Thirty-eight teams from around the world participated in the competition to develop accurate predictions of the spread of the chikungunya virus from September 2014 to March 2015 across the Western Hemisphere.
The Automated Commercial Environment program is expected to collect and process data submitted by the international trade community, giving the federal government a better ability to assess risks of cargo coming into the country and facilitate smoother operations at U.S. ports.
The Homeland Security Department's Science and Technology Directorate announced that the Vreeland Institute and Certa Cito have won a prize competition around developing new technologies to track first responders inside buildings.
Over the past five years, the Coast Guard's budget for acquiring assets such as fixed-wing aircraft and various cutters has "fallen short" of what's needed to fully recapitalize the service's assets.
The State Wide Interoperable Communications Enhancement Act would require states to coordinate activities related to interoperability communications policies that are coordinated through an individual or group.
The probability of severe solar storms are low, but they could have a significant impact on the power grid and cause blackouts and damage to equipment resulting in prolonged outages to the system. They can also interrupt communications satellites.
The department could do a better job of collecting data and developing measures and metrics to assess what they're getting out of investments.
TSA hasn't issued guidance to airports on tracking and monitoring preventive maintenance. It also relies on contractors to provide data, but doesn't verify that the maintenance has been done and in a timely manner.
Advanced technology, called Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response, or FINDER, can detect heartbeats of people and was jointly developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and DHS's Science and Technology Directorate.
The Homeland Security Department's inspector general designated the matter as a "material weakness," meaning it's a major problem with the agency's internal controls.