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DHS, agencies involved in Super Bowl 50 Security



DHS, agencies involved in Super Bowl 50 Security
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson met with law enforcement officials and National Football League (NFL) security on February 3, to discuss the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) role in security operations during Super Bowl 50. According to Johnson, “Dozens of federal agencies and components, including multiple components of the Department… Read More

DoD to support HHS in Zika virus research



DoD to support HHS in Zika virus research
On January 27, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced that they have been asked to support the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in their efforts related to the Zika virus. Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said that the DoD experts have been asked to help gather other experts… Read More

Further collaboration needed to stem firearm trafficking



Further collaboration needed to stem firearm trafficking
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published a follow-up review on firearms trafficking from the U.S. to Mexico. GAO’s original firearms trafficking report was published in 2009. In their recent report, GAO examines the origin of firearms seized in Mexico that have been traced by the Department of Justice’s Bureau… Read More

Changes coming to InterAgency Journal



Changes coming to InterAgency Journal
As many readers of the InterAgency Journal noticed last November, the Simons Center recently conducted a survey of our readers. The survey was included in the Fall 2015 edition of the InterAgency Journal, and asked readers for their opinions on the Journal’s content and subject matter. The data gathered in… Read More

Johnson welcomes new members to HSAC



Johnson welcomes new members to HSAC
Last week, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson met with the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) where he spoke about various homeland security issues and announced the appointment of two new members to the HSAC. In his remarks, Johnson spoke about the future of the department as his time… Read More

Promotion of cybersecurity framework needed



Promotion of cybersecurity framework needed
In late 2015, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report reviewing aspects of the cybersecurity standards and procedures developed by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) to protect U.S. critical infrastructure. The report follows up on the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014, and determines the extent to… Read More

Report aims to prevent homegrown violent extremism



Report aims to prevent homegrown violent extremism
The Sanford School of Public Policy’s Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security at Duke University recently published a report on the U.S. strategy to prevent homegrown violent extremism through community policing. The report focuses on how policing agencies can work with Muslim Americans and other communities to enhance public… Read More

GAO follows up on National Drug Control Strategy



GAO follows up on National Drug Control Strategy
A December report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has shown that little progress has been made on the 2010 National Drug Control Strategy since GAO’s last review in 2013. The 2010 strategy laid out seven goals for reducing illicit drug use by 2015, however GAO reported in 2013 that the Office… Read More

New CTIIC leadership announced



New CTIIC leadership announced
Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper recently announced the leadership of the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC). CTTIC was created in February 2015. CTIIC’s new leadership team includes Director Tonya Ugoretz, Deputy Maurice Bland, and Research Director Thomas Donahue.  “I am confident this capable team will work seamlessly with… Read More