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The president's 2015 budget request

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.

FEMA raises 'small' threshold for public assistance grants

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.

'Resilience gap' has long-term disruption potential

The United States faces a "resilience gap" with the potential to disrupt the American economy with long-term consequences, an insurance firm official, who also urged Congress to prioritize investments in resilience over disaster response, told a Senate panel Feb. 12. "Should resilience be prioritized over other disaster response costs? Absolutely," said Lindene Patton, chief climate product officer for Zurich Financial Services.

Major disasters were near average in 2013

It was nearly an average year for presidentially declared major disasters in 2013, shows data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Even were flood insurance privatized, government would have a role, says GAO

Even were the private sector to become the main issuer of flood insurance in the United States – as opposed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency-run National Flood Insurance Program – the federal government would likely still have a role in flood insurance, concludes the Government Accountability Office.

Congress again rejects National Preparedness Grant Program

Congressional appropriators again slapped down a Federal Emergency Management Agency attempt to consolidate 16 of its grant programs into a single program known as the National Preparedness Grant Program – but state and local grants appropriations overall are robust.

Omnibus funds record number of Border Patrol agents, ICE detention beds

As a result of  omnibus appropriations  legislation funding federal agencies through September, Customs and Border Protection will have a record level of agents and officers and Immigration and Customs Enforcement will have the highest detention capacity in history. The House approved the $1.02 trillion funding measure by a  vote  of 359-67; the bill is expected to pass the Senate.

FEMA considers next iteration of IPAWS service oriented architecture

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is taking first steps toward redesigning the service oriented architecture that virtually consolidates multiple public alerting systems.

Auditors highlight weak cybersecurity practices at DHS

Components of the Homeland Security Department continue to have weak cybersecurity practices, particularly with the security authorization process, the departmental inspector general says.

Feds can utilize Twitter for information sharing and deeper debate

Twitter gave a lesson to government workers on how to work the social media website to its full advantage, including how to tweet breaking news and how lawmakers can affect policy change through the site. The social media platform issued detailed guidance, saying Twitter alerts provide vital information to the public during fast-moving situations and also gives the public insight into how government works.