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David Glawe to Be Nominated DHS Undersecretary for Intell, Analysis

President Donald Trump intends to nominate David Glawe, assistant commissioner of the Customs and Border Protection agency, as the next undersecretary for intelligence and analysis at the Department of Homeland Security. Glawe is a more than 24-year law enforcement and national security veteran who previously held various positions at the FBI, Office of the Director …

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DHS S&T Seeks Academic Partners to Run Border Threat Screening, Supply Chain Defense CoE

The Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate will award up to $35 million to two academic institutions to help DHS run a center of excellence for cross-border threat screening and supply chain defense. DHS said Monday the new CoE will research and develop systems to aid the identification of biological threats that could …

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House Bill Seeks to Classify Election Systems as Critical Infrastructure

Three House Democratic lawmakers have introduced a bill that would classify election systems as critical infrastructure in an effort to protect U.S. elections from future international cyber attacks. The Securing America’s Future Elections Act was introduced in response to Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential elections, Rep. Mark Pocan’s (D-Wisconsin) …

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Trump to Nominate Kearney & Co. Partner David Norquist as DoD Comptroller

President Donald Trump has announced plans to nominate David Norquist, a partner at Alexandria, Virginia-based certified public accounting firm Kearney and Co., as defense undersecretary, comptroller. Trump revealed his plans to name Norquist and five other individuals to several positions at the Defense Department in a news release published Thursday. …

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GSA to Get $200M Funding Increase Under Trump’s FY 2018 Budget Proposal

President Donald Trump’s budget request for fiscal 2018 would raise the General Services Administration’s discretionary spending authority to $500 million, the Washington Business Journal reported Thursday. Daniel J. Sernovitz writes the figure represents a $200 million increase from GSA’s current budget authority and is up from the Obama administration’s $361 million …

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Reports: Trump Proposes $1.1T Federal Budget for FY 2018, Requests $30B in FY 2017 Supplemental Military Funds

President Donald Trump has proposed to Congress a $1.1 trillion budget for fiscal year 2018 and requested $30 billion in supplemental military funds for FY 2017, Defense News reported Thursday. Joe Gould writes the White House’s FY 2018 budget plan would provide the Defense Department with $639 billion, which includes $574 billion for DoD’s base …

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DHS Tests Face Recognition Algorithms for Law Enforcement Applications

The Department of Homeland Security has tested face recognition algorithms using video data to support potential law enforcement applications. DHS said Tuesday its science and technology directorate worked with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to independently evaluate 36 face recognition algorithms as part of the Face in Video Evaluation program. FIVE used video …

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GAO: NRC Should Monitor Compliance of Motor Carriers That Transport Radioactive Sources

The Government Accountability Office has called on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to develop a method to verify that motor carriers of radioactive sources meet NRC’s security requirements. GAO said Thursday NRC’s regulatory authority only covers licensed users of risk-significant radioactive sources and the commission does not directly verify whether motor carriers contracted by licensees have …

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OMB: Federal Agencies Reported 30,899 Cybersecurity Incidents to DHS in FY 2016

A report from the Office of Management and Budget says federal agencies reported 30,899 cybersecurity incidents to the Department of Homeland Security‘s U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team during fiscal year 2016. Grant Schneider, acting federal chief information security officer, wrote in a White House blog post that the annual Federal Information Security Modernization …

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Senate Bill Would Expand DoD Cybersecurity Scholarship Program

Senators Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) and Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota) have introduced a bill that seeks to expand the Defense Department‘s scholarship program for college students pursuing cybersecurity degrees. Kaine’s office said Thursday the DoD Cyber Scholarship Program Act of 2017 would provide $10 million to DoD’s scholarship fund for fiscal year 2018. The bill would …

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