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DHS's science and technology arm developing long-term, 'big picture' strategic plan

DHS' Science and Technology Directorate is seeking input from other federal, state, local, local, territorial, nongovernmental and private-sector organizations to help develop the "big picture" plan and define core "North Star" visionary goals.

Cultural differences complicate responses to international CBRN incidents, report says

Cultural differences can be a key hurdle in responding to chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incidents in foreign countries, says a report from the National Research Council.

UPDATED- Researchers find security flaws in body X-ray scanners now used in some gov't facilities

A team of university researchers said, in lab tests, they were able to hide firearms and other contraband from full-body, backscatter X-ray machines that were used at U.S. airports between 2009 and 2013.

DHS seeks to 'mature' program to ensure security, safety of high-risk chemical facilities

The department on Aug. 18 published an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register, asking the public and other stakeholders how to 'fullly mature' the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards, or CFATS, program and improve it.

Report: DHS needs to improve cyber threat data sharing with critical infrastructure sectors

A voluntary program to share cyber threat data with organizations across 16 critical infrastructure sectors has expanded over the past year. But the Homeland Security Department's watchdog recently said enrollment has been slow and the quality of information shared needs improvement.

NNSA needs to reevalute proposed expansion of biological research labs, assess needs

The National Nuclear Security Administration should reevaluate its needs for biological research facilities as it considers expansion of such labs, the Energy Department's internal watchdog said in a recent audit.

Senate committee OKs bill aimed at improving DHS chemical plant security program

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on July 30 approved bipartisan legislation aimed at improving the effectiveness of the Homeland Security Department's chemical security program.

House passes three bills designed to strengthen efforts against cyber threats

The House on July 28 passed a trio of bipartisan bills designed to bolster cybersecurity in the crticial infrastructure sector and support the Homeland Security Department's new cybersecurity workforce.

Report: US needs to adopt minimal national security standard for cybersecurity

The United States cannot allow cyber insecurity in information systems to reach a point where weaknesses would result in leaders "unwilling to make a decision or unable to act on a decision fundamental to our national security," said a new think tank report, suggesting a new national security standard for what's important to protect in cyberspace.

IG: Long-delayed repairs to US radiation detection system addressed, readiness enhanced

Improvements to a national radiation monitoring system hampered by long-delayed repairs and maintenance has improved the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to assess such threats to the public and environment, a July 22 internal audit has found.