Tag Archives: Janet Napolitano

DHS Awards $1.3B Preparedness Grants For FY 2012

The Department of Homeland Security has allocated $1.3 billion in grants to help states, urban areas, tribal and territorial governments, non-profit agencies and the private sector respond to major incidents. DHS said those incidents could include terrorist attacks, large-scale disasters and other public emergencies. These fiscal year 2012 funds are …

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DHS Data Network Named Primary Non-Defense Info Resource

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano release a directive Friday aimed at reducing the distribution of classified information on terrorism, NextGov reported. The directive will position DHS’ Homeland Secure Data Network as the U.S. government’s primary non-defense, secret level classified information network, according to NextGov. It will also synchronize federal standards …

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TSA Appoints New Members to Security Advisory Panel

The Transportation Security Administration has appointed 24 new members to its Aviation Security Advisory Committee, established in 1989 after the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing. The panel advises the agency and gives recommendations for improving airport security methods,  equipment and procedures. “One of my main priorities since joining TSA has …

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House Passes Funding Bill, Senate Dems Say No Way

The Republican-controlled House approved a bill to fund the federal government Friday, but Democrats in the Senate have vowed to block it. Largely along party lines, the House voted 219-203 to keep the government running through Nov. 18. The bill also provides $3.65 billion for disaster relief, a point of …

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Kids Under 13 Can Keep Shoes On at Airports, Napolitano Says

Children 12 years old and younger soon will be able to keep their shoes on while going through airport security, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday. New DHS policy, to be rolled out in the coming months, also includes other ways to screen young children without resorting to a …

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Napolitano Sees Air Travelers Keeping Shoes On In the Future

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday she could see a future where air travelers do not have to remove their shoes at security checkpoints. However, the technology to scan shoe-wearing passengers for bombs does not exist yet and may not be available in the near future, Napolitano said. The …

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State Dept. Issues Travel Alert Ahead of 9/11 Anniversary

Americans living and traveling abroad need to remain vigilant around the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the State Department said Friday. AFP reports the department has not identified any specific threats about possible attacks. However, the alert says al-Qaida and its affiliates have demonstrated both intent and capability in …

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Ahead of Irene, DHS & FEMA Call Local Leaders

Hurricane Irene is putting the east coast on notice this weekend and putting the federal government on overdrive in its preparations. The federal government made one step in its preparations Thursday by convening a call with governors in seven states along the Atlantic coast, plus five mayors. Homeland Security Secretary …

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