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DHS Pilot Offers Promise of Public-Private Collaboration to Speed Customs

For international travelers, the wait time at Miami International Airport has grown to as long as four hours at certain times, causing concerns that companies may take more of their business offshore to avoid the long wait times and conduct transactions more quickly. The city of Miami has offered to pay for more officers to staff… Keep Reading

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Despite Modest Decline in DHS Contract Spending, Consultant Report Sees Opportunities

Private sector spending at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may have dropped from fiscal years 2008 through 2012, but contractors still can find plenty of opportunities, according to a recent consultancy report. The Arlington, Virginia-based Soter Group Tuesday released its latest DHS market report in which it analyzed contract spending at DHS over the five-year… Keep Reading

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TSA to Host Industry Day for TWIC Card Readers

With the release of a proposed rule for ports to adopt readers for secure identification cards, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is moving ahead with development of a list of qualified technologies to satisfy the requirement. As the agency responsible for enforcing the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program, the US Coast Guard released a… Keep Reading

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CBP Will Soon Begin Competition to Buy Mobile Video Surveillance Systems

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) anticipates releasing a solicitation for the procurement of mobile surveillance systems (MVSS) sometime between April 26 to May 26, the agency said. The expected request for proposals (RFP) follows a long period of market research conducted by CBP datingback to December 2011. CBP officials have long identified MVSS systems… Keep Reading

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Legal Aspects of Using Drones for Domestic Surveillance Explored in Congressional Report

The proposed expansion of the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), better known today as drones, by federal, state and local law enforcement, first responders and other agencies, "raises far-reaching issues concerning the extent of government surveillance authority, the value of privacy in the digital age and the role of Congress in reconciling these issues,"… Keep Reading

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GAO Makes Recommendations to Improve CFATS Chemical Facility Assessments

At its current pace, it will take chemical facilities assessors at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) another seven to nine years to fully assess site security plans (SSPs) for high-risk security plants. That means full implementation of the regulatory standards under the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program may still be a decade away,… Keep Reading

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Multi-Band Radios Pave the Way for Broadband, LTE for First Responders

When public safety agencies from several jurisdictions responded to large-scale catastrophes like 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, they often found they could not talk to each other because their radios operated on different frequencies. For the past several years, multi-band radios have been in full production, with public safety agencies embracing capabilities to talk to each… Keep Reading

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Rapid Mobile Bio-threat Detector Developed by Sandia Lab

In the event of a mass casualty bio-attack, hospital emergency rooms will quickly be overwhelmed. Hospitals nationwide have limited surge capacity to handle a sudden influx of patients.  A pathogenic attack that’s unable to be identified quickly and early will compound the problem as increasing numbers of infected people flood hospitals’ ERs and mobile triage… Keep Reading

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NIST Outlines Next Steps in Drafting Cybersecurity Framework

The first of three in-depth workshops on the drafting of a cybersecurity framework will take place at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa., May 29-31, allowing time for the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) to coalesce feedback from industry into a guiding document, the agency announced Thursday. Responses to a request for information… Keep Reading

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Democrats Seek More Time for TWIC Reader Deliberations

Key Democrats called upon the US Coast Guard Tuesday to extend the comment period for a proposed rule for identification card readers at port facilities to allow more feedback from stakeholders of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), members of the House Homeland Security Committee, also… Keep Reading

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TSA to Purchase Credential Authentication Technology in 2014

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) plans to procure new credential authentication technology (CAT) in fiscal year 2014 in a major procurement. To prepare for that acquisition, TSA Monday sought information from industry as to capabilities to support a system that could verify identity documents, such as driver’s licenses or boarding passes, being carried by an… Keep Reading

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TSA Updating Qualified Product Lists for AT, ETD Screening Systems

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently moved to update its qualified product lists for advanced technology (AT) passenger screening systems for carry-on baggage and for desktop and portable explosive trace detectors (ETDs). In separate announcements this week, TSA called for white papers from vendors producing AT carry-on baggage screening and ETD screening equipment to update… Keep Reading

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Portable GPS Mapping System Captures Intelligence in ‘Tough-to-Get-to Places’

Engineers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md., have developed a backpack-portable device that can be used to automatically create annotated  maps in confined spaces where GPS is not available. Developed for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the Enhanced Mapping and Positioning System (EMAPS) is capable of creating what… Keep Reading

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Trend Micro Assesses Cyberattacks on ICS Systems

Researchers at Trend Micro Inc., Cupertino, Calif., recently set up a fake water pressure control system to determine the level of interest of attackers to hit industrial control systems (ICS). The fake water pressure control system was set up in a small town in the United States and left "accidentally" facing the Internet, explained Raimund… Keep Reading

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Coast Guard Proposes Long Awaited Rule for TWIC Readers

After a delay of several years, the US Coast Guard Friday proposed rules to guide the purchase of electronic card readers for port facilities to use to verify the credentials of port workers. Port workers long have been able to obtain a uniform Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), but ports generally have lacked the means… Keep Reading

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Under Continuing Resolution, DHS Largely Escapes Sequestration

Congress agreed Thursday to a continuing resolution (HR 933) to fund the federal government for the rest of fiscal year 2013, providing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with a full budget that takes most of the sting out of the automatic budget cuts under sequestration. At least for now. Previously, DHS faced cuts across the… Keep Reading

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FEMA Extends GIS Contract to New Light Technologies

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently doubled a contract to support geospatial information systems (GIS) for disaster response and recovery operations. New Light Technologies Inc., Washington, DC, received an increase in an existing contract ceiling from $3.5 million to $6.9 million, FEMA announced on March 15. FEMA said extension of the contract to New… Keep Reading

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Border Security Expo Attracts High-Tech, Few Feds

Technology innovators specializing in everything from drones to surveillance radars, and armored vehicles to wearable cameras, flocked to the Phoenix Convention Center last week to attend the much-anticipated Border Security Expo. And while it was easy to spot lots of new, innovative technologies for border security, it was far more difficult to find a senior… Keep Reading

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UAS Association Says Drone Market will Create 70,000 Jobs in Next 3 Years

A new study of the economic impact from the expected explosion in the US drone market in the United States concluded that the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry could create more than 70,000 new jobs with an economic effect of more than $13 billion in the first three years after the integration of UAS into the… Keep Reading

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