Cyber Legislation Coming Soon to the Senate Floor

From The National Law Review: It appears that the Senate may celebrate the fact that October has been designated as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month by finally considering the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA/S. 754) on the Senate floor. The timing for the bill’s consideration is dependent on when the Senate finishes its debate of the […]

Homeland Security Secretary Defends Secret Service Amid Reopened Probe

From The Wall Street Journal: The secretary of Homeland Security voiced confidence Monday in the man running the Secret Service, who is the focus of a newly reopened probe into the misuse of private information about a lawmaker who has criticized the agency. Secretary Jeh Johnson appeared with Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy to praise […]

Governor McAuliffe Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Hurricane Joaquin

From WRIC (Virginia ABC affiliate): With heavy rains expected Thursday and Friday and the threat of Hurricane Joaquin arriving this weekend, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency. The Executive Order, which operates retroactively to Tuesday, September 29, allows Virginia state and local emergency responders to begin to prepare for the effects […]

AQAP Commander Urges Muslims To Support Jihad In Palestine

From HSToday: Khaled Batarfi, the senior commander of one of Al Qaeda’s most dangerous franchises, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), called on Muslims and jihadi groups to support the mujahideen in Palestine and making attacking the US a “top priority” in a video statement released Tuesday by Al Malahem, AQAP’s media arm.

Homeland Security Ranks Dead Last in Morale – Again

From The Washington Post: DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson engaged in the latest round of rallying the troops on Monday after the 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey again showed the department at the bottom of the pack. DHS ranked last among large agencies with a 53 percent “employee engagement” score and a 47 percent in “global […]

U.S. Doing Too Little to Stop Foreign Fighters

From NBC News: The federal government lacks a cohesive strategy for stopping Americans who seek to travel to Syria to join ISIS, according to a House Homeland Security report released Monday. Roughly 250 Americans have either tried to go or succeeded in getting to Syria to engage in violent jihad, the report said. But the […]

Senators Press Homeland Security on Cell Tracking

From The Hill: It’s been weeks since the Department of Justice announced that it was overhauling its rules for devices that simulate cell towers to prevent them from being used without a warrant. Now, congressional critics have a new target in their sights: the Department of Homeland Security. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and […]

TSA’s ‘Aiport of the Future’ Includes More Biometrics and ‘Intelligence-Driven’ Procedures

From NextGov: This week, the Transportation Security Administration released its ambitious strategy to create what the agency describes as the “airport of the future.” Posted Sept. 2 on FedBizOpps, the 45-page “Strategic Five-Year Technology Investment Plan for Aviation Security” lays the groundwork “for future innovation and meets the immediate technology demands of specific mission needs.”

These Numbers are the First Sign of the Big Shift in Immigration Priorities

From The Washington Post: The Department of Homeland Security’s use of a controversial tool to deport illegal immigrants fell 30 percent in recent months, continuing a longer-term decline dating back several years, a new report says. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in April lodged 30 percent fewer requests with local police departments to hold immigrants […]

Americans’ Concern About Islamic Fundamentalism At Highest Level Since 2002

From HSToday: Perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that the percentage of Americans who perceive a threat from Islamic fundamentalism is at its highest level since 2002, according to new survey data from The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.