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Friday, May 7th, 2021


DHS, other agencies assess federal election integrity

Department of Homeland Security personnel recently joined the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in assessing findings regarding federal election integrity. The findings from a joint report to the President issued... Read More »

Harvard to aid DHS Blue Campaign

Harvard University has secured $775,000 in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate S&T funds to aid the agency's Blue Campaign. The funds have been earmarked for the university's T.H. Chan School of Public Health to conduct research and evaluate the impact of the... Read More »

Sen. Feinstein, Rep. Cicilline introduce assault weapons ban

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) introduced last week the Assault Weapons Ban, which would ban the sale, transfer, manufacture, and importation of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. “It’s been 17 years since the original... Read More »

Lawmakers initiate southern border inquiry

A group of lawmakers forwarded correspondence last week to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel regarding southern border circumstances. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) spearheaded the effort to address the agency's, citing reports of illegal... Read More »

NIH touts mosquito protein study benefits

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is espousing the benefits of an AEG 12 mosquito protein study authorities said could help develop treatments to combat life-threatening viruses. Researchers at the NIH's National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) used X-ray crystallography... Read More »

Resolution condemns Iranian nuclear weapon pursuits

A bipartisan group of lawmakers recently introduced a resolution condemning Iran's nuclear weapon pursuits. Reps. Elaine Luria (D-VA), Kathy Manning (D-NC), Peter Meijer (R-MI), Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), and Brad Schneider (D-IL) joined the resolution in the wake of Iran’s... Read More »

Measure seeks to bolster firearms purchasing laws

Sens. Tom Carper (D-DE), Chris Coons (D-DE), and John Cornyn (R-TX) reintroduced a bill designed to aid states in enforcing existing laws against individuals attempting to purchase firearms by lying on background checks. The NICS Denial Notification Act would require federal authorities to... Read More »

Lawmakers seek USDA Intelligence Office

A group of lawmakers introduced legislation designed to establish an Office of Intelligence within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Agricultural Intelligence Measures (AIM) Act was introduced by Reps. Rick Crawford (R-AR), Rick Allen (R-GA), Don Bacon (R-NE), Jim Baird (R-IN), Troy... Read More »

Bill targets foreign criminal organization sanctions

A group of lawmakers recently introduced the Significant Transnational Criminal Organization Designation Act, noting the legislation would subject foreign criminal organizations such as drug cartels to sanctions. Sens. Ben Sasse (R-NE), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Josh Hawley... Read More »

Measure addresses foreign government cyberattacks

A group of lawmakers recently introduced the Homeland and Cyber Threat (HACT) Act, which would hold foreign governments accountable for cyberattack damages. Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), along with Colin Allred (D-TX), Jack Bergman (R-MI), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Joe Neguse (D-CO), and... Read More »

DHS targets network traffic security enhancement

Two research and development (R&D) awards have been earmarked by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the newly launched Secure and Resilient Mobile Network Infrastructure (SRMNI) project. The Agency's Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure... Read More »

Stimulus bill includes funding for Fire/EMS, group says

According to the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), the American Recovery and Rescue Act being voted on in Congress this week contains significant funding for fire and emergency medical personnel. The act passed the U.S. House of Representatives in late February and passed the... Read More »

First responders garner QuickRoute Mobile app access

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) officials said first responders now have access to the QuickRoute Mobile app, which aids with routing challenges. “First responders now have a commercially-available navigational tool which takes into... Read More »

Lawmakers establish Space & Aeronautics Caucus

U.S. Reps. Randy Weber (R-TX) and Charlie Crist (D-FL) are espousing the benefits of establishing the Space & Aeronautics Caucus for the 117th Congress, noting the effort seeks to explore several important matters of policy. Caucus endeavors would include domestic activities in low-Earth orbit... Read More »

CBP details Chicago airport counterfeit mask seizure

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers assigned to the International Mail Facility (IMF) at Chicago's O’Hare International Airport recently seized suspicious 3M N95 type masks with a 3M trademark. Officers assigned to the Port of Chicago seized parcels arriving from Colombia. Personnel... Read More »

Bill seeks to address foreign influence

Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tom Cotton (R-AR), and Bill Hagerty (R-TN) recently reintroduced a measure they said is designed to address foreign influence. The Foreign Influence Transparency Act would require organizations such as the Chinese government-run Confucius Institutes... Read More »