Archive: Homeland Security

House Passes Coast Guard Authorization Bill

The House on Tuesday evening approved by voice vote a two-year authorization bill for the Coast Guard, sending the legislation to President Trump to be signed into law. The bill gives the Coast Guard multi-year contracting authorities for major acquisition programs, allowing the service to acquire assets more efficiently and at lower costs. The bill […]

DHS Plans Testing Program In 2019 For Counter UAS Systems

With new legislation opening the door for testing, evaluating and eventually deploying systems to mitigate threats from unmanned aircraft systems that can be purchased commercially, the Department of Homeland Security plans to begin evaluating related technologies and systems in 2019. Sandia National Laboratories, on behalf of the DHS Science and Technology Directorate, on Monday issued […]

DHS, DoD Officials Say New Cyber Security Partnership Bearing Results

A recent agreement between the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security on better detailing roles and responsibilities in protecting the homeland from cyber threats and improving the sharing of related information is already paying dividends and is helping to close to uncover potential security gaps, officials from the departments said on Wednesday. “The good thing […]

After Cyber Breaches, OPM Still Has Open Security Recommendations, GAO Warns

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which suffered cyber intrusions discovered in 2015 that compromised personnel records and files on background investigations of more than 25 million people, has implemented most of the Government Accountability Office’s 80 recommendations to strengthen its security posture but more than a third remain open, the auditing agency says in […]

Senate Coast Guard Policy Bill Tracks With House On Acquisition Efforts

Like the House version that passed earlier this year, the Senate’s Coast Guard Authorization Bill that is expected to be voted on Wednesday includes multi-year contracting authorities for major acquisition programs and the establishment of a land-based unmanned aircraft system (UAS). The bill authorizes the Coast Guard for fiscal years 2018 and 2019, and for […]

Trump Taps Duke Energy Security Chief For DHS Infrastructure Protection Job

President Trump on Monday night nominated Brian Harrell, who manages security for Duke Energy [DUK], to be assistant secretary for Infrastructure Protection at the Department of Homeland Security. If confirmed by the Senate, Harrell will fill a spot that has been vacant for the past two months. The Office of Infrastructure Protection coordinates national policies […]

Inhofe Bill Would Provide $25 Billion For Trump’s Border Wall

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) on Thursday introduced legislation that would fully fund the $25 billion President Trump is seeking to erect new and replacement wall and barrier structures along the U.S. southern border with Mexico. To offset the $25 billion in proposed funding, Inhofe’s WALL Act would increase minimum fines levied on illegal border crossers, […]