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Air Travel Safer but No Guarantees, TSA Chief Pistole Says

In the ten years since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, air travel has become safer but still comes with no guarantees, the head of the Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday. John Pistole said terrorists are taking “extreme” measures to evade security, highlighting an attempt to hide explosives in a …

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FDIC Must Improve Financial Data Protection, GAO Report Says

The agency responsible for protecting deposits in U.S. banks has weak information security controls, threatening the security of financial data, a Government Accountability Office report says. The report, published Aug. 12, examined the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s controls designed to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of its financial systems …

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Sen. Schumer: Run Background Checks on Utility Workers

Major utility plants should run background checks on employees to help prevent security threats, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Sunday. Reuters reports Schumer plans to introduce legislation next month requiring major utilities and critical infrastructure plants to run FBI background checks on workers with access to sensitive areas within utilities. …

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TSA Boss: Patdowns, Scanners Work

Patdowns and full body scanners at airports have helped prevent another terrorist attack in the U.S. after the 9/11 attacks, Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole said. Pistole discussed the future of transportation security at the Newseum in Washington Wednesday. The enhanced patdowns and full body scanners have been the …

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GAO Report: State’s Info Security Program Limited

The State Department has developed a system for identifying and prioritizing information security risks but it does not paint a complete picture, a Government Accountability Office report said. The department developed iPost, a program providing continuous monitoring capabilities of information security risk. The department also developed a scoring system for …

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Army to Shorten Most Tours of Duty

The Army announced Friday it will shorten the length of tours of duty for most troops from one year to nine months. The Army said the change will go into effect Jan. 1 and be fully implemented by April 1. The new deployment policy will allow soldiers more time at …

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GAO Looks at In-House vs. Contract Guards in Report

Both in-house security workers and contractors come with advantages and disadvantages for federal agencies, a Government Accountability Office report says. Homeland Security Today reports the GAO surveyed nine federal agencies that have military, law enforcement or security missions. Eight agencies used both in-house and contract security staff. The Veterans Health …

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TSA Prepping Behavior Detection Plan at Airports

New behavior detection techniques are coming to airport checkpoints as soon as next month, Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole said Thursday. According to Politico, Pistole was interviewed on-stage by CNN reporter Jeanne Meserve at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado. TSA has officers trained to detect behaviors in potential …

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Panetta: Iraqi Leaders Should Decide on US Presence in Iraq

According to Assistant Defense Secretary of Public Affairs Douglas Wilson, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta wants Iraqi leaders to make a decision about the status of U.S. presence in Iraq. Panetta, who has been in Iraq since Monday, met with the country’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and President Jalal Talabani. Wilson …

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DHS Offers Enhanced Security Plan for Ports, Waterways

  Alan Bersin, CBP The Department of Homeland Security has crafted a new plan to enhance security at U.S. ports and waterways. According to the department, the plan involves creating the department’s Maritime Operations Coordination, which aims to improve communication with the Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection and Immigration …

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