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Zack Phillips

Defense

DHS office seeks to coordinate anti-bomb efforts

The Office of Bombing Prevention doesn’t cut red and green wires, but it tries to cut red tape for those who do.

Defense

Video: A Feel For Numbers

A video report on the uses -- and abuses -- of data in the fight against terrorism.

Defense

Homeland Security issues contract for presidential transition planning help

Nonprofit group will organize a bipartisan advisory panel and develop a plan to prepare for the next administration.

News

Watchdog finds DHS division improperly transferred funds

Directorate failed to meet the legal requirements for pooling funds from multiple appropriations accounts, GAO says.

Defense

Economist warns against vague statements on security threats

Officials should make sure any information they provide is backed by data analysis, rather than gut feelings, researcher says.

Defense

Lawmakers concerned over slow pace of anthrax vaccine acquisition

Health and Human Services spokesman says department plans to issue a request for proposals by the end of the year.

Defense

Watchdog finds gaps in DHS visitor tracking program

Officials at risk of repeating past failures unless they develop a more detailed plan for new, biometric-based system to record exits by air.

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FEMA looks to private sector for disaster provisions

New third-party system will be the primary focus of the agency’s logistics operation in fiscal 2008, official says.

Management

Spiraling Into Control

An intriguing DHS program fills safety gaps fast with low-cost technology.

Defense

Concern mounts about latest effort to control U.S. borders

Critics worry project will become one more in a long line of DHS big-ticket programs to end up over cost, behind schedule and, in some cases, with ineffective results.

Defense

DHS preparedness chief resigns amid reorganization

FEMA is taking over grant programs, disaster assistance and operations, and other activities in the soon-to-be-gone preparedness directorate.

Management

Geographic Cure

The emergency medical system returns home, hopefully to better health.

Defense

Emergency preparedness exercises remain an imperfect science

The government runs scores of drills each year, but critics say responses to real-life events often show the tests weren’t adequate.

Management

Moving Target

Cost and maintenance questions linger for airliner missile defense.

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Buying Tech Performance

For TSA, it’s a tough climb to contract results.

Defense

Continuing flaws in anthrax programs cited

GAO says formal plan for testing, sample collection needed; schedule for contract to develop vaccine is too stringent.

Defense

DHS to check port workers against terrorist watch lists

Agency also says rules for Transportation Worker Identification Credential will be published soon.

Defense

DHS to look at alternatives to defend jets from missiles

So far program has been aimed at adapting military technology, but a new solicitation indicates DHS is expanding its options.