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House Panel Approves $44.3 Billion FY ’18 DHS Spending Bill

The House Appropriations Homeland Security (HAC-HS) subcommittee on Wednesday approved by voice vote its version of the FY ’18 spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), providing $44.3 billion in discretionary funding, including $500 million for production of the Coast Guard’s first new medium-endurance cutter and long-lead materials for the second vessel. Rep. […]

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Pekoske Stresses Leadership Continuity To Strengthen TSA

David Pekoske, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), said on Tuesday that if he is confirmed he plans to remain at the agency as long as he is “able” and to look for senior leaders that also are committed to staying on. Pekoske said that he “committed” to Homeland Security […]

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House Appropriations Committee Recommends $44.3 Billion DHS Budget

The House Appropriations Committee (HAC) on Tuesday released its proposed $44.3 billion Department of Homeland Security (DHS) budget request for fiscal year 2018, including $1.6 billion for the Trump administration’s controversial, long-promised wall along the United States border with Mexico. The HAC’s recommendation calls for appropriating a slight increase from the administration’s FY ‘18 request […]

Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Star. The cutter was built by the former Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company and was commissioned in 1977. Photo: Coast Guard

National Academies Of Science Recommend Fleet Of Four Heavy Icebreakers

Contrary to a Coast Guard study that calls for a fleet of six polar icebreakers evenly divided between heavy and medium variants, the National Academies of Science on Tuesday released a report recommending that the service operate four heavy polar icebreakers base on a common design, which offers the lowest cost strategy Proceeding with a […]

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White House Adviser Says Cyber Deterrence Begins By Partnering With Allies

Creating a foundation for cyber security deterrence begins by partnering with countries that think alike, a White House official said on Tuesday. “We’re going to be working with like-minded countries to start to enforce the norms that we’ve talked about that do exist,” Rob Joyce, special assistant to the president and Cyber Coordinator at the […]

Vanderlande's Optosecurity business unit introduced remote screening to the connector facility at Brussels Airport in 2015. Photo: Vanderlande

Vanderlande Acquires Optosecurity, Strengthening Airport Automation Efforts

Baggage handling system provider Vanderlande has acquired Canadian software firm Optosecurity in a deal that strengthens its ability to provide customers with integrated passenger screening processes at airports. Terms of the deal, which closed in late June, were not disclosed. Netherlands-based Vanderlande is known for its automated baggage handling systems, typically used for checked bags […]

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DHS Says Government Executing On Trump’s Cyber Security Order

The federal government is in the process of carrying out President Donald Trump’s cyber security directive in May, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which released a “snapshot” on July 7 of progress made so far. The bulletin, issued by the department’s United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, is the first of planned […]

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IG Cites Continued Shortcomings In DHS Human Resource Management System

A four-year old program designed to provide the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with an integrated and automated employee performance and learning management system falls short of meeting operational requirements and has failed to achieve expected cost savings, according to an internal audit report. DHS entered the Performance and Learning Management System (PALMS) into operations […]

Claire Grady, acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Photo: Defense Department

DHS Management Nominee Stresses Tailored Oversight To Acquisitions

Based on her experience working in the acquisition oversight communities in both the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, the Trump administration’s nominee to head up the DHS management office told a Senate panel that one lesson for her has been that oversight of acquisitions needs to be measured according to the program. Clair Grady, […]

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Amid Urgent Threats, DHS Directing Enhanced Security Measures For Flights To U.S.

The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday issued a directive to all commercial air carriers flying into the United States from foreign airports calling for enhanced security measures to thwart evolving threats by terrorists carried on their persons and in their in tablet and laptop computers that are targeted at commercial aviation. Homeland Security Secretary […]