Registered Sex Offenders: Sharing More Information Will Enable Federal Agencies to Improve Notifications of Sex Offenders’ International Travel
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Apr. 29, 2013
Information “from August 1 to September 30, 2012, showed that the two agencies [ICE and USNCB] had significant differences in the number of offenders they identified in notifications. USNCB [United States National Central Bureau] sent notifications on 105 traveling sex offenders that ICE [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] did not, and, conversely, ICE sent notifications on 100 traveling sex offenders that USNCB did not. In part this is because the two agencies rely on different information sources and do not share information with one another. Taking steps to ensure that these agencies have all available information on the same registered sex offenders traveling internationally could help ensure that the agencies are providing more comprehensive information to their foreign counterparts to help inform public safety decisions” (p. i). Sections of this report address: background; federal agencies collect information on traveling registered sex offenders, but the information could be more comprehensive; ICE and USNCB notify foreign officials about some registered sex offenders traveling abroad, but improved information sharing could increase the number and content of these notifications; conclusions; recommendations for Executive Action; and agency comments and GAO’s evaluation.