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Boston shut down as bombing suspects chased down

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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.

Law enforcement, homeland security, White House vow to find Boston bomber

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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

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GSN Awards 2012

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.

GSN 2012 Homeland Security Awards program open for entries

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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.

Obama seeks three percent hike in discretionary budget at DHS

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.

192 criminal arrests as part of Operation Coyote

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As part of the Government’s campaign to respond to the recent rise in illegal migration into South Texas, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson has announced the seize of more than $625,000 and arrests of 192 people in a crackdown on human smuggling along the Mexican border in South Texas.

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Accident investigation and disaster response courses to be offered by NTSB

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is offering four investigative courses and one focused on disaster response/family assistance at the NTSB's Training Center near Washington, DC, in August and September.

Helicopter Accident Investigation course, being held August 18 – 22, will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of the procedures and methods used and the skills required with all aspects of helicopter accident investigation.

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Edward Benthall named NTSB CFO

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National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Acting Chairman Christopher A. Hart has announced the selection of Edward Benthall, Jr. as NTSB's chief financial officer (CFO).

Benthall has served as acting CFO since January 2014 and has been the agency's deputy CFO since 2011. He has served a critical role in effectively managing the agency's budget of more than $100 million dollars.

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Stricter rules proposed for safer crude oil transportation

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The Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) detailing a comprehensive proposal to improve railway safety while transporting large quantities of flammable materials, such as crude oil and ethanol. The proposal is based on an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) in September 2013, reflecting responses from more than 152,000 commenters.

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