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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published Tuesday that the 10 most critical agencies with systems that range from eight to 51 years old are using outdated programming languages, deploy unsupported software and hardware and operate with known security vulnerabilities. 

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House Panel-Approved FY 2020 DHS Spending Package Includes $2B for Cyber Agency

The House Appropriations Committee passed a bill to authorize approximately $2 billion in fiscal year 2020 for the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, reflecting a $408 million increase from the president’s budget request, FCW reported Tuesday.

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Rep. Michael McCaul Introduces Bipartisan Cyberattack Response Bill

Rep. Michael McCaul unveiled a legislation seeking to mitigate destructive effects caused by cyberattacks. The Department of Homeland Security's Cyber Incident Response Teams Act will authorize first responders to assist in repelling cyberattacks and repairing affected networks, the office of Michael McCaul said Monday.

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Jennifer Costello Takes Lead as DHS Acting Inspector General

Jennifer Costello, deputy inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security, will take on the new role as the agency’s acting inspector general, replacing John Kelly, who was scheduled to retire June 10, The Hill reported Monday. “I accelerated my retirement because I feel it’s in the best interest of the organization and its employees,” Kelly said in a statement. 

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Kenneth Cuccinelli Appointed Acting Citizenship & Immigration Services Director

Kenneth Cuccinelli, former attorney general of Virginia, has been named acting director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services within the Department of Homeland Security. “I look forward to working with the men and women of USCIS to ensure our legal immigration system operates effectively and efficiently while deterring fraud and protecting the American people,” Cuccinelli said in a statement published Monday.

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