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GAO: DHS lacking in foreign language skills

By Lisa Rein
Lisa Rein

Eye Opener
By The Post's Lisa Rein
Since the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, foreign language skills have been vital resources for federal security and intelligence agencies. But a new report by the Government Accountability Office concludes that the Department of Homeland Security has a long way to go in identifying who on its staff even speaks foreign languages, nevermind identifying its need for additional language speakers.

"DHS has no systematic method" for assessing its foreign-language needs and capabilities," the 40-page report concludes, a problem that can affect mission goals and officer safety.

VETERANS: The Eye found herself sitting next to "Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau at a conference on female veterans this week. Trudeau was one of the few men in the crowd of 175 clinicians, vets and advocates for vets who gathered at the Women in Military Service to America Memorial in Arlington for a forum sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs. He quietly took notes in a small black leather-bound book. Trudeau, a long-time advocate for veterans, is known to show up at veterans' conference to do research for the comic strip, which features several vets. But Wednesday's event held particular inspiration: Melissa is a character who suffers from Military Sexual Trauma. MST was a hot topic at the forum.

MILITARY:
See my colleague Greg Jaffe's feature story about portraits of generals in the Pentagon.

GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE: GPO hires its first preservation librarian.


MORE ON SHERROD: Joe Davidson describes Shirley Sherrod's appearance Thursday at the national convention of black journalists meeting in San Diego.

By Lisa Rein  | July 30, 2010; 8:05 AM ET
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Eye Opener, Oversight  
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