The United States and Canada recently completed the initial phase of a cross-border, information-sharing experiment to improve responses to emergencies that might affect both nations.
Despite the varying level of interaction between federal homeland security and health officials with the the White House-appointed "Ebola czar," Ron Klain has improved coordination on the issue, said most testifying at a Senate hearing in which Klain was absent.
The new acting director of the Secret Service recently told congressional lawmakers that he's addressing communications failures and gaps in training that allowed a White House fence jumper in September to get as far as the East Room of the mansion.
In 2013, nearly 18,000 people around the world were killed in terrorist attacks, a 61-percent increase from the prior year, according to the recently published annual Global Terrorism Index report. Most of the terrorist incidents were concentrated in only a handful of countries – Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria – collectively accounting for nearly 15,000, or 82 percent, of the fatalities.
Although the Homeland Security Department pledged three years ago to steadily reduce backlogged Freedom of Information Act requests, the number has risen even higher, congressional investigators said.
Westerners are going off to fight alongside jihadists in Syria and Iraq for diverse reasons, ranging from a desire to live in an "authentic Muslim caliphate" to "jihadist cool," a new RAND report explains.
The IG's report listed a number of challenges across the Homeland Security Department over the last year through investigations and audits, but it didn't contain any recommendations.
On the heels of last week's U.S.-China deal to limit greenhouse gases, a White House task force is proposing several measures that federal agencies can take to help communities better prepare for impacts from climate change.
Immigration authorities need to better assess the cost effectiveness of an alternative-to-detention program that releases illegal aliens into the community as they await removal proceedings, congressional investigators said in a Nov. 13 report.
Recent jihadist messages are encouraging "individual jihad" or "small cell" operations to target and attack law enforcement officers and others in the West, warns an intelligence bulletin to local, state and federal government agencies.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency risks mismanaging disaster relief funds because it doesn't track costs or performance data for offices established to deal with long-term recovery efforts, a recently released internal audit found.
And while more lightning strikes could mean a higher incidence of human injuries and deaths, it could also result in more wildfires since half of all such fires now are started by lightning.
The Homeland Security Department has enhanced screening procedures at ports of entry and invoked its authority to prevent people who may be infected with the Ebola virus from flying into the United States, the department's secretary testified at a recent Senate hearing.
Higher risk of armed conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa has been statistically linked to rising temperatures created by climate change, a new study from the University of Colorado Boulder found.
The Homeland Security Department is turning to industry to get information about advanced technologies and systems that can help improve the storage, matching capabilities and analysis of biometric data.
Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have been essential in investigating, solving and preventing crimes, but a new LexisNexis study shows that many law enforcement agencies lack formal policies, training or dedicated staff to use such social media tools.
The Obama administration announced Nov. 7 it will request $5.6 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. The additional funding comes five months after the administration's original OCO request, which funds some Defense and State Department efforts, as well as other international programs.
While the Government Accountability Office found that FEMA — which is the Homeland Security Department's lead agency responsible for such grants — required states to provide justification for such funding starting in fiscal 2012, the data is still unreliable.
With about 22 million people living in hurricane-prone areas along the East and Gulf coasts, the federal government recently released an interactive, online map that can help them evaluate their own risks to storm surges.
Despite a greater focus on nuclear terrorism as a top threat to international security, a new report tries to shed light on nuclear weapons materials that have gone missing – an area that has gotten very little scrutiny.