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Alarm system at ex-President George H.W. Bush's Houston home broken for 13 months

Although a new permanent alarm was obtained in mid-January 2014, it wasn't installed until November and December 2014. The Secret Service said it was determining why there was a delay. However, the agency installed a temporary alarm in April 2014.

Feds plan to improve resilience of four regions around US to impacts from climate change

The Interior Department, Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the goal is to ensure that long-term conservation efforts in the selected areas in southwest Florida, Hawaii, Washington state and the Great Lakes region take climate change into account.

Lone wolf terrorism not on the rise, but police, military personnel are top targets, report says

Although new research shows that lone wolf terrorism isn't on the rise in America, these individuals with no ties to organized terrorist groups are primarily targeting police and military personnel and prefer using high-velocity firearms.

DHS chief shares plan for Silicon Valley satellite office, also talks China, NCCIC and encryption

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said the department is finalizing plans to open a Silicon Valley satellite office "to serve as another point of contact" in remarks to RSA Conference April 21.

New report calls for greater cooperation, research in Arctic region among nations

The report, which is based on a Feb. 23 meeting of 45 Arctic experts, government officials and representatives of leading non-government organizations, said the Arctic "should be kept apart from the curent complex geo-political environment" as much as possible.

Coast Guard makes plea for more boats to combat drug trafficking off US southern coast

The service is the nation's foremost defense against cocaine, but about half of the Coast Guard's high-confidence intelligence drug trafficking cases in the Caribbean cannot be acted on because it doesn't have enough ships there.

With Earth Day nearing, Obama calls climate change biggest threat to planet

With 2014 as the warmest year on record and 14 of the 15 hottest years on record in the 21st Century, Obama said there will be stronger storms, longer droughts and more wildfires, among other implications.

ICE could have saved up to $40M by improving detainee air transport program, DHS audit finds

ICE Air Operations, which is responsible for transporting detainees within the United States or returning them to their countries of origin, does not collect data that could help it better support operational decisions and improve program effectiveness.

Secret Service making moves to 'combat' personnel misconduct, DHS IG tells lawmakers

However, John Roth says there's a feeling among Secret Service officers that they can't report such misconduct to superiors because they fear retaliation, which is a serious problem.

DHS officials: CDM, Einstein programs will improve federal cyber defenses in next 2 years

Both programs provide a basic level of security across the federal government regardless of an agency's cybersecurity skill set or resources at a given moment.

Justice Department revises procedures for individuals on no-fly list seeking redress

The changes reflect the legal pressure brought about by a 2010 lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of 13 Americans, who challenged their inclusion on the list.

Study: Evacuation for thousands of coastal residents hindered if tsunami hits Pacific Northwest

The study examined 49 cities, seven tribal reservations and 17 counties threatened by tsunami waves triggered by a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. It looked at the size of the population and businesses in those communities, demographics and evacuation time by foot.

Personal info of DHS, FBI and other fed officials posted online by right-wing group, CBS reports

Home addresses of senior and former officials of the Homeland Security Department, FBI and other agencies were posted online allegedly by an unidentified right-wing extremist group, the news organization reported April 15.

USGS highlights growing wildfire risk in Wyoming

Scientists predict climate change will make southwestern Wyoming increasingly vulnerable to wildfire and directly impact plant and animal life in the region, finds a new study by the United States Geological Survey.

Coast Guard must address crew rotation plan designed to improve cutters' performance, GAO says

While the Coast Guard has again delayed testing the feasibility of rotating crews with its new, advanced cutters to increase the ships' operational time at sea, it's implemented an interim plan that may not be as effective.

GAO: Better R&D process needed to bridge nuclear smuggling detection, interdiction gaps

Analysis found that DHS's Domestic Nuclear Detection Office has shortfalls in its documentation procedures, making it difficult to understand how well its R&D investments are addressing the gaps in the government's global nuclear detection architecture.

Little attention devoted to reducing fatalities of railroad trespassers, new CRS analysis shows

In 2014, there were 526 trespasser deaths, 419 trespasser injuries, 213 suicides and 40 injuries from suicide attempts on railroad property compared with just two deaths and 128 injuries from derailments and collisions.

Report: U.S. education about Islam lacking

As the values and beliefs of Islam have entered public debate in light of fears about terrorist attacks carried out by Muslim extremists, there's an imperative for public schools to better educate students about the religion, says a report from the Brookings Institution.

Drought in western U.S. sets up early wildfire season

The historic drought conditions in California are expected to lead to earlier wildfires this year, says a report from the National Interagency Fire Center.

On Mexico's other border, trade and travel largely uncontrolled

Conditions at Mexico's southern border show little to suggest that Mexico and Guatemala have enough capacity for or interest in building the kind of strict controls seen at Mexico's northern border, a new report indicates.