Senate appropriators approve FY 2014 homeland security spending bill

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Sen. Mary Landrieu addresses the 2011 National Guard Family Program National Volunteer Workshop.

Senate appropriators approve FY 2014 homeland security spending bill
By Mickey McCarter

The Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday approved, in a 21-9 vote, a fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that would reduce spending at the department for the fourth year in a row — although DHS would get slightly more than requested by the White House.

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Bipartisan bill calls for TSA strategic technology plan

A TSA screener checks a passenger’s identification at security checkpoint.

A TSA screener checks a passenger’s identification at security checkpoint.

Bipartisan bill calls for TSA strategic technology plan
By Mickey McCarter

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) lacks multi-year strategic planning to guide its investments in technology, lawmakers charged Thursday.

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Commentary: A culture lost — Five ways federal air marshals changed after 9/11

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Commentary: A culture lost — Five ways federal air marshals changed after 9/11
By Clay Biles

Federal air marshals have been protecting US-flagged aircrafts for more than 50 years. Their position is intricately woven into the fabric of history, dating back to almost a century ago when the first aircraft was hijacked in Peru. Since that initial spark, a fire has raged in civil aviation security — a desire to tame the many criminal and terrorist threats threatening the entire aviation system.

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Senators weigh priority contracts for cybersecurity response

A P-3 Orion air drops a sealed capsule.
US Customs and Border Protection turned to DPA authority for upgrades to its P-3 Orion airplanes.

Senators weigh priority contracts for cybersecurity response
By Mickey McCarter

After Hurricane Sandy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) quickly acquired telephone interpreter services to support communications to disaster survivors requiring special services.

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White House calls for action on immigration reform ‘right away’

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Barack Obama meets with members of Congress to discuss immigration reform on June 25, 2009.

White House calls for action on immigration reform ‘right away’
By Mickey McCarter

President Barack Obama is actively engaged in efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform, and the White House has set no preferred deadline for passage of legislation in the House, preferring to let legislative deliberations set their own pace, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday.

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Lessons learned from medical response to Boston Marathon bombing

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Ambulances line Huntington Ave. in Boston after the bombing of the Boston Marathon.

Lessons learned from medical response to Boston Marathon bombing
By Mickey McCarter

First responders providing medical support at the Boston Marathon bombing site were “extremely successful,” concluded a lessons learned report from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Tuesday.

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DHS communications tops concerns for leading Democrat

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Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) delivers a speech on April 16, 2008.

DHS communications tops concerns for leading Democrat
By Mickey McCarter

The next secretary of homeland security must possess proven communications skills for discussing the issues confronting the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) both internally and externally, the ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee said in a letter to President Barack Obama Monday.

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