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Walking the Talk

April 11, 2007 Interoperability among first responders is a state of mind. That is, the ability of emergency incident commanders to talk to their counterparts in other jurisdictions and disciplines is not simply a matter of buying new equipment. According to a December 2006 Homeland Security Department survey, technology is where the nation...

Walking the Talk

April 1, 2007 Getting first responders on the same wavelength requires more than just new technology. Interoperability among first responders is a state of mind. That is, the ability of emergency incident commanders to talk to their counterparts in other jurisdictions and disciplines is not simply a matter of buying new equipment. According...

Panel may hold hearings on emergency wireless project

March 29, 2007 A House Homeland Security subcommittee is considering hearings to probe the handling of a project to create an interoperable wireless communications network for police and first responders, congressional sources said this week. The Subcommittee on Management, Oversight and Investigations has yet to set dates for any hearings, multiple sources said,...

NTEU to represent 1,400 federal airport screeners

March 27, 2007 The National Treasury Employees Union on Tuesday announced that it would establish a chapter to represent more than 1,400 Transportation Security Administration employees at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Union officials billed the move as the first step toward full collective bargaining with TSA, which Democratic lawmakers...

Lack of detention space hinders efforts to track fugitive immigrants

March 26, 2007 A shortage of space to hold illegal immigrants is hampering the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency's efforts to capture fugitives, according to a report released Monday by the Homeland Security Department inspector general. The report cited ICE Detention and Removal Office officers who said the agency is experiencing a "lack...

CBP prepares to expand expedited import tracking

March 23, 2007 The Customs and Border Protection agency is pushing forward with a program aimed at expediting the flow of imports into the United States from trusted nations and corporate entities overseas. CBP on Friday published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that would make permanent the Remote Location Filing system,...

DHS privacy czar seeks additional investigators

March 22, 2007 The Homeland Security Department's Privacy Office needs to hire additional investigators to conduct assessments of government information networks, its chief told lawmakers Wednesday. Hugo Teufel told members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security that a budget increase is necessary to add employees, but he did not specify the...

DHS still faces hurdles tracking visitor exits by land

March 20, 2007 The Homeland Security Department faces major challenges tracking whether foreign visitors leave the United States, witnesses told members of the House Homeland Security Committee at a hearing Tuesday. The difficulties are particularly acute for visitors departing through land exits, said Richard Stana, director of homeland security issues at the Government...

Senate bill would transfer agriculture inspectors out of DHS

March 19, 2007 A bill recently introduced in the Senate would transfer agriculture inspection duties from the Homeland Security Department to the Agriculture Department, where they originally resided. The legislation, sponsored by Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., would shift the duties for inspections at all U.S. entry points from DHS'...

Whistleblower legislation faces veto threat

March 16, 2007 The Democratically-led Congress may be headed for a showdown with the White House over whistleblower protection legislation that easily passed in the House earlier this week. The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (H.R. 985) is directed at guarding federal employees at security and scientific agencies, as well as contractors. House members...

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