The Kansas legislature is reportedly close to approving $202 million in additional bonds to fund construction of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kan.
A federal attempt to ensure that Internet communications and services can be wiretapped could undermine national security by making the U.S. government's own communications less secure and by causing hardened communication tools to proliferate among a receptive audience that includes bad guys, says a May 17 paper from privacy advocates and cybersecurity researchers.
The Transportation Security Administration is not effectively managing more than $185.7 million worth of equipment at the TSA Logistics Center, says (.pdf) a Homeland Security Department inspector general report dated April 26.
In a few years, air passengers at security checkpoints will be able to walk through an imaging machine without stopping, with their pockets unemptied and their shoes on, Paul Benda of the Homeland Security Department's Science & Technology Directorate said May 8.
The Homeland Security Department should be able with the authorities it already has to establish a governance structure for interoperable radio communications, a DHS auditor told an April 26 congressional panel.
S&T's budget would increase 121.47 percent over the estimated fiscal 2013 budget, accounting for inflation. Laboratory facility funding would more than quadruple, growing from $178 million in fiscal 2013 to $856 million in fiscal 2014. The budget for research, development and innovation would increase by 71.23 percent, to $467 million.
President Obama's fiscal 2014 budget request includes $12.9 billion for Customs and Border Protection, a 6.45 percent increase from the estimated fiscal 2013 budget, accounting for inflation. CBP is one of the few Homeland Security Department components to receive an increase in the request.
The National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kan., would receive $714 million under the fiscal 2014 budget proposal the Obama administration sent to Congress on April 10. The administration also calls on the state government of Kansas to provide an additional $202 million, which when combined with the fiscal 2014 request should be sufficient to fully fund construction, DHS says in its budget justification .
Rocks, power cords, and support structures are among the hazards in illegal cross-border tunnels that can trip up the robots used to explore them, a technology that has struggled to meet the tunnel challenge, Kevin Hecht of the Border Patrol said March 13.
"Our strategy going forward is a much more pedestrian strategy. I'm perfectly comfortable getting 80 percent of what I'd like if I can get it quickly, if it's available today, and if it costs a reasonable amount," Mark Borkowski said at the Border Security Expo in Phoenix.