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Site Map - Homeland Security

Animal ID Fights Agroterrorism

- A private-sector database could serve as a repository for a U.S. Animal ID system.

Worldwide Terrorism by Tactic

- Quarterly Target, Region, and Tactic data on terrorist incidents from the MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base

State Perspective - Pennsylvania

- Interview with James F. Powers, Pennsylvania’s director of Homeland Security

Fusion Centers Should Work with ISACs

- A lack of appreciation has led state intelligence fusion centers to ignore private sector owner-operators of critical infrastructure.

Odd Carry-ons or Probing Attack?

- Experts differ on whether suspicious carry-ons were a terrorist trial run, but they are encouraged that scanners caught the objects.

Passenger Planes

- A proposed rule requiring passenger screening for private aircraft entering or leaving the United States, has been issued by the Department of Homeland Security.

Flight Crew Training

- The actions TSA has taken to develop guidance and standards for flight and cabin crew security training and to measure the effectiveness of such mandatory training are reviewed in a GAO report.

Number

- 44 The number of supplemental grants given to fire departments around the country by the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The supplemental funding makes nearly $4 million available to help local fire departments and emergency medical services programs pay for training programs, safety equipment, and response vehicles.

Homeland Security Contracts

- Homeland Security Contracts awarded.

The Islamic Extremism Evaluated

- The rise of Islamic extremism is examined in a new  GAO report

Efforts to Tighten Borders Continue

- Specially trained border patrol officers have long been authorized to issue removal orders so that illegal immigrants not seeking asylum get deported without a hearing. Called “expedited removal,” the authority previously applied in only three U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol Sectors across the southwest border. It has now been expanded to nine.

Reporting of Potential Health Problems Examined

- Are the systems that public health agencies have in place to receive and handle reports of suspicious diseases adequate? In an effort to answer that question, the RAND Corporation polled 19 of the 2,800 public health agencies around the United States. The study found inconsistencies in reporting methods that showed a need for national standards. The study also found that staff training needed to be enhanced.

No Consensus on FEMA Focus

- Experts disagree on merits of FEMA preparedness function.
 




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