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DHS Science Department Holds Rally to Test Biometric Security Systems

The Department of Homeland Security‘s Science and Technology Directorate has hosted the first Biometric Technology Rally, which featured tests of scanning technologies with face and face/iris recognition. The 10-day event aimed to mitigate biometric flaws at security checkpoints. It took place at the directorate’s Maryland Test Facility in March and …

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DHS, Canada’s Defense R&D Center to Evaluate Use of Artificial Intelligence in Emergency Response

The Department of Homeland Security’s science and technology directorate has partnered with the Canadian defense research and development center for security science to evaluate the use of artificial intelligence and situational awareness tools in critical situations. Both parties agreed to conduct an AI field experiment to determine how the Assistant for …

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William Bryan to be Nominated Full-Time DHS S&T Undersecretary

President Donald Trump plans to nominate William Bryan, acting undersecretary for science and technology at the Department of Homeland Security since May 2017, to lead the S&T directorate on a full-time basis. In his current role, Bryan oversees leads research, development, innovation, testing and evaluation efforts of department components and first responders in the …

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Ronald Vitiello Named Acting ICE Chief; Kirstjen Nielsen Comments

Ronald Vitiello, acting deputy commissioner of the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection, has been appointed by DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to succeed the retiring Tom Homan as acting director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Vitiello’s appointment took effect Saturday, June 30, and he will also serve …

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DHS OKs 1,000th Anti-Terrorism Product Under SAFETY Act

The Department of Homeland Security‘s Science and Technology Directorate has approved the 1,000th technology that complies with the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act. The act provides legal liability protection for SAFETY-approved products in the events of terrorist attacks, DHS said Monday. The government passed the SAFETY Act in 2001 to prevent liabilities …

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DHS S&T Updates Solicitation Portal for R&D Proposals

The Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate has updated an online portal used to submit and solicit industry proposals. DHS said Thursday the modernized Long Range Broad Agency Announcement website offers information on criteria for R&D project evaluation and a list of requirements that align with the S&T Industry Guide and the department’s component …

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Adm. Karl Schultz Assumes Coast Guard Leadership

Adm. Karl Schultz officially succeeded Adm. Paul Zukunft as commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard during a ceremony that took place Friday at USCG’s headquarters in Washington, DoD News reported Friday. President Donald Trump attended the change-of-command ceremony and thanked Zukunft for his military service over the past 45 years. Schultz, former USCG …

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DHS S&T Prioritizes 5 Research Areas Supporting New Cybersecurity Strategy

The Department of Homeland Security‘s Science and Technology Directorate is initiating research efforts to support a new cybersecurity strategy. These efforts aim to bolster the department’s cyber detection and defense capacities, and encompass the areas of risk identification, vulnerability reduction, threat reduction, consequence mitigation and enabling of cybersecurity outcomes, DHS said Thursday. In support of …

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GAO: Post-Implementation Reviews of DHS’ Major Acquisition Programs Key to Portfolio Mgmt

The Government Accountability Office has called on the Department of Homeland Security to improve its portfolio management efforts through post-implementation assessments of major acquisition programs upon the deployment of initial capabilities. GAO made the recommendation after it found that DHS does not leverage data collected from reviews once those programs conclude the …

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