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DHS designates foreign countries eligible for H-2A and H-2B visa programs

DHS has published its annual list of countries whose nationals may petition to enter the U.S. under H-2A and H-2B nonimmigrant status, in effect becoming legal guest workers.

Under DHS regulations, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may only approve petitions for H-2A and H-2B nonimmigrant status for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security, with the concurrence of the Secretary of State, has designated.

To designate a country, DHS and DoS consider, among other factors, the following: “(1) The country's cooperation with respect to issuance of travel documents for citizens, subjects, nationals and residents of that country who are subject to a final order of removal; (2) the number of final and unexecuted orders of removal against citizens, subjects, nationals and residents of that country; (3) the number of orders of removal executed against citizens, subjects, nationals and residents of that country.”

This year’s list, announced on January 19, identifies 39 countries. That’s up from 28 countries in 2008.

New on this year’s list are Croatia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ireland, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Serbia, Slovakia and Uruguay.

The full list includes Argentina, Australia, Belize, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, Moldova, The Netherlands, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay.

General Dynamics opens new data center for USCIS

General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of Falls Church, VA-based General Dynamics, has opened a new enterprise data center in Westminster, CO, to serve as the technology operations and maintenance infrastructure support (TOMIS) program's IT operations center.


The center will operate on behalf of DHS' U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). General Dynamics was awarded the TOMIS program contract in 2007.


General Dynamics reports that this new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified operations center will meet the need for centralized, around-the-clock nationwide information technology (IT) enterprise service support with network and security monitoring.


Furthermore, the facility will employ approximately 100 skilled IT workers when fully staffed, including service desk agents, IT security specialists, network engineers, systems engineers and system administrators for DHS as well as other GD clients.


The Westminster facility is General Dynamics Information Technology's first dedicated data center. The company notes that it built the facility from the ground up, from selecting the building to designing the layout to outfitting the operations center. The facility has room for expansion to accommodate any future programs that may require round-the-clock IT support and maintenance, GDIT adds.

Grant available for 2010 survey of campus law enforcement agencies

What kind of a job are campus law enforcement agencies doing to keep your college-age kids’ schools safe?


If you represent a non-profit, a faith-based or community organization, an institution of higher learning, a consortium with demonstrated organization and community-based experience working with American Indian and Alaska Native communities, including tribal for-profit or nonprofit organizations, tribal colleges and universities, and tribal consortia; or even if you represent a for-profit, commercial organization that is willing to forego making money or charging a management fee for one seemingly worthy project, then you should consider applying for this newly available Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) grant.

 

The BJS is seeking proposals for assistance in reviewing a preliminary design and for a data collection agent to field the 2010 BJS Survey of Campus Law Enforcement Agencies.

According to the BJS, the goal of this program is to generate accurate and reliable national statistics about the police and security agencies serving college and university campuses in the U.S. The survey will be conducted during calendar year 2010 and will collect information on the personnel, functions, budgets, policies, and programs of campus police and security agencies covering the 2009-2010 school year.

A single grant will be awarded. The funding opportunity number for that grant is 2010-BJS-2476. The closing date for applications is March 31, 2010. The award amount is not yet specified.

For additional information, contact Lisa Price-Grear, program analyst, at 202-616-3561.

Former NSA deputy director joins Proximex advisory board

William Crowell

Sunnyvale, CA-based Proximex, the developer of products for the physical security information management (PSIM) market, has announced that William Crowell, a security consultant and a former Silicon Valley CEO and NSA deputy director, has joined the company’s advisory board.louis vuitton speedy handbags
 
“The area of convergence has intrigued me since the late ‘90s when Cylink brought to market integrated products that combined physical and logical security functions,” Crowell said in statement. “In Proximex, I see the strong and necessary core engine for producing, collecting and correlating elements for physical security management to integrate with an organization’s business processes and policies. Because of the company’s strong and innovative IT heritage, I believe Proximex delivers the most innovative and comprehensive solutions that address the needs of the converging markets.”
 
Crowell has more than 30 years of experience in both the federal government and private sector, according to Proximex, and he has held a series of senior positions for the National Security Agency, culminating with his appointment as deputy director from 1994 until 1997. From 1998 to 2003, Crowell served as president and CEO of Cylink Corp., a provider of e-business security solutions, until its acquisition by SafeNet, Inc. He was also director and chairman of Broadware Technologies, a video software company, until its acquisition by Cisco in June 2007 and served on the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age, a group that published three studies on homeland security and information sharing.

CNL and Pelco form technology partnership

CNL, a developer of physical security information management (PSIM) software, and Pelco, Inc. by Schneider Electric, a designer and developer of next-generation video and security systems, have formed a technology partnership.


Specifically, CNL is joining the Pelco Partner First program.

CNL notes that it recently integrated several key Pelco video products into its PSIM platform, IPSecurityCenter. Under this partnership, CNL will be integrating with other Pelco products.


CNL also notes that the two companies will allow further sharing of SDKs [i.e., software development kits], DDKs [i.e., driver development kits] and APIs [i.e., applications programming interfaces], creating greater integration possibilities between them.

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CNL also observes that the two companies have a shared view of distributed intelligence for physical security, a move away from proprietary technology, which has long been a limiting factor in truly collaborative physical security operations.

HID Global extends iCLASS for Dutch Rijkspas program

Irvine, CA-based HID Global, the secure identity specialist, reports the launch of its Rijkspas-compliant ICLASS smart card reader, designed for Dutch government agencies adopting MIFARE DESFire EV1 smart card technology.


The reader features DESFire EV1 technology and advanced encryption standard (AES) to protect data transfer between the credential and reader, as required by the Rijkspas specification.


The reader enables government entities to utilize their existing card population while migrating to the new Dutch Rijkspas, HID Global notes.louis vuitton sale


"The extension of our iCLASS reader architecture further demonstrates the company’s ongoing commitment to meeting government standards, programs and initiatives worldwide,” Brad Jarvis, vice president, product marketing, HID Global, said in a statement.

Rep. Wolf suggests ‘bipartisan’ 10-year term for TSA administrators

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA)

 

Even as President Obama’s nomination of Erroll Southers as the new TSA Administrator remains hung up in the Senate, Rep. Frank Wolf, Republican of Virginia, has introduced legislation that would give any future TSA Administrator a 10-year term in an effort to “assure agency professionalism over political fidelity.”

Wolf’s measure, H.R. 4459, would attempt to address the rapid turnover in TSA administrators which has occurred since TSA was created, with six different administrators filling the post during the past nine years, for an average term of just 1.5 years.

“This is hardly the stable and committed leadership that the agency should have, given its critical role in ensuring the safety of our citizens and aviation infrastructure,” said Wolf, in a speech on the House floor on January 13. “It simply does not make sense for the position to change hands with each new administration or even sooner.”

Rep. Wolf, who serves as ranking Republican on the House Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds key counterterrorism programs in the FBI and in other agencies, said the TSA appointment process should be “akin to the appointment process for the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”nike free runner 50

He said it is essential that TSA be “independent of political influence” so it can focus on its core mission: protecting the nation’s transportation systems.

The nomination of Erroll Southers, a former FBI agent and counterterrorism specialist, has been held up by Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), who reportedly is concerned that as the new administrator at TSA, Southers might allow the agency’s employees to unionize. Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has announced he will soon force a Senate vote on the Southers nomination.

Wolf has sent a letter to President Obama urging greater bipartisanship in the development of national security and homeland security policies.

“Sadly, not only has partisanship infused the rhetoric surrounding national security discussions, it has actually obstructed the critical role of congressional oversight,” wrote Wolf.

In the same letter, dated January 12, Rep. Wolf urged Obama to call the two co-chairmen of the 9/11 Commission, Lee Hamilton and Thomas Kean, back into service for six months, during which time they could evaluate the nation’s progress in implementing the 9/11 Commission’s laundry list of security recommendations.

In addition, Wolf urged Obama to create a “Team B” group of outside experts (he suggested nearly a dozen individuals) who could provide an independent and separate review of the 9/11 Commission’s follow-up.

“I urge my colleagues in the House to support bringing back the 9/11 team, Kean and Hamilton, for 6 months, create a Team B to consider innovative solutions to disrupt and defeat al Qaeda, and to make the TSA administrator position independent and nonpartisan, that will go for a long term, similar to what we currently do with regards to the FBI,” said Wolff.nike outlet mall

 

AES joins with Siemens Government Services to protect Army installations

Peabody, MA-based AES International Corp. reported that it will become a subcontractor under Reston, VA-based Siemens Government Services, Inc., to assist with the maintenance of access control point (ACP) equipment at U.S. Army installations, both in the U.S. and abroad.
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As its part of what it calls a "yearly multimillion dollar project,” AES says it will provide preventative and corrective maintenance on GE Homeland Security products that detect traces of either explosives or narcotics.
 
"With decades of experience in the security marketplace, AES's expertise aligns well with that of SGS, and enables us to increase our footprint in large geographic areas around the world," Gordon Phelps, SGS' ACP program manager, said in a statement. "Both companies' skill sets are complementary, offering our customer a proven track record of delivering state-of-the-art security solutions, outstanding customer service, and the peace of mind to know we understand their mission and pride ourselves on exceeding their security expectations."
 
AES also notes that Aaron Tesnow, its director of business development, has worked with Siemens on a variety of projects for more than three years. "We are a small woman-owned business committed to providing an unsurpassed level of excellence in support of partners such as Siemens, the U.S. Government and the Army Corp of Engineers and this award is further evidence of that commitment," Tesnow said in the company’s statement.air max 95 black

IDenta says explosives ID kits identify underwear bomber’s PETN

Add Jerusalem-based Identa Corp. to the handful of companies that issued statements in the wake of the failed Christmas day attack on Flight 253, saying they have technology that can detect PETN, the powerful explosive that could have brought the plane down over Detroit.


Said Identa CEO Yaacov Shoham: "IDenta Alert Explosive Identification kits could have easily and accurately helped to identify the suspected substance, especially since, according to the news, the explosive was PETN, one of the standard and well-known explosives (already used in the past by terrorists). IDenta has IDenta Alert Explosive Identifiers available to identify all of the substances already known to be explosives. The IDenta test is an instant test, inexpensive, very reliable, safe, easy to use etc."

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PETN, according to Identa, is significantly stronger than TNT, with 0.60 kg of PETN equivalent to one kg of TNT.


French airports in France are “in the beginning stages” of employing IDenta Alert Explosive Identifiers, according to the company, and are the first to do so.


In addition, two entities that Identa identified only as “two large International companies” that manufacture electronic devices to detect explosives at airports “have inquired about and received information and samples of IDenta Alert Explosive Identifiers kits.”
Furthermore, says Identa, its kits also are being tested by the U.S. Department of Defense.


Identa also expressed its forward-looking belief that another unnamed U.S. agency would soon sign an agreement for an initial order of 100,000 kits.

Southwest Microwave announces 2010 Intelligent Perimeter Solutions seminars

Southwest Microwave, Inc., a manufacturer of electronic perimeter intrusion detection systems, has announced a 2010 series of free seminars in cities in the U.S. and Canada during the next eight months.

According to the company, moderators at the seminars will offer valuable techniques for protecting a site from intrusion, theft, sabotage or harm to assets, infrastructure and personnel. The seminars will also review application-specific detection solutions, system design considerations, CCTV assessment criteria and performance measures to achieve the highest probability of detection, without nuisance alarms.bags louis vuitton

The sessions will also include live demonstrations of smart-sensor technologies that combine state-of-the-art performance with universal communications protocol, configuration interface and monitoring options. Participants will learn how to cost-effectively deploy any combination of fence, buried cable or microwave sensors on a unified network platform to seamlessly protect each portion of the perimeter with an optimal solution for that location, says Southwest Microwave.

Registration information for the 2010 Seminars listed below is available here:

www.southwestmicrowave.com/seminars

The dates and locations of the scheduled seminars are as follows:

February 9 – Washington, DC
February 9 – Fullerton, CA
February 11 – Baltimore, MD
February 11 – San Diego, Ca
February 25 – Oakland, CA
March 2 – Houston, TX
March 4 – Baton Rouge, La
March 16 – Dallas, TX
March 16 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
March 16 – Edmonton, AB
March 18 – Calgary, AB
April 6 – Overland Park, KS
April 8 – St. Louis, MO
April 15 – Philadelphia, PA
April 20 – Chicago, IL
April 22 – Cleveland, OH
May 11 – Atlanta, GA
May 11 – Huntsville, AL
May 20 – Boston, MA
May 25 – Portland, OR
May 27 – Seattle, WA
June 1 – Vancouver, BC
June 15 – Phoenix, AZ
June 17 – Las Vegas, NV
August 25 – Honolulu, HI
September 14 – Montreal, QC
September 16 – Ottawa, ON
September 21 – Toronto, ON


Seminars begin at
9:00 AM and are free of charge. A continental breakfast will be provided. Space is limited and reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. An e-mail will be sent confirming your registration and providing seminar location details for the event selected, says Southwest Microwave.

 

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