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DHS needs to improve FOIA processing, cost reporting, congressional investigators say

Although the Homeland Security Department pledged three years ago to steadily reduce backlogged Freedom of Information Act requests, the number has risen even higher, congressional investigators said.

From cybersecurity to transportation, IG lists major challenges facing DHS

The IG's report listed a number of challenges across the Homeland Security Department over the last year through investigations and audits, but it didn't contain any recommendations.

White House releases report, toolkit to help communities deal with climate change impacts

On the heels of last week's U.S.-China deal to limit greenhouse gases, a White House task force is proposing several measures that  federal agencies can take to help communities better prepare for impacts from climate change.

DHS seeks recommendations on biometric data storage, analysis

The Homeland Security Department is turning to industry to get information about advanced technologies and systems that can help improve the storage, matching capabilities and analysis of biometric data.

Most law enforcement pros use social media in investigations, but training and policies lacking

Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have been essential in investigating, solving and preventing crimes, but a new LexisNexis study shows that many law enforcement agencies lack formal policies, training or dedicated staff to use such social media tools.

FEMA implementing better rules to track funding allocated to fusion centers, GAO says

While the Government Accountability Office found that FEMA — which is the Homeland Security Department's lead agency responsible for such grants — required states to provide justification for such funding starting in fiscal 2012, the data is still unreliable.

New online map displays national perspective of storm surges along Eastern, Gulf coasts

With about 22 million people living in hurricane-prone areas along the East and Gulf coasts, the federal government recently released an interactive, online map that can help them evaluate their own risks to storm surges.

DHS IG: Major budget cuts force Coast Guard to forgo IT upgrades for some ships, aircraft

Due to significant budget cuts, aging ships and aircraft in the Coast Guard's fleet haven't gotten planned critical IT systems upgrades, which could hamper their vital missions, an audit revealed.

DHS expands screening for international travelers who don't need a visa to enter US

Concerned about the rising number of people with Western passports fighting with terrorist groups, Homeland Security Department officials earlier this week began collecting more information about international visitors who aren't required to get a visa to enter the United States.

Sandia tests portable device capable of locating, distinguishing threatening radioactive sources

Sandia National Laboratories has developed a battery-powered, portable device that can help emergency personnel pinpoint and distinguish between threatening and non-threatening radioactive sources.