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CRS: FEMA needs better performance measures for national preparedness

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'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.

IG: FEMA's 50-percent rule costing gov't hundreds of millions of dollars in overpayments

Hundreds of millions of dollars were lost due to a misinterpretation of a Federal Emergency Management Agency rule that funds the replacement or repair of facilities after a natural disaster, according to a recent Homeland Security Department inspector general report.

Disease outbreak worries put pressure on US customs officers

When a deadly infectious disease like Ebola breaks out overseas, the responsibility to keep infected individuals out of the United States partly falls on customs officers with little medical training who staff long lines of travelers waiting to enter the country.

Worries mount over law enforcement using technology to disrupt protests amid Ferguson unrest

While the use of military-style tactics and equipment to quash protests in Ferguson, Mo., last week drew widespread concern about police infringing on First Amendment rights, some civil liberties advocates are increasingly concerned about software that law enforcement could potentially exploit to thwart protests as well.

CDC sends 'disease detectives' to Africa to stop Ebola spread, boosts US preparation

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 55 "disease detectives" and other highly trained experts are in four West African countries, helping to stop the spread of Ebola there.

DHS secretary: Apprehensions at southern border have declined "considerably"

Since mid-June, the number of illegal immigrants- including scores of unaccompanied children- crossing into Texas have "gone down considerably," Homeland Secretary Jeh Johnson said Aug. 9.

White House, African nations announce security intiaitive to counter terrorism, other threats

To deal with terrorist groups, drug trafficking and other threats in Africa, the United States and six African countries recently announced a partnership to enhance security governance and capacity.

CDC surging efforts to curb Ebola outbreak in Africa, contain any potential spread in US

In the U.S., the CDC said Aug. 6 that it has updated infection-prevention protocols for hospitals to treat any travelers who may have been exposed to the disease. The protocols also cover airport and airline personnel and labs handling specimens from suspected cases.