State Department: Improvements Needed to Strengthen U.S. Passport Fraud Detection Efforts

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Testimony issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Maintaining the integrity of the U.S. passport is essential to the State Department's efforts to protect U.S. citizens from terrorists, criminals, and others. State issued about 8.8 million passports in 2004. During the same year, State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security arrested about 500 individuals for passport fraud, and about 300 persons were convicted. Passport fraud is often intended to facilitate other crimes, including illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and alien smuggling. GAO examined (1) how passport fraud is committed, (2) what key fraud detection challenges State faces, and (3) ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. June 29, 2005.

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Testimony issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Maintaining the integrity of the U.S. passport is essential to the State Department's efforts to protect U.S. citizens from terrorists, criminals, and others. State issued about 8.8 million passports in 2004. During the same year, State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security arrested about 500 individuals for passport fraud, and about 300 persons were convicted. Passport fraud is often intended to facilitate other crimes, including illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and alien smuggling. GAO examined (1) how passport fraud is committed, (2) what key fraud detection challenges State faces, and (3) what effect new passport examiner performance standards could have on fraud detection."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. State Department: Improvements Needed to Strengthen U.S. Passport Fraud Detection Efforts, text, June 29, 2005; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc290666/: accessed September 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.