Tag Archives: Department of Homeland Security

GAO Releases Annual Assessment of Major DHS Acquisition Programs

DHS

The Government Accountability Office assessed 24 major acquisition programs of the Department of Homeland Security and found that 19 of those were meeting their cost and schedule baseline goals as of September 2020. GAO said in a report that five DHS acquisition programs remained in breach of either schedule or cost goals or both as of September last year.

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Alejandro Mayorkas Discusses DHS Workforce Initiatives, Cyber Posture

Alejandro Mayorkas

Alejandro Mayorkas, President Biden’s choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), recently discussed how he plans to support the department’s workforce. Mayorkas noted that he will work to provide DHS employees with essential tools to support success across the department. Mayorkas noted that he plans to improve the department’s cyber posture. 

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David Norquist to Serve as Acting Secretary of Defense for Biden Administration

David Norquist

David Norquist, current deputy secretary of defense and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, will serve as acting secretary of defense for the Biden administration. Norquist has more than three decades of experience in federal financial management and national security. He was sworn in as the 34th deputy secretary of defense in July 2019. 

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U.S.-Israel Homeland Security Partnership Selects Tech Projects for New Awards; William Bryan Quoted

William Bryan

An international partnership between the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology (DHS S&T) Directorate and Israel has awarded a total amount of $1.5 million to homeland security projects that tackle 3D mapping, threat detection and other topics of interest. The Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation issued awards to Liberty Defense Technologies, Levitection, Ception Technologies and Hivemapper under the HLS program. 

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NCSC’s William Evanina: U.S. Needs Supply Chain Security Program Based on Zero-Trust

William Evanina

William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), has said the federal government must develop a supply-chain risk mitigation program based on the zero-trust concept. “We have to have in the government, the ability to utilize private-sector talent capability and know-how to protect our nation and our entire society,” he noted.

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FEMA Chief Pete Gaynor to Serve as Acting DHS Secretary

Pete Gaynor

Pete Gaynor, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will serve as acting secretary at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He will succeed Chad Wolf, who announced his resignation Monday in a letter obtained by the publication. Gaynor told his staff he will take over as interim secretary of homeland security and serve in that capacity through Jan. 20th.

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DHS, NASA Demo First Responder Location Tracker

First Responder Tracker

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have conducted initial field tests of a technology designed to locate first responders during emergency response missions even when they are inside a burning building. The POINTER technology is intended to use magnetoquasistatic fields and generate 3D-based location data to help first responders find an injured or lost team member.

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DHS Tests Ability of Biometric Acquisition Systems in Identifying People With Face Masks

Facial Recognition

Preliminary test results of the third Biometric Technology Rally held by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) science and technology (S&T) directorate in the fall of 2020 showed that biometric acquisition tools as well as matching algorithms were up to 96 percent accurate in identifying individuals with protective face masks.

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Year-End Spending Bill Includes Local Gov’t Cybersecurity Language

Cyber Strategy

The $1.4 trillion spending package approved by President Trump contains a provision that mandates the Department of Homeland of Security (DHS) to help local agencies create online portals and email accounts with the .gov domain. The provision directs the DHS' Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to develop an outreach strategy and make resources available to assist local governments in the .gov transition process.

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DHS Warns US Companies of Data Security Risks Posed by Firms With Ties to Chinese Gov’t; Chad Wolf Quoted

Chad Wolf

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released an advisory warning U.S. businesses of security risks associated with using data services and equipment from companies with ties to the Chinese government.The Data Security Business Advisory highlights the risk posed by data theft sponsored by the government of the People’s Republic of China.

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