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DHS has found little evidence of domestic violent extremism in its own workforce, although the review added that the department’s components differ in how they record and investigate such allegations.

A review ordered last April by DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas found 35 such allegations involving DHS employees between fiscal 2019 and last June, but of those only four “involved active participation or support for violent extremist activity over the covered period.” The others “were either unsubstantiated as being related to domestic violent extremism or found to be miscategorized in the data call responses.”

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However, it said that “Because of the challenges with identifying, categorizing, and tracking this information, it is possible that the data call resulted in an under-reporting of the number of allegations made and investigations conducted. Future efforts to educate the workforce and provide clear guidance about what constitutes violent extremist activity and how to report it, along with other recommendations in this report, will help ensure that future data calls are more reliable.”

It said that such allegations typically were not categorized on their own but rather included with allegations of workplace violence; that there was no official definition of what constitutes domestic violent extremism; that responsibility for investigating such allegations could fall to a number of different offices; and that those offices lacked policies for sharing information about such allegations.

The study made recommendations for addressing those issues as well as for workforce training specific to identifying and reporting violent extremist activity.

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