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TSA must measure effectiveness of expedited passenger screening, GAO says

Congressional investigators want the Transportation Security Administration to better measure the effectiveness of a process in which randomly selected airport passengers go through expedited screening lanes.

Several handheld firefighter radios fail in simulated tests, NIST researchers find

Firefighters might lose communications during an incident if their handheld radios are exposed to high temperatures, according to new tests conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology researchers.

DHS seeks help of small businesses to develop security-related solutions

The Homeland Security Department's research and development arm recently released a pre-solicitation notice to small businesses regarding the potential development of innovative technologies from forensics to cybersecurity to wearable communications.

Sophisticated cyber attack tools available underground to anyone, Senate panel says

Several federal law enforcement and computer security officials told a Senate panel Dec. 10 that increasingly sophisticated malware and other tools designed to infiltrate information systems are available to any individual, organization or country at relatively lower costs through underground markets.

US government's invention secrecy orders highest in 20 years, watchdog group says

At the end of fiscal 2014, the federal government has 5,520 invention secrecy orders that prohibit both the issuance of a patent and its public disclosure, according to recent blog post by the Federation of American Scientists.

Sandia lab testing how aging electronics in nuclear weapons affect performance

As part of a three-decade-long program, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are studying in real time how aging electronic components within a nuclear weapon affect performance.

Energy IG verifies 'unsuitable' behavior by commander in federal nuclear transport office

An internal Energy Department investigation has substantiated several allegations of "unsuitable, reportable behavior" by an operations squad commander within a federal office that transports government-owned nuclear material within the United States.

Aircraft-equipped containment system used to fly Ebola patients out of Africa

An Army-developed containment system fitted into an aircraft is being used for the first time to quarantine Ebola patients being flown out of West Africa. The Aeromedical Biological Containment System is a tent-like, modular system that has been installed in a specially modified Gulfstream III air ambulance. Several successful missions have been conducted already.  

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.