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The Government Technology & Services Coalition's Homeland Security Today (HSToday) is the premier news and information resource for the homeland security community, dedicated to elevating the discussions and insights that can support a safe and secure nation. A non-profit magazine and media platform, HSToday provides readers with the whole story, placing facts and comments in context to inform debate and drive realistic solutions to some of the nation’s most vexing security challenges.

Update to the Vessel Cyber Risk Management Work Instruction

The Work Instruction was updated to include a compliance timeline for Non Safety Management System vessels that are subject to the Marine Transportation Safety Act of 2002.

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Top Wildfire Management Groups Name 2021 National Wildfire Mitigation Awardees

The Wildfire Mitigation Awards committee has named the three individuals chosen to receive 2021 Wildfire Mitigation Awards. This year’s recipients have earned the highest commendation for innovation and leadership in wildfire mitigation.

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Safety Stand Down 2021: Rebuild Rehab

Firefighting puts intense strain on firefighters, both physically and mentally. It is critical that firefighters receive a comprehensive rehab program after fire incidents or intense training to ensure their physiological and psychological well-being.

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New USGS Strategy Harnesses State-of-the-Art Science to Tackle Wildfires Before, During and After the Flames

To help address growing wildfire-related challenges in America, the U.S. Geological Survey is rolling out a new Wildland Fire Science Strategy that lays out the critical needs for wildfire research over the next five years.

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Listeria Outbreak Update: CDC Warns to Avoid All Cheese Sold Under the Brand Name El Abuelito

Three new illnesses were reported this week. This outbreak has sickened a total of 10 people in four states (Connecticut, Maryland, New York, and Virginia).

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GSA’s Second-Generation IT (2GIT) Governmentwide BPA Streamlines Process for Buying IT Products

The U.S. General Services Administration announced the re-awarding of its 2nd Generation Information Technology (2GIT) Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) to more than 70 industry partners, which includes more than 50 small businesses.

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Former NYPD Officer Charged with Assaulting D.C. Cop with USMC Flagpole During Capitol Attack

Webster allegedly pinnned the officer to the ground while he forcibly trying to remove the officer’s face shield and gas mask. According to the affidavit, the officer could not breathe during the assault because he was being choked by his chinstrap.

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CISA Releases Joint Cybersecurity Advisory on Exploitation of Accellion File Transfer Appliance

Worldwide, actors have exploited the vulnerabilities to attack multiple federal and state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) government organizations as well as private industry organizations including those in the medical, legal, telecommunications, finance, and energy sectors.

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USCIS Reverts to the 2008 Version of the Naturalization Civics Test

USCIS determined the 2020 civics test development process, content, testing procedures, and implementation schedule may inadvertently create potential barriers to the naturalization process.

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DHS Announces Processing of Current Residents of Mexico’s Matamoros Camp into the U.S.

This registration and process will be done as quickly as possible with strict enforcement of health and safety protocols and the most vulnerable prioritized for immediate review.

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CISA and AVANGRID Conduct Virtual Exercise to Improve Emergency Response and Recovery Plans

The tabletop exercise tested short-term and long-term recovery plans, business continuity, internal information sharing and communication plans in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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CISA Announces New Enhanced Cybersecurity Services Provider

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This partnership enables Viasat to provide its customers with early warning against sophisticated cyber attacks and further improves CISA’s support to public and private sector partners.

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SBA Prioritizes Smallest of Small Businesses in the Paycheck Protection Program

Starting February 24, the Small Business Administration will establish a 14-day exclusive Paycheck Protection Program loan application period for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees.

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Vice Admiral Stosz Brings Leadership and Character Insights to Homeland Security Today

Her 40-year career is filled with leadership lessons gleaned while breaking ice and breaking glass as the first woman to command an icebreaker on the Great Lakes and to lead a U.S. armed forces service academy.

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Korea Customs Service to Establish World Customs Organization Dog Training Center

The new center will serve as a hub for the region’s customs administrations to share best practices and expertise, and will also provide assistance and advice to other administrations through detector dog training and procurement of detector dogs.

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U.K. Government Launches Digital Process to Help Hong Kong Residents Relocate to Britain

The U.K. government is allowing Hong Kong residents to relocate to the United Kingdom following concerns of citizen safety and has launched an app to make the process easier. 

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European Research Project Examines Technologies to Protect Airports from Drones

The project aims to identify possible technologies, procedures and regulations that could help better safeguard against drone incursions and/or can help airports recover from any disruptions as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

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FAA Seeks TRUST Administrators for Drone Pilot Tests

The Federal Aviation Administration has opened the application period for entities interested in serving as test administrators for The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST). TRUST will provide recreational drone flyers with information on best practices and educational resources to ensure safe drone operations.

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