The Senate Feb. 26 is poised to pass a clean bill that it advanced the day before by a 98-2 vote. It fully funds DHS, which has been operating on a continuing resolution for fiscal 2015. That resolution expires on Feb. 27 at 11:59 p.m.
Among the findings, violence from sovereign citizens this year "will occur most frequently during routine law enforcement encounters at a suspect's home, during enforcement stops and at government offices," according to the report.
In December, an independent panel convened by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson recommended appointing a director from outside the Secret Service who could act independently of the agency's traditions and personal relationships.
U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials said they're tracking a growing number of foreign fighters, including more than 150 Americans, who've traveled to Syria and Iraq to fight with terrorist organizations. But they admitted they may not be aware of all such fighters coming from Western countries.
A pair of House bills introduced last week seek to address security at U.S. airports, including assessing security response plans and ensuring that Transportation Security Administration funding is used cost effectively.
The DHS inspector general launched the investigation after counsel for one detainee reported misconduct at the Karnes City, Texas facility that's operated under a contract by the private GEO Group Inc. All detention officers at the facility are contractual employees.
The agency, which screens passengers at airports, is requesting $7.35 billion for next fiscal year. Of that total budget authority, $7.09 billion is gross discretionary spending.
The Secret Service, which has been embroiled in recent years by operational lapses, low morale and other issues, would see a sizable 16.3 percent boost – or about $308 million – under the president's recently unveiled 2016 budget proposal.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which enforces immigration laws and conducts counterterrorism and other border security investigations, was one of the biggest budget winners among agencies within the Homeland Security Department. The agency is requesting $6.28 billion for next fiscal year, or nearly $923 million above this year's estimated spending level.
Under the 2016 proposed spending plan, DHS would receive $41.2 billion, up from the $38.2 billion proposed for the current fiscal year. A summary provided by the department said that the 2016 budget "is grounded in the secretary's strategic vision of a DHS that operates with an enhanced unity of effort" across the enterprise.