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GAO Lauds TSA’s Program For Assessing Foreign Airport Security, But Better Data Needed

In the past few years the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has strengthened its program for assessing security at foreign airports with flights into the U.S. although it needs better data to better understand shortcomings in some areas, a government auditor told a House panel on Tuesday. Despite TSA’s efforts, some overseas airports aren’t able to […]

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

Coast Guard Plans For Icebreaker Life Extension Incomplete, GAO Says

The Coast Guard early this year said it would plan for a limited service life extension of its one heavy polar icebreaker, the Polar Star, to prevent a gap in icebreaker operations but the service hasn’t performed the necessary analysis to support its decision, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says in a new report. The […]

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ManTech To Acquire Federal IT Solutions Provider InfoZen

ManTech International [MANT] on Monday said it has agreed to acquire InfoZen for $180 million in cash in a deal that expands customer base with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information technology (IT) solutions. ManTech said it will fund the deal with cash on hand and from its existing credit line. The acquisition […]

FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services headquarters in Clarksburg, W. Va.

Learning From The Past, FBI Refreshing New Biometric Database As It Goes

Unlike its original electronic fingerprint database that went more than a decade without upgrades to its core fingerprint matching software, the FBI’s new multimodal biometric database is being enhanced along the way, taking advantage of the flexibility built into system, an agency official said last week. The FBI’s original Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS), […]

The Border Patrol is testing the InstantEye quadcopter sUAS as well as two fixed-wing systems in operating environments. Photo: PSI Tactical.

Border Patrol Begins Operational Testing Of Small UAS

The Border Patrol is beginning operational tests of field proven, rapidly deployable small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) with a goal of improving the situational awareness and safety of its agents in the field. Customs and Border Protection, which manages the Border Patrol, said last Thursday evening that the series of tests will run into 2018 […]

Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin. Photo: Department of the Treasury

Mnuchin Argues Against National ID For Every Citizen

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday said the U.S. should not create national identification numbers for its citizens, warning against centralizing to much personal information and avoiding a single point of failure in the event of a compromise. Mnuchin said there are “some quarters” in the U.S. that gravitate toward calling for a national ID […]

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Leidos Takes DHS Secure Data Network Contract From Northrop Grumman

Leidos [LDOS] on Tuesday won a potential $684 million contract from the General Services Administration (GSA) to support the Department of Homeland Security’s secure data network used to share classified information across government agencies involved in homeland security missions. Leidos unseated Northrop Grumman [NOC], which won a contract in 2004 to develop and implement the […]

John Boyd, assistant director of the DHS Office of Biometric Identity Management. LinkedIn photo.

As Award Nears, DHS Identity Office Planning For Future Needs

Any day now the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is about to award a contract to replace its existing biometric repository with a more robust and scalable system but the department’s identity management office is already focused on future needs looking out five years and beyond. Other groups within the Office of Biometric Identity Management […]

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Industry Reps Push Cloud Computing, Declassification To Fix Information Sharing With Government

The biggest challenge to securing the cyber resiliency of federal government network systems remains an over-classified, ineffective approach to information sharing, according to a panel of cyber experts speaking at a homeland security summit Tuesday. Two panels at the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference urged federal agency officials to work at reducing the time frame for […]