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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.

TSA Officers Step Up To Secure Inauguration

In the days leading up to January 20, hundreds of TSA personnel from across the country deployed to the National Capital Region to assist with physical security for inaugural events and at three major airports in and around Washington, D.C., as well as transportation hubs around the country, including mass transit and passenger rail.

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Dane Country Regional Airport Installs CT Scanners at the Checkpoint

The system applies sophisticated algorithms for the detection of explosives by creating a 3-D image that can be viewed and rotated on three axes for thorough visual image analysis by a TSA officer.

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Germany Warns of Increase in Drone Interference at Airports

Drone interference at airports remains a serious concern despite the reduction in air traffic. In 2020, the German air navigation service provider DFS logged fewer reports of interference caused by drones at airports in Germany than in previous years – but it was proportionally higher considering traffic numbers. More than half of the occurrences led to traffic disruptions.

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Partners Announced for FAA’s BEYOND Program for Drone Integration

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and the Northern Plains UAS Test Site (NPUASTS) are partnering with the commercial UAS industry to execute the goals of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) BEYOND program.

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FAA Declares No Drone Zone for Super Bowl LV

The Federal Aviation Administration will establish a Temporary Flight Restriction on game day that will prohibit drones within a 30-nautical-mile radius of the stadium up to 18,000 feet in altitude.

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Biden Announces DOT Team

Lana Hurdle, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget & Programs, will serve as Acting Secretary of Transportation until Secretary-Designate Buttigieg is confirmed.

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Total of 92 Years in Jail for Men Involved in Migrant Deaths Tragedy

Seven men have been sentenced to a total of more than 92 years in prison following an investigation into the tragic deaths of 39 Vietnamese nationals in October 2019.

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Organized Crime Network That Smuggled Migrants from Turkey to Greece is Dismantled

The investigation identified that the network, active since December 2019, owned over 130 vehicles, most of them purchased with fake documents.

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Virginia Man Pleads Guilty To Aiming a Laser Pointer at Police Aircraft

Wolverton attended a demonstration in Richmond, Virginia, concealed himself in the crowd, and used a laser pointer to illuminate law enforcement aircraft flying overhead.

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GAO: Overlapping Chemical Security Programs Could Better Collaborate, Identify Gaps

Thousands of facilities use hazardous chemicals, and hundreds of them are subject to both Department of Homeland Security anti-terrorism standards and other federal chemical safety or security programs.

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Former USCIS, U.S. Embassy Employees Charged with Stealing Refugee Applicant Info

The theft of USRAP records creates a number of risks to public safety and national security while imposing significant costs on the U.S. government, its taxpayers, and otherwise legitimate refugee applicants negatively impacted by the scheme.

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Lloyd Austin Confirmed as First Black Secretary of Defense

“It’s an honor and a privilege to serve as our country’s 28th Secretary of Defense, and I’m especially proud to be the first African American to hold the position,” Austin tweeted. “Let’s get to work.”

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Biden to Keep Wray on as FBI Director

Less than 24 hours after President Biden’s press secretary, Jen Psaki, generated speculation about Wray’s future after giving a noncommittal response when asked whether Biden had confidence in the FBI director, Psaki made clear that Wray will remain at his post.

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DOD Announces Charges Referred Against Guantanamo Detainees Encep Nurjaman, Mohammed Nazir Bin Lep, and Mohammed Farik Bin Amin

The referred charges allege that they planned, aided and abetted in a course of conduct that resulted in the bombing of nightclubs in Bali, Indonesia in 2002 and the bombing of a J.W. Marriott hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2003.

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Senate Confirms Avril Haines as First Woman to Serve as Director of National Intelligence

During the Obama administration, Haines served as Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy National Security Advisor from 2015-2017, during which time she led the National Security Council’s (NSC) Deputies Committee.

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Biden Reinstates Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians

Any Liberian national, or person without nationality who last habitually resided in Liberia, who is present in the United States and who was under a grant of DED as of January 10, 2021, should have continued employment authorization through June 30, 2022.

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Risks to Emergency Responders from High-Voltage, Lithium-Ion Battery Fires Addressed in Safety Report

Fires in electric vehicles powered by high-voltage lithium-ion batteries pose the risk of electric shock to emergency responders from exposure to the high-voltage components of a damaged lithium-ion battery.

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