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California on track to complete early earthquake warning system by 2016, state senator says

Emergency officials in California say that an early warning system, which could give anywhere from 10 seconds to a minute's notice before an earthquake hits, is expected to be completed in 15 months, according to a state senator who held a hearing on the issue last week.

FBI director: Device encryption makes law enforcement, nat'l security investigations harder

FBI Director James Comey said that the public has several "misimpressions" that law enforcement and national security officials will be able to get around device encryption to capture suspected terrorists and other bad guys.

Johnson worried most about foreign fighters and the 'lone wolf'

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he's worried about foreign fighters, who go overseas to join terrorist groups, learn how to fight and return to carry out potential attacks, as well as the domestic-based "lone wolf" attacks inspired by such groups.

Military seeks portable sensors to detect, distinguish deadly chem, bio agents

Military researchers are seeking to develop technology that can sniff out even small traces of dangerous biological and chemical agents in either liquid or gaseous forms from long distances.

Insider threat to critical infrastructure 'underestimated', says DHS

Critical infrastructure owners and operators lack credible, sector-specific, insider-threat information to help drive security investments. But, even with "relatively robust" preventative programs in place, it's nearly impossible to entirely eliminate the threat of a malicious insider, says the Homeland Security Department's national protection and programs directorate.

FEMA's $250M supply chain management system may not deliver during a disaster

After spending nearly a quarter of a billion dollars to develop a new supply chain management system over nine years, the Federal Emergency Management Agency "cannot be certain" that it will work well during a catastrophic disaster, an internal audit found.  

CBP's drone program complying with privacy, civil liberties laws, GAO says

The Customs and Border Protection agency's drone program is complying with privacy and civil liberty laws and standards regarding the collection, retention, storage and distribution of images, and is taking steps to document such procedures into written policies, according to a congressional investigation.

New advanced superconductor cable could make power disruptions obsolete

Power outages could be a thing of the past if a more reliable and resilient advanced superconductor cable is successfully developed and tested by the Homeland Security Department.

CBP could better secure personally sensitive data related to trusted traveler programs, audit finds

The Customs and Border Protection agency has generally done a good job of implementing and managing security for radio frequency identification technology, but it can still strengthen some aspects related to several traveler programs, an internal audit found.

TSA still needs help checking potentially fake IDs, GAO official says

A congressional investigator testifyng before a House subcommittee said the Transportation Security Administration is making better progress in screening airline passengers with potentially fraudulent boarding passes than with fake IDs.