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New Collaborative Pilot Program Aims to Bolster DHS Tech Dev’t

Cyber Hygiene

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has co-launched a collaborative pilot program that aims to accelerate the development of technologies in support of the DHS mission. DHS said Tuesday its Science and Technology Directorate has partnered with technology company BMNT, nonprofit Common Mission Project and other DHS components to pursue the Hacking for Homeland Security or H4HS pilot program.

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House Committee Proposes DHS Reform

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A House panel responsible for overseeing the execution of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) activities proposed legislation to increase DHS transparency and accountability. The House Homeland Security Committee said Friday that the DHS Reform Act of 2020 would restrict the appointment of ‘acting’ leaders and create an associate secretary position to manage law enforcement functions at the department.

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DHS to Deploy Updated CDM Dashboard to Other Agencies Through FY 2021; Betsy Kulick Quoted

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Officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said an upgraded dashboard for the Continuous Diagnostic and Mitigation (CDM) program is now up and running at four small agencies and that DHS plans to roll out the platform to other federal agencies by the end of the fiscal year 2021. 

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DHS Adds Two Members to Homeland Security Advisory Council; Chad Wolf Quoted

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Catherine Lotrionte, a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies' (CSIS) technology policy program, has joined a federal advisory committee that makes recommendations for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS appointed Lotrionte to its Homeland Security Advisory Council along with Tom Jenkins, fire chief for the City of Rogers, Arkansas. 

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DHS to Publish Guidance for PNT Resiliency, Security; Ernest Wong Quoted

Cyber Hygiene

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology (DHS S&T) Directorate has developed a framework on the security of position, navigation and timing systems when used to provide timing information for the power grid and communication networks. TS&T built the framework on stakeholder input and plans to have it publicly released before the year ends.

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DHS OIG Report: FEMA Should Address Data Quality Issues in New System for Flood Insurance Program

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The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) office of inspector general has issued a report saying the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA) has experienced improvements after it modernized the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) system but still needs to address data quality issues in its new NFIP platform.

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DHS OIG: CISA Needs to Further Election Security Efforts

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The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a report stating that the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) must take additional steps to secure the U.S. election infrastructure. The OIG report dated Oct. 22 states that DHS has improved coordination and CISA was able to create guidelines for securing systems required throughout the 2020 election cycle.

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DHS S&T Tackles Driving Distraction Issue Affecting Patrol Operations

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The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology (DHS S&T) Directorate has launched an effort to address driving distractions that affect the safety of law enforcement personnel. The Advanced Decision Support for Public Safety—Preventable Law Enforcement Distracted Driving project will virtually gather patrol officers and supervisors from the U.S. and Canada to discuss the issue of driving distractions. 

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Army Contracting Command Awards DynCorp Task Order to Support DHS COVID-19 Vaccine Trials; George Krivo Quoted

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The Army Contracting Command-Rock Island has awarded DynCorp International (DI) a six-month task order to provide facilities to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as the agency conducts Phase III COVID-19 vaccination clinical trial center expansion, the company reported on Tuesday. The company that began the task order on Sept. 2nd, 2020.

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