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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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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.

NOAA satellites help in the rescue of 240 people in 2014

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s fleet of weather satellites helped save 240 people in 2014 from potentially life-threatening situations throughout the U.S. and its surrounding waters, the agency says.

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Iron Mountain appoints Bill O’Neill to lead Federal business

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Iron Mountain Incorporated, a provider of storage and information management services, has announced that Bill O’Neill will be joining the company as vice president and general manager for Iron Mountain’s Government Services business. In his new role, O’Neill will lead Iron Mountain’s efforts to generate growth and market share in the Federal government sector by delivering records and information management solutions for the company.

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Lifeloc Technologies appoints G. Ravishankar to president

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Denver, CO-based Lifeloc Technologies, a manufacturer and exporter of professional breath alcohol testers for use by law enforcement, corrections, schools, and the workplace, has announced that it’s board of directors has named G. ‘Ravi’ Ravishankar as the company’s new president, effective February 1, 2015. Ravishankar joined Lifeloc in December 2011 as vice president of New Ventures and Acquisitions.

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Mass transit security: DC riders still at risk

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Hundreds of people died in terrorist attacks on foreign mass transit systems over the past twenty years. To prevent similar attacks in the United States, Congress mandated new measures in 2007 that include security plans, vulnerability assessments, and training. Shockingly, Washington, DC residents learned this week that vital security measures have not been implemented and the public remains at risk when using the metro system.

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