This winter's annual maximum of Arctic sea ice was the fifth lowest since satellite records began to be compiled in 1978, the National Snow and Ice Data Center says. A late season surge in early March helped spread out ice pack in the Barents Sea, where ice cover had otherwise been low all winter, the center says.
Last October, the DoD began construction of a 30 acre complex for medical countermeasure manufacturing in Alachua, Fla., near Gainesville. It expects to complete the facility by the end of fiscal 2015. But HHS already runs three manufacturing facilities for medical countermeasures, which are vaccines and medicines for possible pandemics or bioterror attacks.
Counterterrorism expert Seth Jones cautioned lawmakers not to dwell too much on the core of al Qaeda and lose sight of other groups during a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing April 8. "Using the core al Qaeda and its strength or weakness as a gauge of the movement in my view is increasingly anachronistic," Jones said.
Vice Adm. Paul Zukunft kept his expression even and his tone modulated, humble – but Tuesday's confirmation hearing for the position of the next Coast Guard commandant still ended with the 37-year service veteran aglow from approbation. "I think you'll be a whiz right through here, you'll be out of here before you know it," promised Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.)
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Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson called for steps toward a more cohesive Homeland Security Department in an April 22 memo. One change will be twice monthly meetings with Johnson and the department's senior leaders – mainly component heads and undersecretaries – where they can "openly place on the table issues, arguments, and disagreements concerning our most challenging issues," Johnson says.
Federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment Wednesday against three men accused of illegally exporting laboratory equipment to Syria since 2003.
A military judge in Guantanamo Bay ordered prosecutors to reveal information about how they detained, transported and interrogated Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, who is accused of planning the 2000 USS Cole suicide bombing. Regarding his interrogations, prosecutors must turn over all related summaries, reports, logs and notes. Additionally, they must provide unredacted copies of any requests to use "enhanced interrogation techniques" on al Nashiri, the order says.
A recent sharp rise in asylum seekers claiming fear of persecution or torture has prompted U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to train its employees to be more stringent when evaluating claims. Lawmakers and officials have wondered whether the spike stemmed more from rising violence in places like Central America or from foreigners trying to exploit the system in order to get into the United States.
The Boston Marathon bombing led to a rethinking of the notion that law enforcement must secure a perimeter after a violent incident before emergency medical services can enter and treat victims.
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The General Services Administration's federal social media registry allows those with a.gov or.mil email address to register federal accounts on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and, soon, Instagram. The registry – which serves as the federal government's solution for addressing copycat and unauthorized social media accounts – likely won't stop with Instagram either.
Allowing Staples retail stores to handle Postal Service products will degrade the integrity of USPS customer service and move USPS toward privatization, the American Postal Workers Union says. USPS launched more than 80 retail postal centers in Staples stores staffed by non-USPS employees and that's drawn the ire of the APWU.