Tag Archives: DHS

MCA Names Michael Smith as CIO; Lisa Firestone Quoted

Michael Smith

Managed Care Advisors (MCA) has appointed Michael Smith as chief information officer (CIO) to support the organization’s growth strategy and business opportunities, following the recent award of  SaaS, Case Management and COVID-19 Management contracts. “We chose Michael Smith because of his solutions-oriented and innovative approach to solving complex challenges,” said Lisa Firestone, MCA president and CEO.

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Dovel Technologies Subsidiary Wins $135M Task Order to Support FEMA NFIP; Mike Cosgrave, Damon Griggs

Damon Griggs

A Dovel Technologies subsidiary, Ace Info Solutions, has been awarded a potential five-year, $135 million Alliant 2 Task Order from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). "We are excited to support this new contract and further FEMA's mission of helping people before, during and after disasters," said Damon Griggs, Dovel CEO.

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DHS Launching R&D Projects on 5G Mobile Security; Christopher Krebs Quoted

Christopher Krebs

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is launching a research and development effort focused on mobile security as the country works to roll out 5G infrastructure. William Bryan, the acting undersecretary for science and technology, said S&T is currently working with the private sector in efforts to secure U.S. telecom infrastructure.

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CBP Unveils Website for Consolidated Biometrics Vetting Operations; Diane Sabatino Quoted

Diane Sabatino

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has launched a website to modernize the agency’s biometrics-based entry and exit passenger vetting operations. CBP created the website as part of its Biometric Entry-Exit initiative focused on verifying personal identities at ports of entry. The new site presents information on the CBP program including 3D models and data.

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DHS Taps SecureKey to Create Alternative Social Security Number Identifier

DHS

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology (DHS S&T) Directorate has selected SecureKey Technologies to develop a blockchain-based technology for the social security number system under a $193K award. Under the Silicon Valley Innovation Program, SecureKey will create and implement an alternative SSN identifier that does not expose personally identifiable information. 

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Federal Government Adds New Partner to Health Information Exchange Network; William Tinston, Dr. Neil Evans Quoted

William Tinston

The Department of Defense (DoD), Department Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have added the CommonWell Health Alliance to the joint health information exchange network, a platform that facilitates wider health data sharing. The engagement with CommonWell adds over 15 thousand medical facilities to the HIE network. 

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CISA, MS-ISAC Issue Alert on ‘Emotet’ Malware

Emotet Malware

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) have released an advisory on a new kind of malware called Emotet that spreads through phishing emails. CISA said in the alert published Tuesday that Emotet is a form of Trojan virus with “worm-like” elements that can impact an entire network.

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Trump Eyes Nomination of Sean Plankey as DHS Asst Director

Sean Plankey

President Trump plans to nominate Sean Plankey to serve as assistant director for infrastructure security at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Plankey currently serves as principal deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity, energy security and emergency response at the Department of Energy (DOE). Before DOE, he held the role of director for cyber policy at the National Security Council

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DHS Continues Efforts to Integrate AI Into Contractor Performance Assessment System

AI Integration

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is continuing a prototyping effort focused on using artificial intelligence to help improve a system designed for managing data on contractors’ past performance. The DHS Procurement Innovation Lab will work with 10 agencies to assess seven AI technologies intended to modernize the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) and simplify its data management operations. 

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DHS Issues Homeland Threat Assessment; Chad Wolf Quoted

Chad Wolf

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a report about national security threats facing the country based on insights collected from DHS’ operational and intelligence components. “When the American people read this [Homeland Threat Assessment] they will be more aware of the traditional threats facing the Homeland like terrorism and organized crime,” said Chad Wolf, acting DHS secretary

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