U.S. officials and others have said that extreme violence, persistent poverty and other problems in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala spurred last summer's migration of tens of thousands of unaccompanied migrant children.
Such an evaluation would help the department's counterterrorism bureau ensure accountability, better measure the program's impact and effectiveness, and shape future programming decisions, but it's been postponed since 2012.
The White House announced July 15 a major initiative to improve the legal immigration system that officials said is now complex, paper-based and confusing to users applying for a visa.
Between August 1998 and December 2014, there have been about 30 attacks against U.S. diplomatic residences and other soft targets, congressional investigators said.
Some agencies haven't be consistent in following guidance for reviewing priority goals, says a July Government Accountability Office report.
The Global Peace Index said total deaths from terrorism increased by 9 percent to about 20,000. The largest increases in terrorist activity occurred in Niger, Cameroon and Nigeria, the second most deadly country for terrorism after Iraq.
In a June 12 notice, the State Department said there is no evidence that the problem is cybersecurity related, but it also couldn't say when the problem will be resolved.
A new National Research Council report says the State Department needs to take greater advantage of science and technology capabilities to promote U.S. foreign policy, economic and national security interests and address complex global challenges.
The State Department has already invested billions of dollars in the expansion of its embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan since 2002 and the spending continues to rise because the agency hasn't properly assessed the risk and cost of the project, says a May 19 Government Accountability Office report.
Officials at several agencies told a Senate panel that Freedom of Information Act requests have become unmanageable because of a dramatic increase in the number of requests over the last few years.