Archive: Homeland Defense

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.

House Passes Bevy Of Homeland Security Bills

The House on Monday night passed seven homeland security bills dealing with transportation security, cyber security, immigration and identity management. The bipartisan bills passed by voice vote. “In today’s dynamic threat environment, we must continually evaluate and improve our readiness and response to any threat to our homeland,” Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland […]


Senate Appropriators Back Administration on Border Security Funding

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved its version of a fiscal year 2019 spending bill that prioritizes building physical barriers along the southern border more so than additional technology deployments. The committee’s markup last week of the Department of Homeland Security’s spending bill includes $1.6 billion for physical barriers and related infrastructure, the same as […]

Coast Guard National Security Cutter James (WMSL 754). Photo: Coast Guard

Senate Appropriators Believe Coast Guard Needs 12th National Security Cutter

Even though they didn’t provide funding for a 12th National Security Cutter (NSC) in their markup last week of the Department of Homeland Security’s fiscal year 2019 budget request, the Senate Appropriations Committee says it still believes the Coast Guard needs the vessel. “The Committee continues to believe that the Coast Guard’s fleet of twelve […]


House Votes Down Border Security, Immigration Bill

The House on Thursday afternoon voted down the first of two Republican bills under consideration for bolstering border security and introducing immigration reforms as enough Republicans joined all Democrats in opposing the measure. After the defeat of the first bill, House Republican leaders postponed a vote until at least Friday on similar legislation that was […]


Senate Panel Proposes Increase To DHS Budget, Fully Funds Border Fence

The Senate panel that oversees funding for the Department of Homeland Security is recommending $48.3 billion for the department in fiscal year 2019, an increase above the requested amount and the current budget. The proposal is $900 million more than the Trump administration requested and $611 million above the fiscal year 2018 appropriation, and includes […]

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Government Bars Contractors From Using Kaspersky Products In Support Of Contracts

The federal government last Friday issued plans to modify contracting regulations to prohibit the use of cyber security software provided by a Russian company by contractors in support of federal programs. The interim rule, issued by the Defense Department, General Services Administration, and NASA, “prohibits contractors from providing any hardware, software, or services developed or […]


LANL Contract Competitors Await Debrief This Week

Teams that lost the race to run the Los Alamos National Laboratory for the next 10 years are expecting a formal debriefing from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) this week, after the agency’s decision to entrust the storied weapons lab to a team including longtime manager the University of California.A pair of sources said […]