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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.

OzVision

Alan Avidan, President, indicates that OzVision is pushing the forefront of hosted video services for dealers and users. The company’s government market includes military bases, government facilities, and national monuments such as the Washington Monument, the State of Liberty and Ford’s Theater. Avidan calls for dealers and central services to join in the hosted video movement, which he describes as the future of the industry.

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.

After Blackwater verdict, lawmakers continue to call for more contractor accountability

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After a verdict Wednesday in which four former employees of Blackwater USA were found guilty of charges relating to the killing of 14 civilians and to the wounding of numerous others in Iraq in 2007, some lawmakers are renewing calls to rein in possible governmet security contract abuses.

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FAA details interagency Ebola protection guidelines

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop guidelines for airline crews, cleaning and cargo personnel, and air medical transport on issues of public health and on disease awareness, it says.

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Booz Allen debuts new tactical forensic device for law enforcement

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McLean, VA-based Booz Allen has debuted a powerful new device that will help law enforcement and the military conduct immediate fingerprint analysis at an incident scene -- saving precious time in the initial stages of an investigation. The handheld VAMPIRE tactical device conducts real-time forensic analysis in the field, performing fast, accurate, on-site latent, and live fingerprint identification and matching analysis in just seconds.

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Tripwire announces expanded federal support for Tripwire Enterprise

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Portland, OR-based Tripwire, a provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions, has announced expanded platform and policy support for National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) 800-53 Revision 4 and expanded coverage of DISA STIGs in Tripwire Enterprise. Tripwire Enterprise announced support for NIST 800-53 Revision 4 at the end of 2013 and this release expands the comprehensive coverage already available for this standard.

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