On Monday, President Joe Biden signed into law the Homeland Security for Children Act (H.R. 4426), which requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to more thoroughly factor children’s needs into its strategies.
“I am extremely proud that President Biden signed my bill into law,”... Read More »
Stating fears of misuse, 14 Republican senators wrote to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) this week to request detailed information on how $350 billion sent to state, local, territorial and Tribal governments for COVID-19 relief has been used.
The funds in question all came from the... Read More »
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has detailed a summary of terrorism threats, as well as responses to threats and resources to aid in bolstering safety.
Per DHS, individuals in online forums routinely promoting domestic violent extremist and conspiracy theory-related content have... Read More »
A bipartisan group of lawmakers recently forwarded correspondence to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, urging the Biden administration to increase sanctions on Vladimir Putin enablers amid Russia's war with Ukraine.
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Vice... Read More »
As Congress once again questions the nature of the gun violence epidemic in the United States following several mass shootings events, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform announced this week that it will hold a hearing on gun violence with testimony from a survivor, police, educators, and... Read More »
A bipartisan group of senators called on the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Committee this week to back U.S. Customers and Border Protection (CBP) with resources for proper staff and security at the U.S.-Canada border.
Led by U.S. Sens. Jon Tester (D-MT) and John Hoeven (R-ND), the... Read More »
Last week, the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) gathered more than 40 scientists and researchers from various fields and nations for a hybrid virtual-and-physical conference on the potential cascading effects of a nuclear conflict.
Food security, supply chain resilience, and disaster management... Read More »
The first briefing of the Bipartisan Border Security Technology Caucus took place this week, in conjunction with geospatial analytics company Orbital Insight, to address how best to aid law enforcement agencies in monitoring and collecting data on cross-border migration.
A House-focused... Read More »
Since Oct. 1, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) have arrested 124 people with outstanding warrants.
According to the law enforcement agency, 105 were arrested between October and April 30, 2022, as travelers attempted to enter... Read More »
Adm. Linda L. Fagan recently relieved Adm. Karl L. Schultz to become the Coast Guard's 27th Commandant, becoming the first woman to lead any branch of the armed forces.
"We witness a tradition long-standing, Change of Command, as a new admiral assumes leadership of our nation’s oldest... Read More »
U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) officials have detailed additional Ukraine security assistance valued at up to $700 million, noting the allotment seeks to meet that nation's needs in its fight with Russia.
The authorization serves as the 11th drawdown of equipment from DoD inventories for... Read More »
FBI statistics for 2021 showed that 8,226 law enforcement agencies submitted use-of-force data to the National Use-of-Force Data Collection, managed by the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program.
The agencies represent over 60 percent of federal, state, local, tribal, and... Read More »
Air Force officials recently announced that applications are now open for the next BRAVO Hackathon initiative, an innovation and software development event that seeks to build emergent weapons system capabilities.
BRAVO 1 Canary Release will kick off July 18-22, 2022, at Joint Base... Read More »
An effort to net federal firefighters financial support for illnesses and diseases acquired from their duties – the Federal Firefighter Fairness Act – was advanced by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) this week.
“Every day across the country,... Read More »
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently authorized Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to advance a series of southern border barrier projects.
DHS Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas recently detailed projects in the San Diego, El Centro, Yuma, El Paso, and Rio... Read More »
U.S. Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) recently requested an update from Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray regarding the screening and vetting of Afghan evacuees, particularly those with national security concerns.
The senators... Read More »
New legislation introduced by U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) last week sought limits on the sale of private data by banning data brokers from selling military personnel lists to U.S.-dubbed adversarial nations.
Citing national security, the... Read More »
With the introduction of the Transnational Criminal Investigative Unit (TCIU) Stipend Act last week, U.S. Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) seek to authorize existing TCIUs into law and get foreign law enforcement teams working with American agencies paid.
TCIUs are teams... Read More »
U.S. Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) recently provided an update regarding the establishment of the Space Networking Center at Grand Forks Air Force Base.
Hoeven is espousing the benefits of the Space Development Agency (SDA) awarding an operations and integration (O&I) contract totaling nearly $325... Read More »
U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Alex Padilla (D-CA) introduced two bills seeking to support efforts in California and nationwide to extinguish fires faster.
The Fire Suppression Improvement Act would also protect communities from post-fire flooding and expand Federal Emergency Management... Read More »
U.S. Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Gary Peters (D-MI) recently praised the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) for advancing the Intragovernmental Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act.
The bill seeks to ensure cybersecurity... Read More »
U.S. Sens. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Susan Collins (R-ME) are commending the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) for advancing legislation aiding the federal firefighter benefits platform.
Carper and Collins, co-chairs of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus,... Read More »
U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, concluded an investigation this week into cryptocurrencies’ role in cybercriminal activities with a new ransomware report.
In “Use of Cryptocurrency in Ransomware Attacks, Available... Read More »
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has detailed charges against an Iraqi citizen living in Columbus, Ohio, whom the agency alleged was involved in plans to murder former President George W. Bush.
Shihab Ahmed Shihab Shihab, 52, was arrested by FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force agents and charged... Read More »
U.S. Reps. Mike Turner (R-OH) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) forwarded correspondence Tuesday to FBI Director Christopher Wray, seeking clarity regarding the agency's use of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) authorities.
The legislators focused on the 3.3 million person queries in 2021 -... Read More »
U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Mike Rounds (R-SD) forwarded correspondence to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense Monday, advocating for the total funding of U.S.-Israel cooperative missile defense programs.
The funding allocation would apply to the... Read More »
Science, technology, and engineering for KBR has secured a $44 million Air Force task order to protect systems and software from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, or destruction.
"We are excited to be a part of this significant project to protect the Air Force's... Read More »
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced last week that 61 active shooter incidents were reported last year, representing a 52.5 percent increase from 2020 reports.
Those numbers also led to 103 deaths and 140 injuries, not including the shooters. This gave 2021 a dubious distinction... Read More »
Worried about personnel shortages at the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Transnational Criminal Investigative Unit (TCIU) program of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), new House legislation would authorize new incentivization to officers for retention and recruitment... Read More »
U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) recently applauded the House Committee on Homeland Security for advancing the PREVENT Act, legislation he introduced to protect drug handling Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel.
“As the crisis at the southern border continues to spiral out of control, so... Read More »
Beginning with $20 million this year, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will commit up to $300 million to support antimicrobial resistant (AMR) infection research conducted through the Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator (CARB-X) over... Read More »
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) recently joined nine colleagues in co-sponsoring a bill to address nationwide police staffing shortages.
The Pathways to Policing Act invests in programs to aid state and local law enforcement agencies struggling to maintain adequate staffing levels by... Read More »
U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) recently introduced a bill that seeks to enhance federal weather service firefighting efforts.
The Fire Ready Nation Act of 2022 would create a fire weather services program within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration... Read More »
The U.S. House of Representatives put racially motivated extremists, white supremacists, and other purveyors of domestic terrorism on notice last week with its advancement of the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act (DTPA, H.R. 350).
Proponents have sought to push such a bill since at least 2017,... Read More »
U.S. Reps. Tony Gonzales (R-TX) and Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) recently introduced the Emergency Migration Response Act and the Border Security and Migrant Safety Act to bolster southern border security and address migrant human trafficking.
The Emergency Migration Response Act directs the Department... Read More »