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DHS Opens Center Building at Southeast D.C. HQ Complex

The Department of Homeland Security has opened its new center building to serve as part of its headquarters at the St. Elizabeth's campus in southeast Washington, D.C., Federal News Network reported Friday. The planned 1.3 million-square foot campus will house over 13,000

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Soraya Correa: DHS Component Agencies Strive to Assess Contract Vehicles Against Requirements

Soraya Correa, chief procurement officer at the Department of Homeland Security, said DHS’ component agencies need to identify acquisition programs to be suitable for their operations amid the federal government’s increasing focus on “best-in-class” contracts, FCW reported Friday

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USDA to Assume Ownership of DHS S&T Bio Lab; Greg Ibach Quoted

The Department of Homeland Security is set to transfer ownership of the science and technology directorate's National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility to the Department of Agriculture. As part of an agreement, USDA will manage operations and planning functions, while DHS will complete construction efforts for the facility, USDA said Thursday.

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CISA Issues Warning on Email Phishing Attacks

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is urging the public to be cautious of emails that look similar to National Cyber Awareness System notifications and contain malicious threats. CISA said Tuesday that the email phishing scam deploys a spoofed email address and tricks users into downloading malware through attachments that mimic Department of Homeland Security alerts.

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Christopher Krebs on DHS Cyber Agency’s AI Adoption

Christopher Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said CISA is developing the role of artificial intelligence in election security, Fifth Domain reported Wednesday. Krebs, a 2019 Wash100 winner, said that the agency is approaching the “walking phase” when it comes to AI during a Chertoff Group event on Tuesday.

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DHS S&T Pursues Development of Airport Shoe Scanner

The Department of Homeland Security is developing a millimeter wave technology designed to scan footwear for airport security. DHS' Science and Technology Directorate said Tuesday that it's pursuing this project as part of the Screening at Speed Program, an effort to boost security effectiveness and reduce waiting times for passengers.

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DHS Gathers Responders to Test New Techs in Texas

The Department of Homeland Security held a large-scale experiment in Texas to see how emergency responders can utilize new government-developed and commercial technologies integrated into existing public safety systems. The Next Generation First Responder Program– Harris County Operational Experiment at the Port of Houston gathered Houston-based public safety agencies, industry partners, DHS components and the U.S. Coast Guard, DHS said Tuesday.

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GAO: Agencies Must Establish ‘Complete’ IT Modernization Plans

The Government Accountability Office has found that most federal agencies with critical modernization needs haven't established plans for updating their legacy systems. GAO said in a report published Tuesday that the 10 most critical agencies with systems that range from eight to 51 years old are using outdated programming languages, deploy unsupported software and hardware and operate with known security vulnerabilities. 

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