In fiscal 2014, through Aug. 31, more than 66,000 unaccompanied children up to 17 years old were apprehended at the southwest border. In fiscal 2013, that number was just north of 35,000.
The Homeland Security Department hasn't adequately assessed what supplies it needs in case of an influenza pandemic nor develop plans to replenish its stockpile, an Aug. 24 DHS inspector general report says. In 2006, Congress appropriated $47 million in supplemental funding to DHS for necessary expenses to plan, train and prepare for a potential pandemic.
A top Homeland Security Department official told Senate lawmakers Sept. 10 that Congress needs to update laws to help the department better tackle the growing threat of cyber threats and attacks.
By the end of next week, federal agency laboratories will have to have begun reviews of their safety practices in the wake of widely publicized lapses at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and elsewhere.
The head of the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control said nations need to step up efforts to control the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, after recently visiting several countries there dealing with the outbreak.
The federal government's multiagency center that is on call to respond to radiological incidents has issues with aging equipment, says a recent report from the Energy Department inspector general.
The portion of the Forest Service budget spent fighting wildfires has gradually crept up over the past 20 years, and the agency is worried that the shift is compromising its other responsibilities. In fiscal year 1995, only 16 percent of Forest Service spending was on firefighting activities. This year, that figure has reached 42 percent.
The Congressional Research Service questioned whether the Federal Emergency Management Agency has done enough to prepare for risks to national security in an Aug. 12 report archived by the Federation of American Scientists. The CRS brief doesn't supply any answers or suggestions but rather lays out questions it thinks should be answered after reading FEMA's National Preparedness Report.
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 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.