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National Preparedness Month begins



National Preparedness Month begins
This week marked the beginning of National Preparedness Month, and U.S. government agencies are encouraging their personnel and all other Americans to be prepared at all times to respond quickly to disasters and emergencies. According to Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, “Preparedness is the shared responsibility of our entire nation.”… Read More

FEMA reports on progress after Katrina



FEMA reports on progress after Katrina
This August marks the tenth anniversary of the catastrophic 2005 Atlantic hurricane season that devastated the gulf coast region. On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall, followed shortly by Hurricanes Rita and Wilma in September and October. Ten years into the recovery and rebuilding efforts, the Federal Emergency Management… Read More

NIST report advocates cybersecurity standardization



NIST report advocates cybersecurity standardization
On August 10, the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) released their draft Report on Strategic U.S. Government Engagement in International Standardization to Achieve U.S. Objectives for Cybersecurity. In 2014, NIST was tasked with collaborating with U.S. federal government agencies to ensure interagency coordination in “the development of international… Read More

DHS Secretary praises new NCCIC leadership



DHS Secretary praises new NCCIC leadership
Earlier this week, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced leadership changes at the Department’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC). The NCCIC is the U.S. government’s 24/7 hub for cybersecurity information sharing, incident response, and coordination, and has been without permanent leadership for nearly a year. Dr.… Read More

DHS, others fight against human trafficking



DHS, others fight against human trafficking
Recently, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Blue Campaign observed their fifth year fighting human trafficking in the U.S. The DHS Blue Campaign brings together DHS, law enforcement, government, non-governmental, and private organizations to assist trafficking victims and bring traffickers to justice. In a statement commemorating the Blue Campaign milestone,… Read More

GAO reviews State bureau collaboration



GAO reviews State bureau collaboration
In July the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report assessing interagency collaboration between the State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism and other government entities. GAO’s report evaluates progress made by the Bureau to counter violent extremism, build partner counterterrorism capacity, and improve coordination since it was elevated to bureau status in… Read More

NIST, agencies to host Cybersecurity Innovation Forum



NIST, agencies to host Cybersecurity Innovation Forum
In September the National Institute of Standards and Technology will host a three-day forum on cybersecurity innovation. The event will focus on trusted computing, security automation, cyber information sharing, and research. The 2015 Cybersecurity Innovation Forum was planned in coordination with the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of… Read More

State releases 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report



State releases 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report
This month the State Department released the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report. This is the 15th year the report has been published, and it is also the 15th anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. On July 27, Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah… Read More

Whole-of-government needed to counter ISIL



Whole-of-government needed to counter ISIL
Earlier this month, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, the Honorable Christine E. Wormuth spoke at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) on the need for whole-of-government collaboration to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). In her remarks, Wormuth stressed that combating ISIL is not… Read More

Agencies to improve transport of radioactive materials



Agencies to improve transport of radioactive materials
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued a notice regarding the finalization of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the NRC and the Departments of Homeland Security and Transportation. The interagency agreement defines the agencies’ efforts and responsibilities in the safe transportation of radioactive materials. The notice was published… Read More