Tag Archives: CBP

GAO to Review CBP’s Arizona Border Surveillance Tech Programs

The Government Accountability Office is set to review programs under the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Arizona Border Surveillance Technology Plan to assess CBP’s implementation of GAO’s recommendations. CBP kicked off the deployment of technology for three border surveillance programs this month following recommendation from GAO that an independent entity …

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OpenTheBooks: DoD Has Transferred $2B in Surplus Military Gear to Local Police Depts Since 2006

OpenTheBooks, a watchdog group that monitors government spending activities, has found that the Defense Department has transferred approximately $2.2 billion in surplus military equipment to local police departments across the U.S. since 2006. Adam Andrzejewski, founder and CEO of OpenTheBooks, wrote in an opinion piece for Forbes published Tuesday the organization also …

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Douglas Maughan: DHS Seeks to Educate Tech Firms on Federal Demand

The Department of Homeland Security has asked Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to participate in a DHS program that aims to employ products and services from the technology hub, Federal Times reported Tuesday. Salvador Rodriguez writes DHS held an event on Friday where officials from the department and the Customs and Border Protection agency discussed their technology requirements …

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Profile: Michael Brown, CIO of Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Michael Brown serves as the chief information officer of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He previously worked as executive director of the information technology services office at the Department of Homeland Security where he formed and led an $800 million per year organization that worked to deliver IT services across DHS. Brown also directed the enterprise infrastructure projects office …

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Report: Rep. Duncan Hunter Seeks UAV Acquisition Funds for Coast Guard

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-California) wants to request funds for the U.S. Coast Guard to procure land-based unmanned aerial vehicles to support the service branch’s surveillance missions, Navy Times reported Tuesday. Meghann Myers writes the Coast Guard has long relied on UAVs from the Customs and Border Protection to aid in maritime interdiction operations. The report said Hunter, …

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Charles Armstrong Retires as CBP CIO, Led Cloud Transition Effort

Charles Armstrong has departed the role of chief information officer for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, Fedscoop reported Friday. Greg Otto writes Armstrong aided the CBP in its effort to transition its applications to the cloud during his seven-year CIO tenure. Armstrong was previously the assistant commissioner within CBP’s Office of Information …

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Texas Seeks Input on Small Surveillance Balloons

The Texas Department of Public Safety has kicked off search for small surveillance balloons intended to help detect drug trafficking and smuggling on the border, Valley Central reported Friday. Dave Hendricks writes the department released a request for information in December for what it describes as light-weight and “rapidly deployable …

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