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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.

DHS official says reports that portable radiation detectors will cost $1M apiece are wrong

The head of the Homeland Security Department's office charged with preventing nuclear terrorism said a recently issued solicitation is not looking to purchase portable radiation detection devices that will cost up to a $1 million apiece.

Growth of FEMA's administrative costs during disaster recovery and response worries GAO

For federally declared disasters that occurred between 1989 and 1995, only 9 percent of aid money went toward administrative costs. From 2004 through 2011, that number rose to 18 percent.

One CDC high-containment lab resumes transfer activities halted after anthrax mishandling debacle

One of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's so-called high-containment laboratories was allowed to resume its transfer of inactivated dangerous organisms on July 24, a day after a CDC official resigned in the wake of the agency's anthrax mishandling scandal.

As Congress mulls options to deal with migrant chldren, agencies try to cope with border crisis

The Senate Appropriations Committee chairwoman released a draft bill July 23 that would provide more than $1 billion in emergency funding to help the Homeland Security Department and other departments cope with the influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the southwestern border.

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.

CDC head says "pattern" of poor safety in handling pathogens at labs

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention admitted that a recent incident potentially exposing staff to anthrax has revealed a "pattern" of poor safety measures in handling such dangerous pathogens over the years.

NATO seeks software to help it prevent chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents

According to a solicitation posted on FedBizOps July 8, NATO's Communications and Information Agency is seeking commercial-off-the-shelf software that will provide command and control functionality, which would also protect forces from effects of such incidents.