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DHS to Help Develop AUV Platform for Coast Guard’s Under-Ice Data Collection Efforts

The Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate has partnered with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and DHS’ Arctic Domain Awareness Center to build an autonomous underwater vehicle to help the U.S. Coast Guard gather under-ice data. DHS said Friday that WHOI-developed sensor packages and search algorithms that will be integrated onto the Tethys long-range AUV platform …

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DHS S&T Inaugurates New Explosive Detection System Testing Facility; Robert Griffin Comments

The Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate has opened a facility at DHS’ Transportation Security Laboratory in New Jersey for testing and evaluation of explosives detection systems. DHS said Wednesday the new T&E building, located at the William J. Hughes Federal Aviation Administration Technical Center, includes space for specialized explosive storage and handling …

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DHS First Responders Group Develops Mutual Aid Planning Prototype App

The Department of Homeland Security‘s first responders group has developed a prototype application designed to support mutual aid resource planning between emergency responders. DHS said Wednesday the Mutual Aid Resource Planner is based on the ArcGIS Online cloud-based platform and is designed to be managed by a community or emergency management agency. MARP works to help planners add …

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Rep. Will Hurd Proposes Formation of ‘Cyber National Guard’ to Address IT Skills Gap

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) has said a central team of cyber experts could help address the federal government’s information technology skills shortage, FCW reported Tuesday. Chase Gunter writes Hurd said at a meeting of the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Information Technology that the “cyber national guard” will recruit qualified IT …

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GAO: Federal Agencies Move to Address IT Labor Challenges

The Government Accountability Office has previously recommended federal agencies to increase their information technology workforce development efforts to mitigate issues related to federal hiring activities, recruitment of qualified staff and identification of skill gaps. GAO said in a report published Tuesday it found that multiple agencies have taken actions to implement the congressional watchdog’s recommendations such …

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White House Proposes Additional $3B for DHS Under Fiscal 2017 Supplemental Request

President Donald Trump’s supplemental budget request for fiscal year 2017 would allocate $3 billion in additional funds for the Department of Homeland Security to support immigration enforcement and border security programs in his executive orders, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Amid the funding increase, DHS’ budget for the Financial Systems Modernization …

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GAO: DHS Launches Multiple Efforts to Strengthen Federal Cybersecurity Posture

The Government Accountability Office has found that the Department of Homeland Security implemented multiple initiatives to protect federal systems from cyber intrusions and attacks. GAO said in a report published Tuesday that DHS introduced the National Cybersecurity Protection System in a move to detect and mitigate malicious network traffic. DHS also runs a continuous diagnostics and mitigation program …

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DHS Adds Encryption Requirement to Radio Equipment Compliance Standards

The Department of Homeland Security has introduced an encryption requirement to a suite of standards for first responder radio platforms. DHS said Monday radio equipment that need encryption must use Advanced Encryption Standard 256 to meet the Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program‘s requirements. “The proliferation of proprietary and non-standard encryption capabilities has made …

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Former Govt Officials Push for DHS Cyber Reorganization

Some former government cybersecurity experts said at a House committee hearing held Wednesday they believe Congress should elevate the Department of Homeland Security’s authority to protect federal networks, Nextgov reported Wednesday. Joseph Marks writes House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul asked a panel of four cyber specialists during the panel meeting …

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