10/26/2010 - A bill (S. 3243) designed to reduce corruption among border guards has been approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The Senate has not announced whether it will consider the bill.
Under the measure, all applicants for law enforcement positions with U.S. Customs and Border Protection would be required to pass a polygraph examination before being hired. All existing law enforcement personnel would undergo periodic background investigations while employed by the agency.
10/08/2010 - Federal background investigators' handling of personal data they collect needs better oversight. Immigration enforcement claims are challenged. AT&T reportedly told by government not to buy certain phone equipment from a Chinese company. And draft of anti-counterfeiting agreement no longer has most controversial provisions.
09/30/2010 - A Senate committee has unanimously passed legislation aimed at reforming the troubled Federal Protective Service, which is responsible for the security of 9,000 federal buildings around the country.
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09/20/2010 - Leadership of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at reforming the beleaguered Federal Protective Service, which is responsible for the security of roughly 9,000 federal sites nationwide.
09/13/2010 - Legislation set for introduction Tuesday would require the Federal Protective Service to evaluate federalizing its mismanaged 15,000-member contract guard force, according to the bill’s co-authors.
08/31/2010 - A bill (H.R. 4614) introduced by Rep. Harry Teague (D-NM) that would provide grants to states for DNA collection has been approved by the House of Representatives. The bill is now pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee.The bill would increase existing grant funds for states that have DNA collection programs.
07/28/2010 - Oklahoma’s governor has vetoed a bill (H.B. 2569) that would have prohibited the use of RFID technology in state drivers’ licenses or state identification cards. The bill would have outlawed RFID tags as well as “any type of RFID ink in any format or configuration.”
07/28/2010 - A bill (S. 3249) that would renew a grant program designed to help state and local governments prepare for disasters has been approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. To proceed, the measure must now be taken up by the full Senate.