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Sen. Claire McCaskill Asks CBP for Info on $297M Staff Hiring Support Contract

Sen. Claire McCaskill, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has asked the Customs and Border Protection to provide information about a potential five-year, $297 million contract awarded to Accenture for recruitment support services. The contract calls for Accenture’s federal services business to recruit and employ …

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Neil Alan Chilson Named FTC Acting Chief Technologist

Neil Alan Chilson, an attorney adviser at the Federal Trade Commission, has been appointed to serve as the agency’s chief technologist on an acting basis. FTC said Tuesday Chilson will advise the commission and its acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen on technology-related matters such as usage, law enforcement actions and policy recommendations. …

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DHS Grants to Support Community-Led Counterterrorism Efforts

The Department of Homeland Security has awarded $10 million in total grants to 26 local law enforcement and community organizations that aim to help the government combat terrorism and radicalization. DHS said Friday the Countering Violent Extremism program will fund community-led initiatives to identify and stop terrorist recruitment and extremist activities as well …

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FAA’s New Committee to Establish Standards for UAV Tracking

The Federal Aviation Administration will establish a new aviation rule-making committee tasked to develop standards on how to identify and track unmanned aerial vehicles. FAA said Wednesday that panel will consist of stakeholders from the aviation community, unmanned aircraft industry, industry member organization, researchers and standards groups. The committee will help …

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DHS Tests Face Recognition Algorithms for Law Enforcement Applications

The Department of Homeland Security has tested face recognition algorithms using video data to support potential law enforcement applications. DHS said Tuesday its science and technology directorate worked with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to independently evaluate 36 face recognition algorithms as part of the Face in Video Evaluation program. FIVE used video …

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CBP Air and Marine Operations Unit Deploys Predator B UAS for Texas Border Security Mission

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection‘s Air and Marine Operations component has deployed an unmanned aircraft system to San Angelo, Texas, to help AMO personnel monitor border security in the state. CBP said Tuesday that the AMO deployment of General Atomics-built Predator B drone will utilize an existing AMO operating location and support the agency’s border …

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House Lawmakers Renew Push for Email Privacy Bill

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers has reintroduced a bill that would require law enforcement officials to secure a warrant to access emails. The Email Privacy Act aims to update the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act and would allow law enforcement to access emails older than 180 days through third-party providers without a warrant, Rep. Suzan DelBene’s (D-Washington) …

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