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DHS Offers Outreach Opportunities to Small Business Vendors

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) currently provides monthly opportunities for small business vendors to meet with DHS procurement offices as well as various DHS contractors to learn about procurement opportunities and showcase their individual capabilities. The 15-minute Vendor Outreach Sessions – held at the Homeland Security Acquisition Institute at 90 K. St. NE, Suite… Keep Reading

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House Passes 17 Sweeping Bipartisan Bills to Enhance Homeland Security

Assuring that the “House Committee on Homeland Security continues its efforts to shield the homeland and protect Americans right out of the gate in the 115th Congress,” committee chairman Michael McCaul’s (R-TX) office said Tuesday “the House passed 17 Committee bills that touch on a wide array of homeland security issues—from the security of our… Keep Reading

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DHS Faces Major Management, Performance Challenges IG Says; Sec. Responds

While the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has made “significant progress … over the last 3 years, [it] continues to face long-standing, persistent challenges overseeing and managing its homeland security mission,” DHS’s Inspector General outlined in its annual report, Major Management and Performance Challenges Facing the Department of Homeland Security. “These challenges,” the IG stated,… Keep Reading

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Goodlatte Again Demands DHS for Answers About Criminal Aliens; This Time Aliens Charged with Sexually Assaulting Children

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) pressed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson for answers about two criminal aliens charged with sexually assaulting children. His demand for details in this case follows numerous demands he’s made in recent months for information on criminal acts by illegal aliens who were never deported despite… Keep Reading

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UPDATED: FDA Security Control Weaknesses Put Industry, Public Health Data at Risk, GAO Says; FDA Responds

A significant number of security control weaknesses jeopardize the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) information and systems, according to new 59-page Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit report. GAO said although FDA has taken steps to safeguard the seven systems GAO reviewed, it “did not fully or consistently implement access… Keep Reading

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UPS Testing Drone Delivery of Medical Supplies

Last month, the Federal Aviation Administration released its long-awaited regulations for the routine use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The new rules cleared the way for a number of new applications for commercial drone use, including disaster relief and emergency medical supply delivery. Following on the heels of the FAA’s announcement, the United Parcel… Keep Reading

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Altimmune Wins $120.2M Contract to Develop Anthrax Vaccine

The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) has awarded Altimmune, a Maryland-based clinical stage immunotherapeutic biotechnology company, a $120.2 million contract to conduct clinical trials over the next five years on an experimental vaccine against anthrax. The vaccine candidate, NasoShield, stimulates an immune response with a single intranasal administration. Currently, the only anthrax vaccine… Keep Reading

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Florida Governor Criticizes Washington for Lagging in Zika Fight

Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott on Sunday accused the federal government of lagging in providing assistance to combat the spread of the Zika virus in a Miami-area neighborhood, the site of the first US transmission of the virus. Read the complete report here. Keep Reading

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CDC Director: Sporadic Zika Cases Possible for Months, Maybe Year, in Florida

On Aug. 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged pregnant women to avoid visiting a South Florida neighborhood where mosquito-borne cases of the Zika virus have emerged. It was the first time officials have warned against travel to part of the continental United States because of the outbreak of an infectious disease. Read… Keep Reading

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ASPR Decreases Funding To The Center for Health Affairs

The Center for Health Affairs, an advocate for hospitals in Northeast Ohio, received $789,110 in hospital emergency preparedness funds for fiscal year (FY) 2016-2017, representing a decrease of 2.5 percent in funding compared to the previous year. This is the 11th year of declining funding for the program. The funds, awarded by the Ohio Department… Keep Reading

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