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Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

U.S. Policy

DEA launches campaign to reduce drug misuse, overdose

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is launching a new campaign that urges the public to “Secure Your Meds” as part of its effort to reduce drug misuse and overdose. The administration hopes the campaign will remind Americans to clean out their medicine cabinets and secure unused... Read More »

Bechtel initiates chemical weapons destruction initiative

The engineering, construction, and project management firm Bechtel has initiated an effort to address chemical weapons destruction to reach the goal of eradicating the national stockpile by 2023. “As a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention treaty, the U.S. is committed to destroying the... Read More »

Funds target Virginia human trafficking

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has earmarked $525,000 in federal grant funding to continue the Hampton Roads Human Trafficking Task Force (HRHTTF) for at least three more years. The funding allotment via the DOJ's Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) would allow the Task Force to expand into new... Read More »

Bill to ban Chinese drones still alive in Congress

Congress backed away from restrictions on drone purchases from Chinese manufacturers in the final push to approve the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), but there is still concern on Capitol Hill that measures must be taken to close a potential espionage peephole that could be built... Read More »

Bill to improve opioid detection capabilities advances Senate

A bill by U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins’ (R-LA), the ranking member of the Border Security Subcommittee, that would provide border patrol agents with stronger opioid detection equipment has passed in the Senate, his office said Wednesday. H.R. 4761, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Opioid... Read More »

Lawmakers seek FBI, DHS insight regarding QAnon threats

A group of lawmakers recently forwarded correspondence to the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requesting a written assessment regarding QAnon threats domestically and abroad. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) joined a group of Democratic colleagues that includes Sens. Chuck Schumer... Read More »

USDA awards funding to bolster livestock biosecurity

The Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has awarded $14.4 million to states, universities, and other partners with projects addressing livestock biosecurity. The funding allotment would aid 76 projects seeking to strengthen animal health... Read More »

DHS program addresses security challenges

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) recently launched a new initiative designed to expedite solutions for its most immediate pressing security challenges. Hacking for Homeland Security (H4HS) S&T identifies, develops, and adapts technologies addressing... Read More »

Pennsylvania bill targets Lyme disease insurance coverage

Two Pennsylvania state legislators have introduced a measure necessitating Lyme disease treatment insurance coverage. State Sens. Michele Brooks (R-50th District) and Doug Mastriano (R-33rd District) circulated a co-sponsorship memo on Dec. 1 seeking support for the bill, which would ensure... Read More »