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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

IAFC discusses service priorities with legislators

Top members of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) met with multiple members of Congress at their congressional offices in Washington D.C. last week to discuss the critical role fire departments play in local response across the country. A delegation including Fire Chief Rhoda... Read More »

House rallies for continued coordination on school safety

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Wednesday released a report entitled “Emergency Management: Improved Federal Coordination Could Better Assist K-12 Schools Prepare for Emergencies.” The report was jointly requested by U.S. Reps. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Martha McSally (R-AZ), Dan... Read More »

GAO releases critical national biodefense study results

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Thursday released the results of a critical study of the country’s biodefense enterprise and their ability to defend the county in the case of crisis. “The biodefense enterprise is fragmented and does not have strategic oversight to promote... Read More »

McSally border assessment bill passes House

The House of Representatives passed the Southern Arizona Border Threat Assessment Act on Wednesday to require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct a full assessment of possible threats that could emerge from the border. U.S. Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ), the chairwoman of the... Read More »

House passes Enhancing Overseas Traveler Vetting Act

The House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday to authorize the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the State Department to develop open-source software designed to screen travelers by cross referencing law enforcement databases and terrorist watch lists. The Enhancing Overseas... Read More »

Homeland security grants bill passes House

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the States and High-Risk Urban Area Working Group Act, H.R. 4509, on Wednesday. The legislations requires decision makers involved in disaster response planning to work together to gain a complete understanding of a community’s vulnerabilities so that... Read More »

Gardner introduces bill to strengthen airport security

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced an amendment on Tuesday that requires the administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to establish a pilot program to improve the physical layout of security screening operations at airports. “The recent attack in Brussels raised... Read More »