Category Archives: U.S. Policy

House committee launches anti-terror task force

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The House Committee on Homeland Security said on Wednesday that a task force has been established to address efforts by the government to prevent terror attacks. The bipartisan Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel is made up … Read More »

Napolitano calls for DHS funding bill

Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano, current president of the University of California and former secretary of Homeland Security,  released a statement on Thursday in which she urges Congress to pass a bill to fund the department. In the statement, she stresses the importance … Read More »

2014 PHEMCE strategy and implementation plan released

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the 2014 Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise (PHEMCE) Strategy and Implementation Plan on Tuesday. HHS officials say national health security is bolstered by development of medical countermeasures, specifically with regard … Read More »

Baldwin co-sponsors first-response readiness bill

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) said on Tuesday that she is co-sponsoring a bill to improve training and support for first-response personnel. She joins Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) in sponsoring the Railroad Emergency Serviced Preparedness, Operational Needs and Safety Evaluation … Read More »

Homeland chief calls on Congress to OK funding

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Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson gave an address on Tuesday in which he stressed the importance of funding for his department and what the consequences would be if funding were not renewed by this Friday’s deadline. The department currently is … Read More »

DHS recounts Nuclear Forensics act successes

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Tuesday recounted the five-year anniversary of the passage of the Nuclear Forensics and Attribution Act as a part of the response and prevention of nuclear attacks. The bill was instrumental in the establishment … Read More »

State Department waives sanctions against 2 Chinese entities

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The U.S. State Department waived chemical and biological proliferation sanctions against Nanjing Chemical Industries Group, and Jiangsu Yongli Chemical Engineering and Technology Import/Export Company on Tuesday. Nanjing was sanctioned by the department in 1997 for contributing to the chemical weapons … Read More »

HHS to fund Ebola preparedness efforts

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The Department of Health and Human Services Security (HHS) will invest $194.5 million in health care system preparedness and response to Ebola, and the development of a regional Ebola treatment strategy. HHS will offer the funds to states and other entities … Read More »

Crime Subcommittee to meet on ISIL and domestic threats of terrorism

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI)

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee announced on Thursday that its Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Islamic State and domestic threats of terror. The hearing is to discuss the potential influence … Read More »

Obama: United States will prevail in the face of violent extremism

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While delivering a speech at the recent summit on countering violent extremism, President Barack Obama said that the United States has a history of withstanding violent attacks and is prepared to continue to do so. Obama delivered the closing remarks … Read More »

Department of Homeland Security to make statement at White House Summit

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Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, will participate in the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, along with other senior department members, will join Johnson at the summit, said … Read More »

FEMA seeks deputy regional administrators for multiple offices

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency is currently seeking deputy regional administrators at eight offices, according to a job posting at the USA Jobs website. Offices with vacancies are Seattle; Denver; Chicago; Philadelphia; Boston; New York City; Oakland, Calif.; and Kansas … Read More »

USAID honors 12 Ebola-fighting ideas in global contest

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The U.S. Agency for International Development said on Wednesday that it has chosen to honor 12 ideas in its “Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development” program, which sought ideas worldwide to improve measures being taken in West Africa and … Read More »

Johnson: Border security compromised without DHS appropriations bill

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Tuesday urged Congress to pass an appropriations bill for the department for fiscal year 2015. Johnson said the funding should come “unburdened by politically charged amendments that attempt to defund our … Read More »

U.S. State Department official stresses worldwide nuclear safety

C.S. Eliot Kang, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation

Ensuring all nuclear installations around the world are safe is a top priority for the United States, a State Department deputy assistant secretary told the International Atomic Energy Agency on Monday. C.S. Eliot Kang, from the department’s Bureau of International … Read More »