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 Homeland Security

  1. A student scans a patient's bar code at the Integrated Capstone Event held at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama. Photos by Shannon Arledge/ / Center for Domestic P

    Keeping tabs during a disaster

    Center for Domestic Preparedness trains first responders to track patients.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  2. Brendan Goode, a key figure in the Einstein program, to leave DHS

    The department confrms that Goode will leave for the private sector later this month.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
  3. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson sees a bigger need to gather data on international travelers. Rob Curtis/Staff

    DHS gathering more data on international travelers

    The Department of Homeland Security is taking more aggressive steps to gather data from travelers coming to the U.S. from countries that do not need a visa.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  4. The Federal Protective Service will increase security at some federal buildings as a precaution against threats from terrorist groups overseas. Staff

    Terror risk leads to increased protection for federal buildings

    Islamic State and other groups are calling for attacks inside America, prompting a response from DHS's Federal Protective Service.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  5. Though DHS struggles with employee morale and leadership gaps, the agency has greatly improved homeland security, said Rep. Michael McCaul. Getty Images

    Can DHS be fixed? Lawmakers divided over agency's future

    Ideas include reorganization, strong oversight, and even moving some DHS agencies to other departments.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  6. Tethered to a ground station, a PTDS aerostat like this one can provide surveillance as far as 100 miles away, for weeks at a time. Lockheed Martin

    DHS tests Army aerostat for border protection

    Lockheed Martin and the Army are providing operational support for the Persistent Threat Detection System aerostat.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  7. GAO upholds protest against USIS contract

    The Government Accountability Office dealt background investigation contractor USIS another blow by upholding a protest from a rival company over the awarding of a $210 million contract.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  8. Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, speaks during the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council's symposium on the future of DHS enterprise. Rob Curtis/Staff

    DHS head: Cybersecurity, Unity of Effort top priority list

    Jeh Johnson seeks greater efficiency within DHS components.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  9. Transportation Security Administration Administrator John Pistole is stepping down. AFP/Getty Images

    TSA chief announces retirement

    John Pistole served for more than four years.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  10. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson (pictured) and Army Gen. Charles Jacoby are in regular contact on threats that call for collaboration. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Army, DHS leaders seek closer partnership

    Ebola, ISIL, other threats call for collaborative approaches.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  11. The new completion date for the renovation of St. Elizabeths Hospital's historic center building is fall 2017. Staff

    GSA awards contract for new DHS HQ

    Two construction firms will renovate building at the former St. Elizabeth's Hospital campus.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  12. iRobot's 510 PackBot, a bomb disposal and surveillance tool, can climb stairs and lift up to 15 pounds. iRobot

    Small unmanned systems find growing security role

    UAVs are just one piece of the universe of unmanned systems.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  13. Phyllis Schneck: Building trust is a crucial component of cybersecurity. Rob Curtis/Staff

    DHS cyber chief emphasizes resiliency, building trust

    Cybersecurity is part of homeland security, says Phyllis Schneck, leader of the National Protection and Programs Directorate.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  14. The IG is faulting FEMA for spending too much in the aftermath of floods in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 2008. David Greedy / Getty Images

    IG report: FEMA misstep cost agency $12 million

    Audit finds agency replaced buildings it could have repaired.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  15. DHS IG claims reform progress after change in leadership

    The Department of Homeland Security's top watchdog has worked to improve its independence and strengthen its oversight, according to Inspector General John Roth.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  16. DHS plans to operate as a more unified agency and dedicate resources to higher-risk areas, Secretary Jeh Johnson said. Rob Curtis/Staff

    DHS officials tie agency future to risk management

    One-size-fits-all is not an effective strategy, says secretary.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  17. Border Patrol to test body cameras on agents

    Border authorities will begin testing body cameras in response to criticism about use-of-force incidents.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  18. In addition to pay schedule changes, the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2013 requires the agency to assess its staffing and funding needs at every post along the border. Donna Burton

    Senate overhauls border patrol overtime pay

    New act sets up three overtime pay schedules for more predictable paychecks.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  19. Detainees sleep in a holding cell at a DHS processing facility in Brownsville, Texas. Eric Gay-Pool/Getty Images

    Immigration surge pressures DHS budget

    DHS reallocates funding to address flood of minors.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  20. A Customs and Border Protection officer checks the identification of a person crossing from Mexico into the United States at the San Ysidro port of entry on November 14, 2013 in San Diego. CBP wasted millions on an employee housing project. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) John Moore / Getty Images

    Report: CBP wasted millions on employee housing project

    Customs and Border Protection wasted millions of dollars on employee housing in the American southwest, according to an inspector general report released Sept. 3.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  21. 64 small businesses are on DHS' EAGLE II contract. Thomas Brown/Staff

    Small firms eager for EAGLE II opportunities

    64 small businesses are on the DHS contract.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  22. Roger Waldron, of the Coalition for Government Procurement, questions whether EAGLE II is needed. File

    EAGLE II protest odyssey nears an end

    Contract's largest track still held up.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  23. DHS is trying to expand its use of biometrics. Dave Einsel / Getty Images

    DHS could get millions for IDENT biometrics

    Pending funding bills would provide resources to upgrade system.

    • Sep. 5, 2014
  24. EAGLE II, the next major DHS IT contract, is nearly in full operation. Win McNamee/Getty Images

    EAGLE II gathers momentum

    Two years after the first contracts were awarded, DHS's multiple-award technology program is nearly in full force.

    • Sep. 4, 2014
  25. EAGLE II provides several features that will make it even more useful, according to DHS. JIM WATSON / AFP

    EAGLE II offers new features and flexibilities

    The new contracting platform consolidates functional areas, allows post-award teaming.

    • Sep. 4, 2014
  26. DHS is preparing to bring EAGLE II IT contract program into full flight AFP

    Agencies and industry prepare for new contract

    As the final steps proceed, preparations are underway.

    • Sep. 4, 2014
  27. DHS picks InfoReliance for EINSTEIN support

    The $65 million contract also covers other projects.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  28. The Coast Guard has deployed electronic aids to navigation, or eATONS, around the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, a critical piece of Bay Area infrastructure. Coast Guard/Levi Read

    Coast Guard tests virtual assets

    Electronic markers, virtual fences and other high-tech tools can aid navigation, security.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
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