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The greater Boston area is shut down with bus and subway service suspended and local businesses and universities closed, as federal and local authorities chase down two men believed to have carried out the Boston Marathon bombings.
Federal, state and local investigators are in the initial stages of tracking down the person or persons responsible for two bombs detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15 that killed three people and wounded over 100, but said no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The latest details to emerge from the afternoon of chaos in the city included news that the bombs -- which were stuffed in trashcans near the race route -- contained ball bearings or BBs meant to cause even more substantial injuries to bystanders.
GSN 2012 Awards announced: White House deputy of homeland security recognized for leadership at annual gala
Hundreds of the best of the homeland security community’s federal, state and municipal government officials, government contractors, systems integrators, IT vendors and physical security product and solutions providers all came together the night of November 29 in a ballroom of the Washington, D.C. convention center to receive accolades.
The GSN awards dinner, which has become a Washington tradition over the last four years, offered a chance for the excellence and civic-minded spirit of homeland security efforts nationwide to be recognized.
The Government Security News 2012 Homeland Security Awards Program officially opened for entries on May 1, once again featuring 45 Awards in three broad Categories:Best Vendors of IT Security Products and Solutions, Best Vendors of Physical Security Products and Solutions and the 2011 Government Excellence Awards.
Government Security News has announced that its 2011 Homeland Security Awards Program will officially open for business and start accepting entries in the program’s 45 awards categories on Tuesday, April 26.
Despite official murmurings a few months ago that the fiscal year 2011 budget request for DHS might decline slightly, the budget package unveiled on February 1 actually shows a three percent increase in “discretionary spending” by DHS in 2011, versus the prior year, and modest growth, at approximately the predicted rate of inflation, in the outer years.
Control Risks, an independent risk consultancy specializing in political, integrity, and security risk, has named Greg Esslinger to lead its corporate investigations and legal technologies businesses in the Americas. Esslinger is an experienced fraud and corruption consultant and former FBI special agent.
Based in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, GA, he will direct the company’s multi-jurisdictional investigations and litigation support.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin M. Johnson will become the president of The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM). His inauguration ceremony will be held on April 16, 2014 at the Citizen Hotel in Sacramento, CA. Currently the vice president of the USCM, he will replace Scott Smith, mayor of Mesa, AZ, who left the leadership position to pursue the upcoming Arizona gubernatorial race. Mayor Johnson, the first African-American mayor of Sacramento, was elected in 2008; he is currently serving his second term.
Washington, D.C.-based Apprio, a provider of technology solutions, particularly for the health, defense, and homeland security markets, has announced it received a new contract with the DHS’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) worth as much as $20 million over five years. The base year of the contract totals $3.75 million, with an additional four option years.
The U.S. government’s STOPfakes roadshow will lead a campaign to help businesses prevent Intellectual Property theft activities such as counterfeiting merchandise. The roadshow will include speakers from a number of federal agencies such as the FBI, the U.S. Patent & Trade Office (USPTO), the Office of Intellectual Property Rights, and the World Intellectual Property Organization. Attendees may discuss their concerns directly with government officials during one-on-one consultations during the roadshow.