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DHS Inspector General: IT Systems Fall Short of Backing CBP’s Border Security Efforts

The Department of Homeland Security‘s inspector general has found that the Customs and Border Protection’s information technology infrastructure failed to support its goal to prevent the entry to the U.S. of foreigners who may pose national security threats. U.S. international airports also experienced system outages in its incoming passenger screening processes that …

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CBP to Examine Potential Use of Small UAS in Border Patrol Missions

The Customs and Border Protection agency has announced plans to evaluate the use of small unmanned aircraft systems in three border patrol sectors as part of a program to help agents conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, tracking and acquisition missions. CBP said Thursday it will test-fly the Puma, Raven and InstantEye Quadcopter UAS platforms in …

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US Signs Cooperation Deal With Kuwait on Customs-Related Matters

Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan has signed a Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement with Kuwait official Jamal Al Jalawi to establish a legal structure for information-sharing arrangements in support of customs laws. McAleenan represented the U.S. government in the agreement while Al Jalawi, director general of the Kuwait general administration of customs, …

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DHS Hosts Electronic Jamming Exercise for First Responders

The Department of Homeland Security has hosted a weeklong event for public safety and private organizations to test multiple strategies and technologies designed to identify, locate and address illegal communication systems jamming. DHS said Tuesday nearly 300 participants from across the U.S. took part during the 2017 First Responder Electronic Jamming Exercise that was …

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House GOP to Tackle US-Mexico Border Wall Construction Fund

House Republicans will take up a national security-focused spending bill next week that includes funds to begin construction of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. The report said an aide of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-California) confirmed that Republican lawmakers plan to attach constructions …

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DOJ, DHS Seek to Provide User-Friendly Tech for Employees

The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security aim to provide “user-friendly” technologies for employees in an effort to mitigate threats and address mission needs, MeriTalk reported Wednesday. William Snelson, associate director of operations at DOJ’s U.S. Marshals Service, told MeriTalk that federal employees must match the technological skills of adversaries to stay ahead of …

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Luke McCormack Retires as DHS CIO, Looks to Join Private Sector

Luke McCormack retired from government Tuesday after he has served as chief information officer of the Department of Homeland Security over the past four years, MeriTalk reported Wednesday. Morgan Lynch writes McCormack said during his retirement ceremony that he plans to pursue opportunities in the private sector. President Donald Trump selected Richard Staropoli, former managing director and chief …

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