Biography for David Perera
David Perera is executive editor of the FierceMarkets Government Group, which includes FierceGovernment, FierceGovernmentIT, FierceHomelandSecurity, and FierceMobileGovernment. He has reported on all things federal since January 2004 and is co-author of Inside Guide to the Federal IT Market, a book published in October 2012. Based in greater-metro Washington, D.C., Dave can be reached here and can be found on LinkedIn or here. Tweeting at @daveperera.
Articles by David Perera
Airport security X-ray screeners are trained to spot dangerous objects in luggage--but a new study finds that humans doing image-based item recognition tend to overlook unusual items, letting them slip by. What they found, based on more than 20 million examples, is that ultra-rare prohibited items--30 of the total items, which showed up less than .15 percent of the time in the game--were detected only 27 percent of the time.
There are ways a diversifing Coast Guard can avoid the negative consequences on group dynamics such as interpersonal conflict and personnel turnover that diversity can cause, writes Cmdr. Laura Collins, currently a Coast Guard fellow at the Rand Corporation.
A federal judge ordered (.pdf) in November the case to go to public bench trial. Ibrahim, an observant Muslim who wears a hijab, seeks her removal from the watchlist. She is also suing under the First Amendment, asserting that the government burdened her exercise of religion.
The Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Transportation Security Administration say they're going to work more closely together in a joint strategic plan they posted online Nov. 18.
A federal appeals court turned down an attempt by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration to overturn a lower court's ruling on the unconstitutionality of the stop-and-frisk practices of the New York Police Department.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula continues to pose an immediate security threat to Yemen and to the United States, despite the central government's recovery of territory in the south previously under AQAP control, a State Department official told a Nov. 19 House panel.
A tornado warning from the National Weather Service today comes in two settings--in effect or not--and that should be changed in favor of a more nuanced system, concludes a government investigation into the 2011 tornado in Joplin, Mo.
Delaying the onset of National Flood Insurance Program premium increases would only end up "subsidizing risk," Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate told a Nov. 19 House panel. However, FEMA does want to "work with Congress on how to we look at affordability for someone who is in their home now," Fugate told the House Financial Services subcommittee on housing and insurance.
Mexican panga boats operated by smugglers once were primarily a problem along the southern California coast, but now they're coming as far north as San Francisco, a Coast Guard admiral told a Nov. 19 House panel.
A Homeland Security Department plan to complete an incremental, component-by-component modernization of financial management systems by fiscal 2018 is under a tight schedule, said Chip Fulgham, the department's acting chief financial officer.