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