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Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

Policy

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 »

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 »

Potomac Institute: Terrorism threat continues to grow

The Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies held its “International Cooperation in Combating Terrorism: Review of 2015 and Outlook for 2016” on Monday at the National Press Club, featuring a panel of experts from the Blue Ribbon Panel who warned that bioterrorism remains a growing... Read More »

Safe harbor data gets new “privacy shield”

The European Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce announced an agreement on Tuesday of a safe harbor replacement deal, rebranded as the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. The specifics of the deal were not initially released, however, the privacy shield reportedly addresses requirements set out by... Read More »

House Leaders wary of Obama’s visa waiver changes

Republican house leaders sent a letter on Friday to President Obama regarding the administration’s unilateral changes to the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel and Prevention Act of 2015. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob... Read More »

McCaul releases January terror threat snapshot

Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee Michael McCaul (R-TX) released a monthly snapshot on Monday of potential terror threats for the U.S. and its allies. “ISIS and al Qaeda terrorists are expanding their networks and carving out sanctuaries abroad, while their supporters and... Read More »