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FAA Authorizes Drone Operators to Aid Hurricane Damage Assessments

The Federal Aviation Administration has authorized 43 unmanned aircraft system operators as of Thursday morning to support damage assessments or provide media coverage related to Hurricane Harvey response operations in Houston. FAA said Thursday the UAS permits cover federal, state and local government efforts to assess homes, critical infrastructure and establishments hit …

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Report: Rick Driggers to Become DHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber, Communications

Rick Driggers, principal deputy director of the national cybersecurity and communications integration center at the Department of Homeland Security, will take over as deputy assistant secretary at DHS’ cybersecurity and communications office, FCW reported Monday. DHS officials told FCW that Driggers will succeed the retiring Danny Toler, who announced plans …

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Sen. Tom Carper: HQ Consolidation Could Save DHS $1B

A report from Sen. Tom Carper (D-Delaware) estimates that the Department of Homeland Security will save nearly $1.2 billion over 30 years if DHS completes the  consolidation of its headquarters at the St. Elizabeths West campus in Washington, D.C. The report, titled “DHS Headquarters Consolidation at St. Elizabeths: Better Results for Less Money,” recommends the incoming administration …

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NGA Deploys Disaster Support Team, Geospatial Products to Assist Louisiana Flood Recovery Efforts

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has deployed a disaster support team and a suite of geospatial products to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency‘s damage assessment operations in the flooded areas of Louisiana. NGA said Monday its geospatial visualization products and web services are designed to relay location and damage-specific information to country officials, local law enforcement …

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DHS Rolls Out First Responder Data Sharing Tool Worldwide; Dan Cotter Comments

The Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate has rolled out an information sharing tool for first responders around the world. DHS said Monday the Next-Generation Incident Command System works as a mobile, web-based communication platform for first responders to request and receive remote assistance from personnel. DHS and the U.S. Coast …

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Navy Medicine Publishes Updated Zika Virus Guidelines for Staff

Navy Medicine posted an updated Zika virus mitigation guidance for U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps personnel on Thursday through a Navadmin message. The Navy said Friday the updated Navadmin requires installation commanders to implement the defense secretary’s guidance to control virus-carrying mosquitoes at Navy installations and in housing areas while installation commanding officers …

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Jeff Johnson: FirstNet Sets Path Toward National Broadband Network Development

Jeff Johnson, vice chair of the First Responder Network Authority board, wrote in a blog entry posted Thursday the agency has implemented initiatives during 2015 to prepare for the construction and implementation of a nationwide public-safety broadband network. He said FirstNet consulted with federal, state, local and tribal government organizations to gather ideas on …

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FCC Pushes for 911 Text Messaging Capability; Tom Wheeler Comments

Chairman Tom Wheeler and the Federal Communications Commission have voted to implement an across-the-board emergency response text messaging service by the end of 2014, The Hill reported Friday. Under the order, wireless companies and messaging applications will be required to enable users to send texts to 911, a move that is meant to bolster public safety …

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Feds Disclose Attempted Federal Workforce Data Breach

Hackers based in China broke into the Office of Personnel Management‘s computer networks in March and the government believes they wanted to access data on security clearances, the New York Times reported Wednesday. A Department of Homeland Security official confirmed the infiltration and said that authorities found no loss of “personally identifiable information,” …

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Northcom Aids DoD, FEMA During Hurricane Sandy Operations

The U.S. Northern Command is working with the Defense Department to conduct emergency response operations due to Hurricane Sandy. Dod announced that Northcom is coordinating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in regions 1, 2 and 3 and sending further support from regions 4, 7, and 9. Northcocm identified and …

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