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Tuesday, January 25th, 2022

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Upton, Murphy press HHS on Zika virus response

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), along with Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA), recently sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) criticizing the department’s response to the ongoing spread of the Zika... Read More »

Payne homeland security grants bill passes House

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on Friday introduced by Rep. Donald Payne, Jr., (D-NJ) to improve coordination between state and local partners on funding priorities for homeland security grants. “Emergency preparedness takes a whole community, but too often there is a... Read More »

Frech: U.S. should focus on biodefense, preparation

The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense’s “National Blueprint for Biodefense” warned that “the United States is underprepared for biological threats,” adding that “biological events may be inevitable, (but) their level of impact on our country is not.” To combat a biological... Read More »

Ratcliffe: Cyber insurance may help in future incidents

U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) chaired a hearing on Wednesday that examined the possibility of cyber insurance as a risk management strategy for future incidents. “Cyber risks are rapidly evolving, and cyber insurance has the potential to be an important tool for facilitating improvements in... Read More »

Zeldin’s counterterrorism bill passes House

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed the Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act of 2016, H.R. 4314, authored by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), on Tuesday. “Today the House acted decisively to shut down the jihadist superhighway that allows extremists to get to their safe... Read More »

FDA approves new anthrax treatment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday approved the Anthim injection to treat inhalation anthrax in combination with appropriate antibacterial drugs. Anthim is also approved to prevent inhalation anthrax when alternative therapies are not available or appropriate. “As... Read More »

McCaul releases March terrorism threat snapshot

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) on Tuesday released a monthly assessment on terror threats that face the United States and its allies. “This week’s Islamist terror plots in Canada and Europe are a grim reminder of the heightened threat environment America... Read More »

R3 Technologies develops suicide bomb detector

R3 Technologies, a company specializing in radar detection systems, recently announced that its CBD-1000 concealed bomb detecting device is close to commercialization. “The suicide bomber can walk into a crowded place unnoticed and inflict a horrifying amount of death and destruction,”... Read More »

ECBC develops portable biological compound tester

Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) recently announced that it has developed a device known as SmartCAR that uses colorimetric assay to identify such dangerous chemical compounds as anthrax, ricin and plague. “Although much of the technology in SmartCAR is commercial off-the-shelf, it... Read More »

CDP trains first responders on CBRNE evidence collection

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) commenced a training exercise last week aimed at handling environments affected by chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats (CBRNE). The course, entitled “Hazardous Materials Evidence Collection for CBRNE Incidents (HEC),”... Read More »

Royce introduces Terrorist Release Transparency Act

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) introduced the Terrorist Release Transparency Act, H.R. 4580, on Tuesday. The legislation aims to ensure that the public, along with foreign partners, have access to critical details before terrorists are released from the Guantanamo Bay... Read More »

GAO raises concerns over flawed UAC policies

U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) released a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on Monday on the steps the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) can take regarding unaccompanied children (UAC) crossing the southern U.S. border.... Read More »

FirstNet responds to RFP questions and final proposals

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) responded to concerns on Thursday regarding questions it received on its request for proposal (RFP) and the deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network. “We are pleased with the interest and questions we received from industry,... Read More »