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Clock ticks for Congress to pass full DHS budget; Johnson warns of impacts to department

The Senate Feb. 26 is poised to pass a clean bill that it advanced the day before by a 98-2 vote. It fully funds DHS, which has been operating on a continuing resolution for fiscal 2015. That resolution expires on Feb. 27 at 11:59 p.m. 

Proposal to Hurricane Sandy victims from FEMA, insurers draws condemnation from judges

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.

New bill would provide wildfire victims access to same resources as other natural disaster victims

Such funds can be used to mitigate the effects of wildfires such as flooding and mudslides as well as prevent future fires. For every dollar spent on mitigation, Americans save $4 in future disaster costs.

Helping communities deal with climate change is major focus in '16 budget, says OMB official

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.

Army developing new advanced technologies to sniff out, precisely ID chemical, biological threats

Both technologies are being developed at the Army's Edgewood Chemical Biological Center. One is a small electronic device called the VOCkit system, while the other is a a hand-held device called "SmartCAR," which stands for the smart color-metric assay reader.

New NIST-funded center aims to enhance local resilience, recovery from major weather hazards

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.

Lack of continued DHS funding would greatly disrupt operations, several agency officials say

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.

US intel officials say tracking radicalized foreign fighters difficult, numbers may be greater

U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials said they're tracking a growing number of foreign fighters, including more than 150 Americans, who've traveled to Syria and Iraq to fight with terrorist organizations. But they admitted they may not be aware of all such fighters coming from Western countries.

New research finds increase in Midwest floods; possible link to climate change

The study looked at Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Dakota and South Dakota. The region has been troubled by large floods in recent years, resulting in signficant agricultural damage, billions of dollars in economic losses, deaths and displaced residents.

Two new House bills seek to enhance airport security, effectively use TSA funding

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.