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DHS S&T Explosives Unit Funds Oak Ridge Geospatial Tool Project

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s explosives division has funded an Oak Ridge National Laboratory research project to develop a geospatial tool for communication, collaboration and situational awareness uses in security events. DHS said Friday the Incident Management Preparedness and Coordination Toolkit aids bomb squads on the assessment of impacts …

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Report: DOT CTO Maria Roat to Join SBA as CIO

Maria Roat, Transportation Department chief technology officer, will join the Small Business Administration as chief information officer on Oct. 3, Nextgov reported Tuesday. Roat led DoT’s adoption of cloud computing, data management and enterprise technology approaches to support the department’s operations and service delivery. She is also a former director of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program. …

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DHS OIG: TSA Lacks Oversight of Credentials Program Security Threat Assessment

The Department of Homeland Security‘s office of the inspector general has said the Transportation Security Administration lacks oversight and guidance over the Transportation Worker Identification Credentials program’s background check process. A DHS OIG report published Sept. 1 stated the TWIC program office focuses more on customer service than the program’s effectiveness and the program office lacks authority …

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FAA Releases Aeronautical Knowledge Test Preparation Materials for Small UAS Operators

The Federal Aviation Administration has published extensive materials to help unmanned aerial system operators prepare for the implementation of a new rule governing the use of small non-recreational drones. FAA said Thursday its Part 107 rule, set to take effect Aug. 29, will require people who fly commercial drones to either obtain a remote pilot certificate with a small UAS rating or be …

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DHS’ Jeh Johnson Speaks at Middle Eastern Law Enforcement Officers Association Conference

Jeh Johnson, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, has highlighted DHS’ commitment to help keep communities safe during a speech at the first annual conference of the Middle Eastern Law Enforcement Officers Association in Dearborn, Michigan. MELOA comprises several department employees who aim to promote trust through community engagement, George Selim, director of DHS’ office for community …

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Deltek’s John Slye: DHS IT Spending to Top $7B in FY 2021

A Deltek report estimates that the Department of Homeland Security‘s spending on information technology contracts will increase by a 2.5% compound annual growth rate to $7.4 billion in fiscal year 2021 from $6.5 billion in FY 2016. Deltek analyst John Slye wrote in a blog post published Wednesday the research firm’s “Federal Information Technology Market, 2016-2021” …

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TSA Partners with American Airlines for National Airport Screening Tech Installation Initiative

A team of the Transportation Security Agency and American Airlines will install new screening technology at select facilities nationwide in the fall. TSA said Tuesday the team will establish new automated security screening lanes and computed tomography scanners in an effort to meet security efficiency targets at the Chicago O’Hare, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles and Miami …

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GAO Recommends TSA Update Airport Security Risk Assessment Method

The Government Accountability Office has called on the Transportation Security Administration to update its assessment methods for airport security in order to help schedule resources for what TSA identifies as high-priority risks. GAO said Tuesday TSA developed a comprehensive risk assessment of perimeter and access control security in May 2013 after the …

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