The Senate Feb. 26 is poised to pass a clean bill that it advanced the day before by a 98-2 vote. It fully funds DHS, which has been operating on a continuing resolution for fiscal 2015. That resolution expires on Feb. 27 at 11:59 p.m.
A panel of federal magistrate judges overseeing Hurricane Sandy insurance disputes slammed a confidentiality agreement from insurance carriers that would have required homeowners to stop cooperating with state and federal probes into fraud allegations in exchange for a settlement, the International Business Times reported Feb. 25.
Such funds can be used to mitigate the effects of wildfires such as flooding and mudslides as well as prevent future fires. For every dollar spent on mitigation, Americans save $4 in future disaster costs.
Pew found that 63 percent of the U.S. public now approves of a military campaign against the Islamic State, while 30 percent disapproves. Last October, 57 percent approved while 33 percent disapproved.
Among the findings, violence from sovereign citizens this year "will occur most frequently during routine law enforcement encounters at a suspect's home, during enforcement stops and at government offices," according to the report.
The White House is increasing investments to help communities improve their preparedeness and resilience to the effects of climate change in the proposed fiscal 2016 budget.
Both technologies are being developed at the Army's Edgewood Chemical Biological Center. One is a small electronic device called the VOCkit system, while the other is a a hand-held device called "SmartCAR," which stands for the smart color-metric assay reader.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology awarded $20 million over five years to develop the new Community Resilience Center of Excellence, which will be based in Fort Collins, Colo. The agency has the option to renew the award for another five years after that.
In December, an independent panel convened by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson recommended appointing a director from outside the Secret Service who could act independently of the agency's traditions and personal relationships.
The Secret Service should have its own policies and procedures and a designated "component acquisition executive" that strengthen its acquisition program as well as integrate best practices into its daily operations, the IG report said.
The study, published Feb. 12 in the journal Science Advances, projected that higher levels of man-made greenhouse gas emissions increased the risk of droughts that can last for three decades or more, in these regions – even greater than what's been seen during the last 1,000 years.
Several Homeland Security Department officials testified at a congressional hearing that their agency's operations, staff and work with emergency officials and the private sector would be significantly jolted if lawmakers don't fund the department past Feb. 27.
U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials said they're tracking a growing number of foreign fighters, including more than 150 Americans, who've traveled to Syria and Iraq to fight with terrorist organizations. But they admitted they may not be aware of all such fighters coming from Western countries.
The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence is seeking participants who can provide products and technical expertise that would enable energy companies to essentially gain a greater "situational awareness" of their operations so they can take quick and appropriate action to investigate and address problems as well as share the information with other companies.
The study looked at Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Dakota and South Dakota. The region has been troubled by large floods in recent years, resulting in signficant agricultural damage, billions of dollars in economic losses, deaths and displaced residents.
A pair of House bills introduced last week seek to address security at U.S. airports, including assessing security response plans and ensuring that Transportation Security Administration funding is used cost effectively.
A third attempt to fund the Homeland Security Department through the end of fiscal 2015 failed last week, bringing the department within 20 days of a shutdown.
San Diego State University is developing a program that would display aerial imagery of critical infrastructure before and after a major disaster to help first responders better assess the situation and deploy resources accordingly.
The DHS inspector general launched the investigation after counsel for one detainee reported misconduct at the Karnes City, Texas facility that's operated under a contract by the private GEO Group Inc. All detention officers at the facility are contractual employees.
The agency, which screens passengers at airports, is requesting $7.35 billion for next fiscal year. Of that total budget authority, $7.09 billion is gross discretionary spending.