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Peter Boriskin, Director of Product Management for ASSA ABLOY'S Commerical Electronic Access Control Products, indicates that he would like to describe the features and benefits of the SARGENT SE...


Wed, 2014-03-12 11:20 PM

Rep. Kerry Bentivolio 

A bill introduced by Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI) to improve the security of government websites has been unanimously approved by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Tue, 2014-03-11 01:22 AM

R. Gil Kerlikowske 

R. Gil Kerlikowske has been sworn in as the new commissioner of Customs and Border Protection after he was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on March 6th.Kerlikowske most recently served as the...
Wed, 2014-03-05 08:56 AM
The U.S. government has filed a lawsuit against Sprint in the U.S. district court in San Francisco, saying the telecommunications company overcharged for wiretaps and other law enforcement efforts to...
Tue, 2014-03-04 12:08 AM
The DHS has finalized a rule meant to improve the detection and response to sexual abuse in its detainment facilities by increasing officer training and boosting oversight.
Wed, 2014-02-12 12:20 PM
The Government Technology & Services Coalition, of Oakton, VA, an organization for small and mid-sized companies in homeland and national security, has recognized numerous public and private...
Thu, 2014-02-06 08:34 PM
Sixteen percent of Americans want less strict gun laws, compared to five percent a year ago, according to a recent Gallup survey. Americans' dissatisfaction with U.S. gun laws and policies has...
Wed, 2014-02-05 08:35 PM
Several major Internet companies, for the first time, have revealed in broad terms the number of data requests they receive that have been approved by judges under the Foreign Intelligence...
Tue, 2014-02-04 06:36 PM

Michael Rogers 

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has nominated Navy Vice Admiral Michael Rogers as President Obama’s nominee to become director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and commander of U.S. Cyber...
Mon, 2014-02-03 11:12 PM

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

The U.S. Justice Department plans to seek the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who prosecutors have accused of bombing the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 200.“...
Sun, 2014-02-02 05:06 PM
Federal officials teamed with the National Football League (NFL) Thursday to announce the record-breaking results of a nationwide law enforcement effort aimed at combatting counterfeit sports...
Fri, 2014-01-31 05:28 PM

Rebecca Richards

The National Security Agency (NSA) has appointed Rebecca Richards as its first-ever civil liberties and privacy officer. Ms. Richards most recently worked as the senior director for privacy...
Fri, 2014-01-31 03:51 PM
Carl Ghattas was appointed Special Agent in Charge of the Counterterrorism Division at the Washington, D.C. Field Office by FBI Director James B. Comey. Prior to this appointment, he was the former...

Company News

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.

Penn State is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its online homeland security master’s degree program. In honor of the celebration, the university plans to update the program’s curriculum by working closely with the Homeland Security Advisory Council, which includes emergency management professionals and employees from the DHS, to develop new content. It currently has several new courses scheduled for upcoming semesters and it will also unveil an international program.

The DHS’s Science and Technology Directorate will use the Knowledge Management System (KMS) from Scottsdale, AZ-based EDGE Innovation Network to exchange information and discuss technical solutions to the department's capability gaps. The KMS is a technology portal provided by General Dynamics C4 Systems, also of Scottsdale, a leading technology partner with the EDGE Innovation Network.

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) has created a new documentary series entitled, “I Am AFGE.” The series will include 15 mini-documentary videos that will discuss the experiences of members of the AFGE that work in various positions. The goal of the campaign is to provide more awareness to the general public regarding the rewards and challenges that government employees encounter.

Raytheon’s Cyber Products Group has announced the release of SureView Version 6.7 to aid federal agencies in complying with President Barack Obama's memorandum in November aimed at implementing an insider threat detection program to address national security threats while protecting privacy rights.

Commentary and Opinions

The American Civil Liberties Union has applauded the DHS’s announcement that it has finalized its Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Standards for immigration detention facilities.

By Chuck Brooks

Public/private partnerships are critical to the success of government operations that provide essential services and benefits. Such partnerships can help agencies reduce costs, simplify operations, and are easily scalable at times of increased and decreased need. Whether motivated by a natural disaster, terrorism, or an interruption caused by legislative shortfall, successful public/private partnerships can provide business continuity and resilience.

The time has come to re-think embassy security. The Department of State recently called for a “more serious and sustained commitment from Congress” to address security deficiencies at high-risk posts around the world, in the wake of last year's attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the death of four people, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.   

The cost of healthcare in the U.S. continues to soar year after year. The problem is not a result of idleness or the lack of technology, but of not addressing the core problem of patient identity.

The 25 Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal Information Technology Management, spearheaded by Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel, has been underway for nearly three years. The goal of this initiative is to increase operational efficiency leading to improved taxpayer value. Reducing the number of federal data centers and shifting to a “Cloud-first” policy are among the major milestones. 


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According to Bobby Brown, VP for Homeland Security, Telephonics business units include a Maritime Surveillance unit, a Communications unit and an Integrated Surveillance Group, which produces a ground-based Advanced Radar System (ARSS), with 1,600 systems deployed globally.  In recent years, Telephonics has collaborated with Customs and Border Protection to develop a package called the Mobile Surveillance System (MSS) that includes ground radar, pan-tilt cameras and a C2 system, with 44 systems presently in CBP’s inventory.

Paul Mackler, President of Eagle Eye Expositions, expresses great satisfaction with exhibitor turn-out and quality of the sessions in the 2013 Expo. He gives a lot of credit for the event’s success to his Advisory Board, which included Jason P. Ahern and many other former high-ranking officials in CBP, DEA, ICE and other government agencies. Mackler also announces that the first annual U.S.- Canada Cross Border Conference will take place in Detroit, MI on September 12-13, to help advance the Beyond Border agreement signed by U.S.

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