Archive: Homeland Security

Acting DHS S&T Chief Reorganizing, Revitalizing Directorate

The Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate within the Department of Homeland Security is transitioning to a new organizational structure that he says will be more transparent for all to see and more accountable and flexible to address rapidly changing threats and take advantage of existing technology solutions that are also innovating quickly. The revitalization effort […]

House Committee Passes Counter UAS, Cyber, Border Security Bills

In likely its last markup this year, the House Homeland Security Committee on Thursday unanimously approved five bills dealing with cyber and border security and countering drones, sending them to the House for consideration. One bill, the Hack the Department of Homeland Security Act of 2017 (S. 1281), passed the Senate earlier this year. The […]

TSA Issues RFP For Next-Generation Checkpoint Baggage Scanners

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) last Friday solicited bids for its next-generation of carry-on baggage scanners that will be used at airport checkpoints with the promise of improving the experience for travelers while enhancing aviation security. The RFP is for Advanced Technology/Computed Tomography (AT/CT) systems, with AT systems representing the current technology deployed at airport […]

White House, DHS Planning ‘Cyber Security Moonshot,’ First Study Set For November

Department of Homeland Security and White House technology officials are working on a “cyber security moonshot” effort to fix lagging digital security issues in the face of growing adversarial cyber threats with a first study on the plan due in November. Jeanette Manfra, assistant secretary at DHS’ National Protection and Programs Directorate, and Grant Schneider, […]

TSA Awards Leidos $197 Million Bridge To Continue Support For Checkpoint Screening Equipment

After successfully getting the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to terminate a potential $578 million contract with Peraton, incumbent contractor Leidos [LDOS] has received a potential $196.5 million bridge contract from the agency to continue providing maintenance for airport checkpoint screening equipment while a new competition is held. TSA last week said the bridge contract runs […]

Airport Executive Suggests Aviation Industry Needs Mandated Cyber Security Standards

Cyber security standards and best practices don’t appear to be widely adopted by airports and given pervasive cyber threats Congress should consider directing the adoption of these standards across the aviation industry, an airport executive told a House panel on Thursday. Citing a 2015 survey, Michael Stephens, executive vice president for Information Technology and General […]

ManTech Nabs $668 Million Cyber Security Order To Help Protect Federal Agencies

ManTech International [MANT] on Wednesday said it has been awarded a potential $668 million contract through the General Service Administration (GSA) to support the Department of Homeland Security’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program that helps federal civilian agencies protect their networks. The six-year task order was awarded under the CDM Dynamic and Evolving Federal […]

Pekoske Touts Operational Testing Results For CT Scanners At Checkpoints

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is in the final phases of operational testing of next-generation parcel scanners for use at airport security checkpoints with the program on track and producing good results, David Pekoske, the agency’s chief, said on Wednesday. “I am very pleased so far with the results” of the ongoing operational testing and […]

House Passes Slew Of Homeland, Cyber Security Bills

The House On Tuesday evening and Wednesday approved a number of bills dealing with homeland and cyber security, including legislation to enhance cyber deterrence, strengthen the Department of Homeland Security’s role in countering potential threat drones, and codify the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) cyber security program within DHS. All but one bill, the Biometric […]