The Federal Emergency Management Agency would receive $10.38 billion under President Obama's fiscal 2015 budget, up from $9.96 billion enacted for this year.
The two programs at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services funded on a discretionary basis would see sizable budget increases under President Obama's fiscal 2015 request.
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.
The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program within the Homeland Security Department would get $86 million in funding under the White House budget proposal for the coming fiscal year.
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.
The Coast Guard budget for the coming fiscal year would slip below $10 billion under the White House federal spending proposal released Tuesday.
The Obama administration's fiscal 2015 budget requests $1.05 billion less in discretionary spending for the Homeland Security Department than it's set to receive this year. Still, its total budget authority, including mandatory spending and fees, would rise by about $264 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 dollar threshold for a disaster recovery project considered "small" by the Federal Emergency Management Agency has gone up by more than half, to $120,000. Small construction projects that FEMA funds through public assistance grants after presidentially declared major disasters are subject to significantly less paperwork and inspection requirements.
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.
A long-awaited, somewhat delayed contract for towers hung with high-tech sensors to detect movement along the southwest border went to Texas-based EFW, Customs and Border Patrol announced Feb. 27.
Democratic lawmakers on the House Homeland Security Committee raised misgivings about the CFATS reauthorization bill during a subcommittee hearing on the newly proposed legislation.
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.
Insurance industry representatives again urged Congress to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, telling a Senate panel that uncertainty surrounding its renewal is already causing premium increases.
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."
Adm. Robert Papp struck a note of mild triumphalism for the final annual address he'll deliver to the Coast Guard as its commandant. Papp is set to retire from the service after his four year term as the top officer in the chain of command comes to a finish at the end of this May.
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."