The House of Representatives approved legislation last week that would reform the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to place a greater emphasis on pre-disaster planning and mitigation.
The bill, the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA), was approved as part of a larger emergency... Read More »
As part of their required by executive order, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) have released a quarterly Alien Incarceration Report, in which they found 94 percent of confirmed aliens in custody are unlawfully present.
Additionally, they determined that... Read More »
Authorities of the Counterterrorism Advisory Board (CTAB), which coordinates the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) various intelligence, operational and policy-making functions, would be extended for four years under bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate last week.
Established... Read More »
Acting Chief of the United States Border Patrol Carla Provost recently announced that Robert L. Boatright was named the new Chief Patrol Agent of the Big Bend Sector.
“I am looking forward to working with the Border Patrol Agents and professional support staff of the Big Bend Sector as well... Read More »
Waning U.S. federal and state funding for public health over the last 15 years has left many states ill-prepared to respond to acts of bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks and natural disasters, according to a recent report by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH).
The annual report,... Read More »
The Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Office of Field Operations at the Laredo Port of Entry announced measures being taken to accommodate an expected influx of travelers during the holiday season on Wednesday.
Travelers are encouraged to apply for I-94 tourist permits online ahead of time. The... Read More »
A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) program recently developed a reusable Aircraft Explosive Testing Simulator to support the testing of explosive vulnerabilities in new generation commercial aircraft.
S&T’s Commercial Aircraft Vulnerability and... Read More »
The Department of Defense (DoD) recently granted Engility Holdings Inc. a position on the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) Joint Enterprise Research Development Acquisition and Procurement Omnibus contract.
JPEO-CBD manages the military’s... Read More »
Operating under the requirements of the FDA “Animal Rule,” the biopharmaceutical company Soligenix, Inc. has identified biomarkers for ricin toxin vaccine (RiVax) testing.
Though RiVax was originally invented at the University of Texas Southwestern, Soligenix has seen a number of... Read More »
Citing widely available encryption technologies that can be used by terrorists, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) recently renewed his call for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to convene an advisory panel to help better understand the challenges at hand.
McCaul, the chairman of the... Read More »
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations (AMO) marine unit along with its Regional Coordinating Mechanism (RECOM) partners recently intercepted a vessel carrying 1500 pounds of marijuana off the Texas coast near Corpus Christi.
The AMO crew was patrolling the maritime... Read More »
Custom and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales seized heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine valued at more than $2 million in three separate incidents on Saturday.
The incidents led to the arrests of three U.S. citizens and one Mexican national. Their cases were... Read More »
Researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia and China’s ZhuJiang Hospital recently led a study that identified an antibody that binds to and kills all four types of dengue virus, which could lead to improved vaccines and drug therapies.
The researchers also exposed the... Read More »
Sandia National Laboratories announced on Tuesday that it has developed computer models that can provide both qualitative and quantitative data on how the hundreds of solder joints in a nuclear weapon will perform over time.
Sandia Labs has been using computational modeling to predict the... Read More »
A nine-member team of scientists from the University of Oregon is now looking into the ability to genetically deactivate mosquito bites--and disease spreading that results--from mosquito desires for blood.
The team has already made the important step: isolation and sorting of 902 genes linked... Read More »