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Zach Rausnitz is an Editor in the Government Publishing Group at FierceMarkets. He writes regularly for FierceHomelandSecurity, FierceGovernment and FierceMobileGovernment. He previously interned at the Washington bureau of BBC News, where he worked in the TV, radio and online divisions. While at Brown University, where he got a B.A. in English, he wrote for The College Hill Independent. He enjoys riding his bicycle and lives in Washington, D.C. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Articles by Zach Rausnitz
Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher issued a long-awaited directive March 7 to clarify the agency's use-of-force policy. Don't fire weapons at moving vehicles or in response to rock-throwing, the directive (.pdf) says – not unless there's grounds for believing that "an immediate danger of death of serious injury" exists.
The budget for Immigration and Customs Enforcement would drop by $255 million to $5.36 billion in fiscal 2015 under the White House budget request.
Customs and Border Protection's budget would rise to $13.1 billion and the agency would hire an additional 2,000 officers under the White House fiscal 2015 request.
TSA says its risk-based security programs, including PreCheck, will allow it to eliminate the equivalent of 1,441 full-time positions and save $100 million.
President Obama's re-election and the co-opting of fringe ideas by mainstream Republicans appear to have led to a decline in far-right extremist and hate groups, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The Homeland Security Department finalized a rule Friday to prevent sexual abuse in its detention facilities by adding training for officers who work in detention facilities and boosting audit standards.
Customs and Border Protection and its Canadian counterpart have launched the next phase of their pilot program to inspect and clear truck cargo before it reaches the border.
"They're very polite to me, but every now and again when they're not so polite, the term 'hypocrite' gets into the discussion," Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, the SOUTHCOM commander, told the House Armed Services Committee.
Los Angeles and Miami had established their own practices separate from ICE's agencywide guidance on whether to issue warnings or fines. For example, personnel at the Miami office told auditors that "when deciding whether to issue a warning or a fine, they considered the viability of the business and the character of the owners."
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson stressed the need to reform the Border Patrol's use-of-force policies during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing Feb. 26. Johnson said he wanted to personally review recent cases where Border Patrol agents used force, "to ensure that we're getting this right."