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Trends in Latest TSA Customer Service Data Show Successes, Challenges

TSA collects a variety of customer service data, which reveal important trends in complaints and compliments that impact aviation and homeland security.

Federal Air Marshall Service Director Rod Allison Announces Retirement

Roderick Allison, the Director of the Federal Air Marshal Service, announced his intention to retire this summer after 33 years in federal service.

Homeland Security Strategic Communications Done Right

The Department of Homeland Security is not known for its effective strategic communications, but every so often, the Department gets it right.

Trump Tweets DHS Sec. Nielsen Could be Fired Next! Really?!

For Security Debrief’s 9th annual April Fools coverage, we’ve collected stories the rest of the media somehow missed…

TSA Complaint Data Reveals Airport Screening Trends

TSA is required to make its customer service information available to the public, and the data shows areas for improvement and emerging trends in aviation passenger and cargo screening.

TSA is Changing the Math on PreCheck…for the Worse

TSA is no longer measuring PreCheck adoption as a percentage of all travelers but rather as a percentage of a subset called “frequent travelers.” This is a worrisome shift.

Who Should Be the Next Deputies at DHS and TSA?

With the departures of DHS Deputy Secretary Elaine Duke and TSA Deputy Administrator Huban Gowadia, nominees are needed quickly who can bring the right skillsets and capture bipartisan congressional support for confirmation. This is no small order.

National Biosurveillance Integration Center – Cancel the Program or Call For an Overhaul?

By James M Wilson and Kimothy L. Smith
Concerns are growing over word that NBIC is being considered for programmatic cancellation by DHS’ newly formed Combatting Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate.

Virtual Kidnappings on the Rise – Law Enforcement Needs to Do More

Transnational organized criminal groups are using virtual kidnapping to extort money from Americans, and the U.S. law enforcement response seems to fall short.

Legal Hack-Back – A Colossally Bad Idea

By Mark Weatherford
The “Hack-Back” bill (H.R. 4036) effectively permits cyber retaliation, but as the cybersecurity community knows hacking back is a colossally bad idea.