A panel of federal magistrate judges overseeing Hurricane Sandy insurance disputes slammed a confidentiality agreement from insurance carriers that would have required homeowners to stop cooperating with state and federal probes into fraud allegations in exchange for a settlement, the International Business Times reported Feb. 25.
The White House is increasing investments to help communities improve their preparedeness and resilience to the effects of climate change in the proposed fiscal 2016 budget.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology awarded $20 million over five years to develop the new Community Resilience Center of Excellence, which will be based in Fort Collins, Colo. The agency has the option to renew the award for another five years after that.
Several Homeland Security Department officials testified at a congressional hearing that their agency's operations, staff and work with emergency officials and the private sector would be significantly jolted if lawmakers don't fund the department past Feb. 27.
The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence is seeking participants who can provide products and technical expertise that would enable energy companies to essentially gain a greater "situational awareness" of their operations so they can take quick and appropriate action to investigate and address problems as well as share the information with other companies.
A pair of House bills introduced last week seek to address security at U.S. airports, including assessing security response plans and ensuring that Transportation Security Administration funding is used cost effectively.
San Diego State University is developing a program that would display aerial imagery of critical infrastructure before and after a major disaster to help first responders better assess the situation and deploy resources accordingly.
The agency, which screens passengers at airports, is requesting $7.35 billion for next fiscal year. Of that total budget authority, $7.09 billion is gross discretionary spending.
Among some of the bigger budget winners within the Homeland Security Department, management and operations, the inspector general's office and the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office would see double-digit percentage increases under the president's recently unveiled 2016 budget proposal. However, DHS's research and development would see a significant decline in its proposed spending plan.
The Coast Guard, which has numerous responsibilities ranging from search and rescue to drug interdiction, would see a modest 1.6 percent increase – or about $153 million – under the president's recently unveiled 2016 budget proposal.