Archive: Homeland Security

Senate Passes Bill To Operationalize DHS Cyber Protection Agency

The Senate Wednesday evening passed a bill to operationalize the Department of Homeland Security’s main cyber security unit as the agency looks to continue improving election security and critical infrastructure protection efforts against growing cyber threats. The bill renames DHS’ National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and […]

In FAA Bill, Senate Passes TSA Reauthorization, Counter-Drone Measures

The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a five-year reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that includes additional legislative measures that would also reauthorize the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and provide limited authorities to the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to deploy technologies to defeat potential threats from aerial drones. The bipartisan FAA […]

Nielsen: More Funding For States, NPPD Reorganization Bill Needed To Ensure Election Security

The lead official for the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday she is urging state election officials to push Congress for increased election security funding and calling on the Senate to pass a long-standing bill to operationalize a cyber protection office in the department before the year’s end. DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told attendees at […]

Coast Guard Awards Construction Contract For First OPC; Long-Lead For Next OPC And NSC

The Coast Guard on Friday said it had exercised more than $400 million in contract options toward its ongoing surface fleet modernization, including the construction contract with Eastern Shipbuilding for its first of 25 planned medium-endurance Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC). The Coast Guard awarded Florida-based Eastern Shipbuilding a total of $317.5 million to build the […]

Schultz: First CG OPC Award This Week, Working Through Waterway Commerce Cutters

Adm. Karl Schultz, the Coast Guard Commandant, said on Wednesday the service will announce a production award for the first Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) this week and is working its way to develop new Waterway Commerce Cutters. The Coast Guard is planning to procure 25 360-foot OPCs to replace the 27 legacy medium endurance cutters. […]

Development Of Next-Generation Biometric Identity Management System On Schedule, DHS Officials Say

TAMPA, Fla.—More than six months into the development and acquisition of a next-generation cloud-based biometric storage and matching system for the Department of Homeland Security, the Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) effort is holding to schedule, department officials overseeing the program said on Tuesday. The HART program is still on track to have the first […]

First Ever TSA Reauthorization Included In FAA Bill

A congressional bill that that would reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) includes a separate amendment aimed at modernizing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), including a provision that would provide for a five-year term for the head of TSA. The TSA Modernization Act is the first reauthorization of TSA, which stood up in Nov. 2001 […]

DHS Selects L3, Leidos And Smiths Detection For RPM Replacement Program

The Department of Homeland Security last week awarded contracts to three companies–L3 Technologies [LLL], Leidos [LDOS], and Smiths Detection–to supply replacement drive-through radiation portal monitor (RPM) systems for deployment at U.S. ports. The award is worth a combined $291.4 million and was announced via the Sept. 19 FedBizOpps website. The award was made by Office […]

HID Global Acquires Biometric Company Crossmatch

HID Global on Monday said it has acquired the identity management company Crossmatch in a deal that significantly expands its biometric product portfolio and authentication and identity assurance solutions. HID Global, which is part of Sweden’s Assa Abloy Group, didn’t disclose the purchase price. Assa Abloy said in a separate release that Crossmatch, which has […]

Counter Drone Measure Included In Bipartisan House, Senate FAA Agreement

House and Senate conferees last Saturday evening reached agreement on a bipartisan, long-term reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that includes legislation allowing the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to counter threats posed by drones in limited circumstances. The counter unmanned aircraft system (UAS) legislation also allows DHS to research, develop and […]