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Lawmakers, State Officials Say FEMA's Homeland Security Grant Evaluation Tool Flawed

- Lawmakers and state officials today criticized an initiative that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) created to measure the return on investment from homeland security grants provided to states for preparedness.

Congress Boosts DHS Funding 6.6 Percent for 2010; Targets Cybersecurity

- Spending bill headed to President Obama's desk would ban transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to U.S. soil and places conditions on construction of a new bio/agro defense facility planned in the heartland.

A Peek Inside the U.S. Government's Transportation Security Lab

- At New Jersey's Transportation Security Laboratory, government scientists test cutting-edge screening technology and brainstorm ways to fool current devices.

Panel Says Terror Alert System Works Better for Institutions Rather than Public

- Institutions, including the private sector, are much better served by the color-coded terror-alert system created after the 9-11 attacks than the public, a bipartisan task force created to reevaluate the system reported yesterday.

Chertoff: Threat Level System May Be Too Ingrained to Change

- Current DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano has consulted both Chertoff and his predecessor, Tom Ridge, in a reassessment of the agency's five-level, color-coded alert system.

U.S. and Mexico Sign Agreement to Build Public Security Communications Network

- The United States government announced a bilateral agreement with Mexico today that will create a public security communications network to bolster border security between the two countries.

States Praise DHS's New Management, Engagement

- State officials say that DHS headquarters is listening to their needs under the new Obama administration.

DHS: No Probable Cause Standard for Border Laptop Searches

- New directives follow FOIA suit by the ACLU; Muslim, Arab and South Asians complain their devices are disproportionately subject to search at the border.

Obama's Counterterrorism Efforts Aggresive, Nuanced, Advisor Says

- John Brennan, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, says the administration is aggressively pursuing terrorists with an emphasis on diplomacy and civil liberties that eluded its predecessor.

Fights Over Gitmo Detainees Renewed

- The Obama administration's new plan to relocate Guantanamo detainees within the United States has caused a motley chorus of voices to rise up in opposition and support.

Whistleblowers Optimistic About Treatment Under Obama

- Whistleblowers and their advocates are optimistic that the Obama administration will more vigorously protect other government employees that divulge government misconduct in the public interest, reports ABC News.

Cybersecurity Review Leader Resigns

- Melissa Hathaway, who led the Obama administration's 60-day cybersecurity review, has resigned her post as the administration's senior aide on cybersecurity, The Washington Post reports.

DHS Continues Its PR Makeover

- The Department of Homeland Security yesterday relaunched its Web site and unveiled its new YouTube channel to harness the power of social media.
 




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