Infrastructure for a terrestrial radio signal-based location system once operated by the Coast Guard would get a short-term reprieve under the two year Coast Guard reauthorization bill approved Feb. 11 by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Technology has allowed law enforcement and intelligence to expand surveillance not just because it has lowered costs but because they encounter less resistance from judges and companies, Christopher Soghoian of the American Civil Liberties Union said.
The drones that Customs and Border Protection uses for surveillance returned to the air Feb. 7, after the agency suspended flights for nearly two weeks, Reuters reported. One of CBP's ten drones crashed into the Pacific Ocean Jan. 27 following a mechanical failure, prompting the agency to ground its other nine drones while it investigated the crash.
The next generation of security checkpoint imaging would screen more than 250 people per hour and detect explosives through multiple layers of clothing, under a Homeland Security Department plan. The department's Science and Technology Directorate released a request for information Feb. 11 to guide the development of new advanced imaging technology.
The remaining fleet of nine Customs and Border Protection drones has been grounded after one crashed into the Pacific Ocean Monday night.
Customs and Border Protection may be on the verge of making an award for the integrated fixed tower project planned for the southwestern border, said Jenny Burke, a spokeswoman for the agency. Burke said that contracting officers described the award as "imminent," but she cautioned that this should be understood in the context of what has been a lengthy process.
Although light on specifics, as federal strategic plans typically are, the new plan calls for organizations involved in monitoring the maritime domain to transition from "organization-centric databases to web-centric enterprise services that retrieve data from multiple sources (e.g. clouds, databases)."
The much anticipated final rule for Transportation Worker Identification Credential electronic card readers is due to be issued in April, according to the governmentwide regulatory agenda published Jan. 7.
The modernization of TECS, the information technology system used to check if people attempting to enter the country are admissible, is in jeopardy of not meeting its deadline for completion in 2015, a report from the Government Accountability Office says.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced Dec. 30 six operators spread across the country that will test the integration of unmanned aerial vehicles into the national airspace.