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.
Customs and Border Protection, which has the largest budget among all components within the Homeland Security Department, would see a 6.3 percent jump – or about $800 million – under the president's recently unveiled 2016 budget proposal.
According to CBP policy, high-risk shipments should be scanned with radiation detection and nonintrusive inspection equipment. However, CBP agents can waive that examination if the shipment meets a "standard exception" or "articulable reason."
The Homeland Security Department's inspector general said Transportation Security Administration officials are unnecessarily concealing information in a new report that highlighted the vulnerabilities of security controls of DHS technology systems at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The Homeland Security Department's inspector general said it could not reconcile maintenance labor hours to see if they were being recorded accurately. And the agency doesn't have adequate internal controls to address the problems.
The agency had been planning to acquire 14 more drones – in addition to the 10 operational ones it has now – at a cost of about $443 million that the IG said could be put to better use by investing into alternatives such as manned aircraft and ground surveillance.
With the new Customs and Border Protection app, users can locate the three closest ports of entry to them and then determine the best route to where they want to cross.
The Justice Department is expected to update guidance Dec. 8, prohibiting federal law enforcement officials from profiling individuals based on national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity, in addition to race and ethnicity that was banned more than a decade ago.
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.
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.