Information Technology: Terrorist Watch Lists Should Be Consolidated to Promote Better Integration and Sharing

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A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Terrorist and criminal watch list systems--sometimes referred to as watchout, lookout, target, or tip-off systems--are important tools in controlling and protecting our nation's borders. The events of September 11, 2001, and other incidents since then, have highlighted the need to share these watch lists. In light of the importance of border security, GAO was asked to identify federal databases and systems that contain watch lists, the agencies that maintain and use them in protecting our nation's borders, the kind of data they contain, whether federal agencies ... continued below

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United States. General Accounting Office. April 15, 2003.

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A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Terrorist and criminal watch list systems--sometimes referred to as watchout, lookout, target, or tip-off systems--are important tools in controlling and protecting our nation's borders. The events of September 11, 2001, and other incidents since then, have highlighted the need to share these watch lists. In light of the importance of border security, GAO was asked to identify federal databases and systems that contain watch lists, the agencies that maintain and use them in protecting our nation's borders, the kind of data they contain, whether federal agencies are sharing information from these lists with each other and with state and local governments and private organizations, the structural characteristics of those lists that are automated, and whether opportunities exist to consolidate these watch lists."

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United States. General Accounting Office. Information Technology: Terrorist Watch Lists Should Be Consolidated to Promote Better Integration and Sharing, report, April 15, 2003; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc290419/: accessed October 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.