Tag Archives: Customs and Border Protection

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 and DOT Collaborate to Develop Guidelines on Federal Fleet Telematics Security

The Department of Homeland Security‘s Science and Technology Directorate has collaborated with the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center of the Transportation Department to provide an introductory text on cybersecurity for vehicle telematics for federal fleet managers. DHS said Tuesday the Telematics Cybersecurity Primer for Agencies will support the security of …

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GSA Signs 15-Year Lease for CBP’s Consolidated IT Office in Virginia

The Customs and Border Protection‘s Office of Information of Technology will move to consolidate its 11 separate locations into one facility through a 15-year lease agreement signed by the General Services Administration. CBP OIT will occupy a 444,595-rentable-square-foot office space at 22001 Loudoun County Parkway in Ashburn, Va., GSA said Thursday. The facility …

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DHS Supports Blockchain Projects, Standardization Efforts; Douglas Maughan Comments

The Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate has partnered with other DHS components and startup companies to develop blockchain-based technology platforms, GCN reported Tuesday. S&T also supports the World Wide Web Consortium in efforts to standardize the Verifiable Claims Data Model and Decentralized Identifiers. “Government must be informed and ensure blockchain technology …

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Report: Senate Approves Kevin McAleenan as CBP Commissioner

The Senate has approved President Donald Trump’s nomination of Kevin McAleenan to lead the U.S. Customs and Border Protection through a 77-19 vote, The Hill reported Monday. McAleenan, who has served as CBP commissioner on an acting basis since January 2017, was nominated for the full-time position in March of last year. He manages approximately 60,000 …

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CBP Seeks to Bolster Trade Facilitation Posture Through E-Commerce Strategy

The Customs and Border Protection has implemented an e-commerce strategy to bolster its trade facilitation posture and protect domestic businesses and consumers from threats related to electronic trade. CBP said March 6 it seeks to address U.S. security and economic challenges from the growing number of imported small packages through the agency’s e-commerce …

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DHS S&T Develops Air Surveillance Standards for Border Protection

The Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate is developing air surveillance standards in an effort to help secure national airspace through the evaluation of current and future radar platforms. DHS S&T said Tuesday it will assess existing air surveillance capabilities and radars of the Customs and Border Protection‘s Air …

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Lawmakers Move to Expand DHS Cybersecurity Role

House and Senate lawmakers advanced two bills last Wednesday that would expand the Department of Homeland Security‘s cybersecurity mission. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed a DHS reauthorization bill that would reorganize the department’s National Protection and Programs Directorate; secure personally identifiable information; and support cybersecurity research, Covington …

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DHS S&T Develops AI-Based Method for Aircraft Threat Detection

The Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate has begun to develop an artificial intelligence-based method for Customs and Border Protection agents to identify non-commercial aircraft threats. DHS said Thursday its S&T directorate is developing the Predictive Threat Model to aid CBP’s Air and Marine Operations Center in efforts to track small general aviation aircraft, …

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Sen. Claire McCaskill Wants OMB to Explain Proposed Federal Pay Freeze

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) has asked Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, to explain the agency’s proposal to suspend salary increases for all federal employees, Government Executive reported Friday. McCaskill urged Mulvaney in a letter to provide the rationale behind the proposed pay freeze, which will affect law enforcement …

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