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Leidos Protests DHS Biometric Database Award To Northrop Grumman

Leidos [LDOS] this week filed a protest with the government over the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) selection in late September of Northrop Grumman [NOC] to develop a new multimodal biometric database. Leidos filed its protest with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Oct. 10 and the agency has until Jan. 18, 2018 to render […]

Trump Nominates Kelly Aide To Run DHS

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he will nominate Kirstjen Nielsen to be secretary of Homeland Security, promoting a chief aide of John Kelly, his chief of staff and former Department of Homeland Security head. Nielsen served as Kelly’s chief of staff at DHS until he was tapped by Trump to be his chief of […]

The current arrival process to the U.S. includes a fingerprint check of foreign nationals and a manual photo taken by a CBP officer. Photo: CBP

CBP Evaluating Biometric Technology At TSA Checkpoint

Expanding its evaluation of face recognition in the airport environment, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has deployed the technology to a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint at a U.S. airport for a data collection effort. The 30-day trial at TSA’s Terminal 7 international checkpoint at John F. Kennedy in New York involves using a camera […]

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House, Senate Committees Approve Border And Cyber Security Bills

The House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday marked up a $15 billion authorization bill that would provide $10 billion for President Donald Trump’s security wall along the southern U.S. border, related infrastructure, and technology and air assets. The bill also provides another $5 billion for modernizing U.S. ports of entry. Debate over the Border Security […]

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Following SEC Response To Cyber Breach, DHS Mulls Stronger Role In Federal Civilian Incidents

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is reviewing how it goes about responding to cyber security incidents across the federal civilian government even if an agency doesn’t request help, a department official said on Tuesday. In 2016, a computer system used by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to receive corporate financial disclosures was breached. […]

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TSA To Release RFP For Enrollment Services Contract Soon

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) soon expects to issue a solicitation to kick-off a re-competition for a contractor-owned and operated service that enrolls and vets people for various trusted participant programs. The Request for Proposal (RFP) for the new Universal Enrollment Services (UES) program is expected to be released in late October or early November […]

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Northrop Grumman Nabs DHS Identity Management Award

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Friday selected Northrop Grumman [NOC] as the prime contractor to create a new multimodal biometric identity management system meant ultimately designed to provide the department’s components and other federal stakeholders with greater capabilities to ferret out terrorists and criminals. Northrop Grumman beat CSRA, Inc. [CSRA] and Leidos [LDOS] […]

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DHS Ready To Deploy Tool To Heighten Awareness Of Federal Networks

A new cyber security tool is set to become operational in October and will give cyber analysts within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) more insight into capabilities and potential threats and vulnerabilities across federal civilian networks, a department official said on Friday. The federal dashboard is set to go live in October and provide […]

Nicholas Rasmussen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center. Photo: NCTC

Threats To Aviation On The Rise, U.S. Counterterroism Chief Warns

There are several changes in the terrorist threat landscape over the past year, including new threats to aviation security, the head of the U.S. agency responsible for leading the nation’s counter-terrorism efforts said on Wednesday. There has been a “resurgence of aviation threats,” in the past year, “reaching a level of concern we in the […]