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DHS Secretary Mayorkas, GSA Administrator Carnahan, Senator Carper Urge Funding to Complete Ongoing St. Elizabeths DHS HQ Project

On Monday, 2021 Wash100 Award winner Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of Homeland Security, GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan and Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) toured the St. Elizabeths West Campus in Washington, D.C. to oversee progress and urge funding on the GSA’s ongoing project to consolidate DHS components onto the campus.  The St. Elizabeths DHS headquarters project …

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Sen. Gary Peters Requests Info on DHS’ Efforts to Address Domestic Extremist Content on Social Media

Sen. Gary Peters

Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has asked the Department of Homeland Security to provide policies, strategies and guidance for countering domestic extremism and domestic extremist threats on social media and online platforms. 

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DHS Issues, Updates Tools to Support GPS Security; Brannan Villee Quoted

DHS Science

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology (DHS S&T) Directorate has released two documents to guide the development of secure GPS receivers and prevent the spoofing of PNT systems. DHS said Thursday that its GPS Whitelist Development Guide addresses vulnerabilities and discusses data-related requirements in the directorate's existing Resilient PNT Conformance Framework.

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DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas: TSA to Release ‘Security Directive’ to Railroad, Aviation Sectors

Alejandro Mayorkas

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will impose a new “security directive” for railroad and aviation industries in an effort to strengthen cybersecurity strategies.  The cybersecurity regulations slated to be released by the end of the year will require critical transport and higher-risk railroad companies to disclose cyber incidents to the government, identify cyber officials and prepare contingency plans for cyberattacks. 

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DHS Awards Amentum $1.3B CBP Contract; Joe Dunaway Quoted

Aircraft Maintenance

Amentum announced on Thursday that the company has been awarded a potential ten-year, $1.3 billion contract by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations division. Under the hybrid firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-incentive and cost-reimbursable contract, Amentum will provide CBP’s diverse fixed-wing and rotary-wing fleet with aircraft maintenance and logistics support.

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DHS Unveils Roadmap for Post-Quantum Cryptography Transition; Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Quoted

Alejandro Mayorkas

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a guidance to assist organizations in securing their data and systems and mitigating risks and in preparing for the transition to post-quantum cryptography. The roadmap was developed in collaboration with the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology.

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DHS, NATO Conclude Testing of NICS First Responder Comms Platform

DHS Science

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) and NATO conducted the final exercise under a partnership to test a modern first responder communications platform. The DHS-NATO Advanced Regional Civil Emergency Coordination Project commenced in 2016 to demonstrate and further develop the Next-Generation Incident Command System.

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DHS, Partners Test Air Domain Awareness Tech for Border Security; Shawn McDonald Quoted

Air Domain Awareness

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology (DHS S&T) Directorate is testing technologies designed to secure the U.S.-Canada border's airspace. “S&T is excited about this opportunity to conduct these air domain awareness demonstrations and test these unique technologies, sensors and capabilities in realistic environments,” said Shawn McDonald, S&T program manager.

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DHS, NIST List Goals for Cyber Best Practices

Cybersecurity

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) have jointly classified cybersecurity practices into nine categories as bases for cyber performance goals. The nine categories each have specific objectives with regard to how secure control systems are operated and deployed, NIST said Thursday.

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