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CBP’s Permit to Transfer Program Uncentralized, But Not a Problem DHS IG Found

Although Customs and Border Protection (CBP) does not have a centralized permit to transfer (PTT) process, the recent Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General audit report, US Customs and Border Protection’s Oversight of the Permit to Transfer Process for Cargo Containers, determined that its “audit tests did not identify significant deficiencies in the PTT processes… Keep Reading

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Coast Guard Balances Broadening Missions, Tightening Funds

The US Coast Guard (USCG) has made some tough choices to prioritize its efforts to acquire and sustain its ships, helicopters, and other equipment in the face of tight federal budgets, USCG Commandant Adm. Robert Papp told a House panel Tuesday. In the USCG fiscal 2012 budget request, the service would receive $9.85 million, up… Keep Reading

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New Large Aircraft Screening Program Will Likely Increase Weight Threshold

Transportation Security Administration general aviation manager Brian Delauter told attendees at the National Air Transportation Association’s FBO Leadership Conference early last month that he hopes the newest version of the Large Aircraft Security Program (Lasp) will be ready for release in early April. Click here for the full story Keep Reading

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Pirates Kill Four US Hostages Near Somalia

Pirates shot dead four US hostages on a private yacht on Tuesday, the deadliest incident involving Americans kidnapped for ransom in the increasingly dangerous waters off Somalia. Click here for the full story Keep Reading

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Federal Funding Restored for Florida Coast Guard Unit

The Coast Guard’s Maritime Safety and Security Team in St. Marys [Fla.] will remain afloat with the restoration of federal funding for the specialized 85-member unit in President Barack Obama’s budget. Click here for the full story Keep Reading

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Cutter, Shore Upgrades in CG Budget Request

The Coast Guard’s $10.3 billion budget request for fiscal 2012, unveiled Monday, includes full funding for the fifth national security cutter and upgrades to the service’s aging shore facilities. Click here for the full story Keep Reading

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Allen: Wait on Oil Leak Inquiries

Retired US Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen cautioned Congress members Friday not to rush to pass oil spill legislation until all investigations into the BP rig explosion are complete. Click here for full story Keep Reading

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Coast Guard Reviews Key Missions

The US Coast Guard is undergoing a “stem-to-stern” organizational and operation review to see which missions it should keep and those it should shed, says Adm. Bob Papp, Coast Guard commandant. Click here for full story Keep Reading

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Ripple Effect of a Joint Canada-US Marine Patrol

Stephen Harper and Barack Obama have yet to flesh out details of their move toward a common Canada-US security perimeter, but the seeds of this approach can be found in a pilot program that created dual-nation marine patrols to nab crooks who cross the shared border. Click here for the full story Keep Reading

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Senate Proposal Would Bring Coast Guard Under DoD’s Authority

With a new name-plate freshly nailed to his Senate office, so to speak, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is proposing shifting authority over the United States Coast Guard from the Department of Homeland Security to the Defense Department, according to an overview of a proposed bill that aims to cut $500 billion from federal spending. Click here… Keep Reading

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Nebraska Ave.: A Winner and a Loser: TSA and CBP Face the 2011 Budget

When it comes to the fiscal 2011 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) budget, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was a winner, its budget rising by $375 million over fiscal 2010. By contrast, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) was a loser, its budget declining by $171 million. With that growing budget and a clear strategy for… Keep Reading

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Coast Guard Safety Plan Lacks Performance Info, Measurable Goals: IG

The US Coast Guard has produced a good plan to guide its maritime safety efforts but it further should incorporate data for measuring its effectiveness and detail resources required by the plan, said the inspector general (IG) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a recent report. The Coast Guard developed its Marine SafetyPerformance… Keep Reading

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More VBIEDs Detonated South of the Border

As the savage, largely narco-fueled violence in Mexico escalates, the country’s crime-cartels have resorted to using one of jihadist terrorists’ most lethal weapons – the car bomb. But while there had been a lull in the cartels’ use of “vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices” (VBIED) since a wave of detonations of these lethal bombs last summer, on… Keep Reading

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Tech Limitations Could Allow Illegal Entries by Seafaring Workers: GAO

Foreign workers with criminal or terrorist connections onboard sea vessels could elude detection by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) because US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) lacks the capability to electronically verify their admissibility to the United States using mobile technology at US ports, congressional investigators warned Tuesday. CBP and the US Coast Guard,… Keep Reading

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Coast Guard HQ Rising on Future DHS Site in Southeast DC

A new Coast Guard headquarters building is taking shape on an excavated hillside in southeast Washington. About three stories have been constructed at the bottom of the hill, and the building will reach up to eight floors as it terraces up the hill. Click here for the full story Keep Reading

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Experts Stress Importance of DHS Authorization Bills

The question of whether Congress can pass an authorization bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) remains a source of speculation this term, despite a Republican majority in the House. Experts disagreed on how well the last Congress handled the contentious challenge, which could help establish greater exclusivity in DHS oversight for the House… Keep Reading

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