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Bills would finally authorize CBP, ICE

Two Homeland Security Department agencies that have never received formal authorization from Congress may soon get it for the first time.

Border Patrol pursues body-worn cameras for officers

The new head of Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday he believes in the merits of body-worn video cameras for Border Patrol officers, but technology and privacy challenges have stood in the way of implementation.

Tsarnaev never pulled for secondary inspection despite TECS notices

A misspelling of Tamerlan Tsarnaev's last name and entry of an incorrect birthdate into a federal database contributed to the future Boston Marathon bomber easily passing through U.S. airport security when on a 2012 trip to Caucasus region.

Fisher: Border Patrol committed to using metrics, data

Initially, the Border Patrol needed the Government Accountability Office to prod it. "Quite frankly, they had it right. If you can't measure it, you shouldn't be doing it," Fisher said during remarks at the Border Security  Expo.

Free military equipment can be costly for CBP

PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Defense Department may not charge Customs and Border Protection to repurpose military technology, but the arrangement can still be expensive for CBP.

S&T ready to invest in riskier science

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Now that the Homeland Security Department's Science and Technology Directorate has established a track record and credibility, it plans to take on more risky, futuristic projects, an agency official said Tuesday.

CBP commander in Arizona: Restructuring paid off

PHOENIX, Ariz. – The realignment of Customs and Border Protection's operations in Arizona under a single leader has strengthened the agency in the state, the Arizona commander said Wednesday. But for now, its approach remains unique within CBP.

Johnson: Candidates for ICE director being vetted

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and senators pledged further action Thursday on filling empty leadership positions within the department. The rate of high-level vacancies – positions empty or filled in an acting capacity – at the Homeland Security Department was about 38 percent at the time of Johnson's December confirmation.

CBP official: Don't get swept up in mobility fad

"What happens in government sometimes is we look out and we see what would in other days and times have been called fads, and mobility could be thought of as Pet Rocks, in a certain sense. And we feel we're behind, so we ask questions without necessarily having a use case for them," Mark Borkowski said during the AFCEA Homeland Security  Conference  March 10.

Border Patrol chief issues new use-of-force policy

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.