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Justice Department revises procedures for individuals on no-fly list seeking redress

The changes reflect the legal pressure brought about by a 2010 lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of 13 Americans, who challenged their inclusion on the list.

Personal info of DHS, FBI and other fed officials posted online by right-wing group, CBS reports

Home addresses of senior and former officials of the Homeland Security Department, FBI and other agencies were posted online allegedly by an unidentified right-wing extremist group, the news organization reported April 15.

Coast Guard must address crew rotation plan designed to improve cutters' performance, GAO says

While the Coast Guard has again delayed testing the feasibility of rotating crews with its new, advanced cutters to increase the ships' operational time at sea, it's implemented an interim plan that may not be as effective.

GAO: Better R&D process needed to bridge nuclear smuggling detection, interdiction gaps

Analysis found that DHS's Domestic Nuclear Detection Office has shortfalls in its documentation procedures, making it difficult to understand how well its R&D investments are addressing the gaps in the government's global nuclear detection architecture.

IG: Coast Guard taking steps to reduce insider threats, but more needs to be done

Although the Coast Guard has taken steps to reduce insider threats, there's still more to do, including training Coast Guard employees about insider threat awareness, says a March 27 Homeland Security Department inspector general report.

US counterterrorism experts say holistic strategy needed to target both Islamic State, al-Qaeda

While the U.S. and allies are currently focusing on the imminent terrorist threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, they should continue to focus on al-Qaeda even though its leader Ayman al Zawahiri has been quiet for months.

DHS releases guidance on $1.6 billion in funding opportunities for states, tribes, local gov'ts

The Homeland Security Department announced April 2 that about $1.6 billion in grant funding to state, local, tribal and territorial governments, among others, is available to help improve the nation's readiness in preventing, responding to and recovering from terrorist attacks.

House lawmakers question TSA process that funnels high-risk travelers through PreCheck

A Transportation Security Administration official said the agency is ramping up marketing to enroll more eligible low-risk travelers who pay to go through an expedited screening program, but will continue to use a process that ferries higher-risk travelers through that same security checkpoint.

House bill would widen Visa Waiver Program despite concerns of intelligence gaps

The bill would expand the program that permits visitors from certain participating countries to enter the country without a visa as a way to boost tourism in the United States, but some have fears that the program could also potentially admit terrorists.

TSA improperly provided 'notorious' convicted felon expedited screening at airport, DHS IG finds

A convicted felon who was also a former member of a domestic terrorist group was allowed by the Transportation Security Administration to go through the expedited passenger screening lane at an airport last year even after a security officer recognized the "notorious" traveler.