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News You Can Use: 07/22/16



News You Can Use: 07/22/16
National Security ‘Secure’ Texas Border Still Elusive Year Into $800M Mission, Associated Press America’s Nukes Aren’t Safe in Turkey Anymore, Foreign Policy Hillary Clinton Is Said to Seek National Security Experience for Vice Presidential Pick, The New York Times Pentagon Wants to Automate Social-Media Checks on Clearance Holders, Defense One… Read More

Treasury discusses cybersecurity in banking



Treasury discusses cybersecurity in banking
On Tuesday, members of the  Financial and Banking Information Infrastructure Committee (FBIIC) met to discuss cybersecurity policy issues in the financial sector. The FBIIC is made up of 18 federal and state financial regulatory organizations, and is chaired by the Treasury Department. The FBIIC meets regularly to coordinate cybersecurity strategy… Read More

News You Can Use: 07/20/16



News You Can Use: 07/20/16
National Security US government looks to private sector for Zika tools, DevEx Impact France needs its own National Counterterrorism Center, Brookings Defense Intelligence Agency is Scoping Out Social Media Background Checkers, Nextgov GOP convention starts with a focus on national security, Benghazi, Military Times Cybersecurity Army Cyber Command hits key… Read More

Public and private sector discuss Zika



Public and private sector discuss Zika
On July 13, the State Department hosted a public-private sector roundtable discussion on the Zika virus. Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Heather Higginbottom and Deputy Homeland Security Adviser Amy Pope opened the discussion. Higginbottom and Pope both spoke on the “growing public health emergency” that is already… Read More

GAO reports on human trafficking



GAO reports on human trafficking
In June, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report assessing federal agencies’ efforts to combat human trafficking. The report, GAO-16-555, focuses on the prevalence of human trafficking, victim issues, and avoiding grant duplication. Many U.S. federal agencies lead efforts to address human trafficking. The Departments of Justice and Homeland… Read More

State encourages cooperative effort to combat Zika



State encourages cooperative effort to combat Zika
The State Department has announced that they will host a series of working discussions to encourage private-public partnerships to combat the Zika virus on July 13. The event will bring together over 100 participants from the government and the private sector, and will be lead by senior representatives from the… Read More

Administration releases cybersecurity workforce strategy



Administration releases cybersecurity workforce strategy
Today the Obama Administration announced a new strategy to help agencies build the cybersecurity workforce. The Cybersecurity Workforce Strategy is designed to “grow the pipeline of highly skilled cybersecurity talent entering federal service” and to retain and invest in that talent. In a blog post announcing the Cybersecurity Workforce Strategy,… Read More

GAO reports on progress in CBRN response



GAO reports on progress in CBRN response
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report assessing the Department of Defense’s (DoD) progress incorporating the Homeland Response Force into the chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) response enterprise. DoD is expected to play a prominent role in supporting civil authorities in a CBRN incident, and the Homeland… Read More

State publishes 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report



State publishes 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report
On June 30, Secretary of State John Kerry announced the release of the State Department’s 2016 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. The report focuses on strategies to prevent human trafficking around the globe, analyzing governments’ prosecution, protection, and prevention efforts. The 2016 report also builds on previous reports, featuring ways… Read More