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FBI Blasted for Biased Bids Favoring Motorola for Two-Way Radio System

Logo-MotorolaBy Steve Neavling

The FBI – again – violated procurement rules in awarding a bid to Motorola Solutions for a new two-way radio system, the Government Accountability Office has concluded.

The Sun Herald reports that the GAO determined that the FBI solicited bids based on features that only Motorola can provide.

The contract was worth $335 million.

Lawyers for the GAO urged the FBI to cancel the solicitations after Motorola rival Harris Corp. protested.

The FBI has been trying to replace its 30-year-old Motorola system.

Justice Department to Begin Tallying Number of Killings by Police Nationwide

Attorney General Loretta Lynch

Attorney General Loretta Lynch

By Steve Neavling

For the first time, the federal government is tallying the number of killings by police around the country.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced a pilot program Monday to begin an open-source system to accurately account for every death at the hands of American law enforcement, the Guardian reports. 

The move comes after activists and lawmakers have called on the federal government to keep better track of the police killings.

The tracking program has begun but will be fully active at the beginning of 2016.

The Bureau pf Justice Statistics will run the program.

Border Patrol Falls Far Short of Goal of Hiring 1,600 Women As Agents

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling

The Border Patrol went on a hiring spree for more female agents but came far short of its goal of hiring up to 1,600 women.

The agency wanted to hire more women because of the tens of thousands of parents and children who crossed the border last year.

By last week’s deadline, the Washington Post reports that only 50 women have been selected.

We are really looking to ramp up,” said Stacy King, Supervisory Human Resources Specialist for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, “but recruitment, hiring and retention of female law enforcement officers continues to be a challenge for us.”

It’s not easy work, said Adriana Palacios, 36, an operations officer and recruiter for the Border Patrol station in Texas.

“You work by yourself,” Palacios said. “You could be alone in the dark and your partner is a mile down the river.”

Homeland Security Reopens Internal Investigation of Secret Service Leak

Joseph Clancy

Joseph Clancy

By Steve Neavling

The Secret Service’s efforts to discredit a congressman has prompted another investigation by Homeland Security’s internal watchdog, the Associated Press reports. 

The move comes after Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy changed when he said he learned about agents investigating the background of Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a frequent critic of the agency.

Still, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson expressed confidence in Clancy.

Clancy originally said he first heard about the leak of Chaffetz information on April 1. But Clancy has since changed his story, saying he heard unsubstantiated rumors about Chaffetz in late March.

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