House committee to hold three hearings on counterterrorism

Michael McCaul

The House Homeland Security Committee scheduled three hearings for July 23-24 to discuss terrorist threats, terrorist travel and the emerging connections between criminals, terrorists and other foreign actors. The committee held the first hearing on Wednesday, which was called “The … Read More »

ChemImage Sensor Systems to develop CWA detector


Hyperspectral imaging company ChemImage Sensor Systems (CISS) announced on Monday that it was selected to develop a portable detection system for chemical warfare agents (CWAs) under the U.S. Army Next Generation Chemical Detector program. The work will be conducted under … Read More »

Study examines longterm benefit of rescue therapy

x-ray of ARDS patient

A recent study conducted by the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Wash., examined whether a long-term survival benefit develops for those receiving rescue therapies for severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The results, published in Critical Care Medicine, found that … Read More »

Sen. Durbin praises passage of defense appropriations bill

Dick Durbin

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) praised the bipartisan approval on Thursday of the Defense Appropriations Act by the Senate Appropriations Committee. Durbin, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, applauded the approval of the $549.3 billion spending bill for … Read More »

Tekmira anticipates resolution of TKM-Ebola Phase I clinical hold


Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corporation, a developer of RNA interference (RNAi) therapeutics, announced on Monday that it anticipates the resolution of a clinical hold on its Ebola therapeutic candidate by 2014′s fourth quarter. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration previously placed the … Read More »

FEMA, ARRL sign cooperative agreement


The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) announced on Friday a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in the area of disaster communication. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and ARRL President Craigie signed the agreement, which aims to … Read More »

FEMA seeks federal preparedness coordinator

Job Openings

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is looking to hire a federal preparedness coordinator. The position, which is located in Atlanta, Ga., has a salary range of $120,034 to $156,043 per year. If hired, the federal preparedness coordinator will manage large … Read More »

ChemImage Sensor Systems selected to develop portable chemical detector

chemimage sensor systems

ChemImage Sensor Systems (CISS), a subsidiary of ChemImage Corporation, announced on Monday that it was selected by the U.S. Army as one of the organizations to develop a portable chemical agent detection system. The U.S. Army Next Generation Chemical Detector … Read More »

PositiveID receives new order to continue testing of M-BAND


PositiveID Corporation, a biological detection and diagnostics solution developer, announced on Thursday that it received a new order from a large government contractor to continue the testing and evaluation of its biological agent detector. The new order will support the … Read More »

Deputy Secretary Higginbottom testifies on FY 2015 OCO budget request

Heather Higginbottom

Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Heather Higginbottom testified on Thursday before the House Committee on the Budget on the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) budget request for fiscal year 2015. Higginbottom said that the majority of $7.3 billion … Read More »

Near Southwest Preparedness Alliance seeks regional healthcare continuity specialist

Help Wanted

The Near Southwest Preparedness Alliance (NSPA) is looking to hire a fulltime regional healthcare continuity specialist in Virginia. If hired, the regional healthcare continuity specialist will develop, coordinate and facilitate regional healthcare training and exercises focusing on healthcare continuity of … Read More »

ECDC urges discussion on dual-use research


The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) advocated for open discussion last week on studies where potential pandemic threats are created as part of dual-use research. The call for a European forum on dual-use research came after a … Read More »

President Obama invites communities to participate in disaster resilience competition

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President Obama recently announced that communities that have experienced natural disasters will be eligible to compete for approximately $1 billion in funds to help them rebuild and increase their resilience to future disasters. The National Disaster Resilience Competition seeks to … Read More »

FDA releases more information on smallpox incident


A U.S. Food and Drug Administration update released on Wednesday provided more details on the finding of biological samples in a cold storage area on the National Institutes of Health campus earlier this month. A federal investigation into the incident … Read More »

FEMA releases 2014-2018 strategic plan


The Federal Emergency Management Agency released its strategic plan on Friday for 2014-2018. The plan, which was drafted with the support of hundreds of FEMA employees and external stakeholders, outlined FEMA’s objectives to provide support before, during and after disasters. … Read More »