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Officials Defend Coast Guard Move to New DHS Headquarters

The US Coast Guard has set a date of April 2013 to complete its move into the new consolidated headquarters of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at the St. Elizabeth’s Campus in Washington, DC, but the move remains contingent on enough funding from Congress. In a House hearing Friday, officials from the Obama administration… Keep Reading

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Republicans Push TSA Authorization Bill; Democrats Question Bush Officials on TSA Procurement

After a hearing on business practices and technology development at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), top Republicans on the House Homeland Security Committee Thursday renewed their push for a TSA authorization bill approved by its Transportation Security Subcommittee last week. The bill (HR 3011) would authorize activities at TSA for fiscal years 2012 and 2013,… Keep Reading

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Report: BP Ultimately Responsible in Gulf Spill

A key federal report goes further than other investigations and puts ultimate responsibility on BP for the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history and the deaths of 11 rig workers, especially regarding the cement seal that was put in place the day before the explosion that triggered the spill. The report, released Wednesday, said… Keep Reading

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Responders Today: The Long Distance Alliance

On the afternoon of Jan. 15, 2009 US Airways Flight 1549, the famous flight piloted by Chesney B. "Sully" Sullenberger, was forced to make an emergency landing in the middle of an icy Hudson River, near Weehawken, New Jersey. Passengers evacuated the aircraft, taking refuge on the wings and in rafts. Within seven minutes an… Keep Reading

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National Guard Steps Up Preparations for Hurricane Irene

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has requested support from the US Department of Defense (DoD) in response to Hurricane Irene and US Northern Command (NORTHCOM) reported Thursday that it is coordinating federal, state, and local military support in the face of the storm. State governors could activate up to a total of 101,000 National… Keep Reading

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Further Actions Needed to Secure Maritime Energy Supply Infrastructure

A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit has recommending that the Coast Guard revise its policies and procedures to ensure that its analysts receive the annual updated list of regulated offshore energy facilities to ensure that risk assessments are conducted for those facilities. “The nation’s economy and security are heavily dependent on oil, natural gas… Keep Reading

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Coast Guard Struggling to Update its Aging Fleet

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — Nearly a decade into a 25-year, $24.2 billion overhaul intended to add or upgrade more than 250 vessels to its aging fleet, the Coast Guard has two new ships to show after spending $7 billion-plus. Now it’s facing an uphill battle persuading a budget-conscious Congress to keep pouring money into a… Keep Reading

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Post-9/11 Security Divides Life on Northern Border

RICHFORD, Vt. (AP) — A restaurant owner in Vermont held a contest to help Canadians buy passports so they cross the border for a meal. A fire department can’t depend on help from a few miles away. A short drive to pick up milk can bring unpredictable delays. A decade after 9/11, tightened security measures… Keep Reading

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Coast Guard Soon Will Require More Resources in Arctic, Commandant Says

While the Arctic Ocean becomes increasingly navigable as polar ice recedes, the US Coast Guard will require more specialized assets to patrol the area and respond to incidents, the commandant of the Coast Guard testified Friday. Speaking at a field hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee in Anchorage, Ala., US Coast Guard Adm. Robert Papp… Keep Reading

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US Ports Spend Big on Post-9/11 Security

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The marshlands around the nation’s fourth-busiest container port used to be considered enough of a barrier that Port of Savannah officials didn’t bother to build a full fence around the bustling main terminal. Now security is so tight that roughly 4,000 times a day, steel containers from arriving ships are loaded… Keep Reading

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Border Gun Shop Owners Sue Over New Requirement

PHOENIX (AP) — Gun store owners in states along the U.S.-Mexico border sued the acting director of the federal agency that oversees firearms to halt a new requirement that they alert authorities if someone buys multiple high-powered rifles in a five-day span. The requirement, which goes into effect Aug. 14, follows a controversial 2009 law… Keep Reading

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Coast Guard Unloads 7.5 Tons of Cocaine in Florida

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Roughly 7.5 tons of cocaine seized from a submarine-like craft off the Caribbean coast of Honduras is being unloaded in South Florida. Crew members aboard a Coast Guard cutter are unloading the drugs Tuesday in Miami Beach. Officials say the cocaine is worth about $180 million. Coast Guard and U.S.… Keep Reading

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GAO: Coast Guard Deepwater Goals Are Unattainable

The US Coast Guard does not truly know its costs and schedule for renewed boats and computer systems sought under the Integrated Deepwater Program, and it has not made the effort to prioritize its most important systems in the face of funding shortfalls, congressionalinvestigators warned Thursday. As such, its goals to recapitalize its fleet and… Keep Reading

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DHS Cancels Next Generation Radiation Portal for Cargo Screening

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has cancelled its troubled effort to test and buy advanced radiation portal monitors to detect nuclear material being smuggled into the United States, the DHS official in charge of nuclear detection told Congress Tuesday. The advanced spectroscopic portals (ASPs), first sought in a DHS program set up in 2004,… Keep Reading

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Cargo Volume Up 11 Percent at Port Firm DP World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — DP World, the Dubai port operator, said Tuesday that cargo volumes at its docks rose 11 percent in the first half of the year as trade picked up at home and in other emerging economies. The world’s third-largest seaport operator said it handled the equivalent of 26.2 million standard… Keep Reading

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GAO: Enhancements Still Needed in Coast Guard Civil Rights Services

The United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) Civil Rights Directorate’s (CRD) has improved its civil rights services in certain respects, but additional potential enhancements remain, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The report, Civil Rights Directorate Can Enhance Workforce Restructuring Efforts, found that although CRD continues to centralize its workforce, it lacks… Keep Reading

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Obama Creates Group for Alaska Energy Development

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — President Obama on Tuesday signed an executive order creating an interagency working group to coordinate energy development in Alaska, a move hailed by lawmakers who want to see drilling in Arctic outer continental shelf waters. Interior Department Deputy Secretary David Hayes will chair the group. Hayes said on the White House… Keep Reading

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Obama Creates Group for Alaska Energy Development

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — President Obama on Tuesday signed an executive order creating an interagency working group to coordinate energy development in Alaska, a move hailed by lawmakers who want to see drilling in Arctic outer continental shelf waters. Interior Department Deputy Secretary David Hayes will chair the group. Hayes said on the White House… Keep Reading

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