A team of university researchers said, in lab tests, they were able to hide firearms and other contraband from full-body, backscatter X-ray machines that were used at U.S. airports between 2009 and 2013.
The department on Aug. 18 published an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register, asking the public and other stakeholders how to 'fullly mature' the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards, or CFATS, program and improve it.
Hundreds of millions of dollars were lost due to a misinterpretation of a Federal Emergency Management Agency rule that funds the replacement or repair of facilities after a natural disaster, according to a recent Homeland Security Department inspector general report.
More than 360 smugglers have been arrested and more than $800,000 in illegal payments to smuggling networks have been seized from nearly 440 bank accounts as part of an aggressive campaign to curb the sharp rise in illegal immigration along the southwest border.
When a deadly infectious disease like Ebola breaks out overseas, the responsibility to keep infected individuals out of the United States partly falls on customs officers with little medical training who staff long lines of travelers waiting to enter the country.
The FBI has made notable strides in bringing its practices around national security letters more into compliance with the law, but not when it comes to typographical errors, says a new report from the Justice Department's inspector general.
While the use of military-style tactics and equipment to quash protests in Ferguson, Mo., last week drew widespread concern about police infringing on First Amendment rights, some civil liberties advocates are increasingly concerned about software that law enforcement could potentially exploit to thwart protests as well.
The basic education rights of the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who have migrated across the southwestern border this year are no different from those of other children in the United States, the Education Department said in guidance released last week.
A voluntary program to share cyber threat data with organizations across 16 critical infrastructure sectors has expanded over the past year. But the Homeland Security Department's watchdog recently said enrollment has been slow and the quality of information shared needs improvement.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 55 "disease detectives" and other highly trained experts are in four West African countries, helping to stop the spread of Ebola there.
Poor planning, budget limitations, increased apprehensions and lack of communication with Homeland Security leaders and the White House led Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to release more than 2,000 immigration detainees--including some criminals--in early 2013, the department's watchdog found.
Travelers to the United States will now be able to submit their passport information and customs declaration form through a new smartphone or tablet app as a way to expedite their entry process, the Customs and Border Protection agency said recently.
The National Nuclear Security Administration should reevaluate its needs for biological research facilities as it considers expansion of such labs, the Energy Department's internal watchdog said in a recent audit.
A federal judge, who has served on the secret national-security court, said that certain provisions within a new Senate reform bill overhauling surveillance programs would "undermine the twin goals of protecting privacy and national security."
Since mid-June, the number of illegal immigrants - including scores of unaccompanied children - crossing into Texas have "gone down considerably," Homeland Secretary Jeh Johnson said Aug. 9.
To deal with terrorist groups, drug trafficking and other threats in Africa, the United States and six African countries recently announced a partnership to enhance security governance and capacity.
In the U.S., the CDC said Aug. 6 that it has updated infection-prevention protocols for hospitals to treat any travelers who may have been exposed to the disease. The protocols also cover airport and airline personnel and labs handling specimens from suspected cases.
DHS's Science and Technology Directorate selected the Stevens Institute of Technology based in Hoboken, N.J., and the University of Alaska Anchorage will each receive $1 million to co-lead the Center of Excellence for Maritime Research.
The Energy Department inspector general said it could not independently validate whether space-based sensors being developed to detect nuclear detonations globally will be delivered on time and on budget to the Air Force.