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Interagency Counterterrorism Task Force bill moves on to Senate



Interagency Counterterrorism Task Force bill moves on to Senate
The House of Representatives reviewed, debated, and passed the DHS Interagency Task Force Act of 2017 on January 9. The bill, which would authorize the participation in overseas interagency counterterrorism task forces of personnel of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), was originally introduced to the committee by Representative John… Read More

Interagency task force bill clears committee



Interagency task force bill clears committee
The House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee reviewed the DHS Interagency Task Force Act of 2017 on December 13. The bill was introduced to the committee by Representative John Rutherford (R-FL) on December 5. The committee unanimously agreed to the bill, which authorizes the participation of Department of Homeland Security… Read More

DHS cyber bill approved by House



DHS cyber bill approved by House
Earlier this week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3359, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2017. The bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002, and creates a cybersecurity agency at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The bill streamlines the National Protection and Programs Directorate, re-designating… Read More

Interagency Counterterrorism Task Force Act introduced



Interagency Counterterrorism Task Force Act introduced
On December 5, Representative John Rutherford (R-FL) introduced to the House Homeland Security Committee a bill to authorize the participation in overseas interagency counterterrorism task forces of personnel of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The DHS Interagency Counterterrorism Task Force Act of 2017 amends Section 102 of the Homeland… Read More

DHS looks to prevent terrorist entry



DHS looks to prevent terrorist entry
Last week, officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) testified in a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing on preventing terrorist entry to the U.S. The Committee hearing focused on the new Task Force on Denying Terrorists Entry to the United States, which was established earlier this year. The… Read More

House passes Intelligence Authorization Act



House passes Intelligence Authorization Act
On May 3, the House of Representatives passed the Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) for Fiscal Year 2017. The bill ensures that the programs and activities of the U.S. intelligence community are authorized by law, fully resourced, and subject to rigorous congressional oversight. The IAA provides urgent funds and authorities to… Read More

New law creates interagency safety group



New law creates interagency safety group
The House of Representatives and the Senate recently passed the RESPONSE Act of 2016, in an effort “to enhance emergency responder training for incidents involving hazardous-materials rail transportation.” The bill passed the House on November 29, and the Senate on December 10, before being signed into law by President Obama… Read More

House releases terrorism financing report



House releases terrorism financing report
Last week, the House Financial Services Committee’s Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing released a bipartisan report of its 12 month long probe into the threat terror financing poses to the U.S. financial system. The task force’s report focuses on financial crimes that support terrorist acts or organizations. According to… Read More

House releases report on Benghazi attack



House releases report on Benghazi attack
The U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Benghazi has released their proposed report on 2012 terrorist attack that killed four Americans. The report includes “many new revelations” and is critical of the Obama administration’s response. The report details relevant events in 2011 and 2012 that led up to the… Read More

House to host hearing on Zika response



House to host hearing on Zika response
On February 24 the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will host a hearing on the coordination of a multi-agency response to the Zika virus. The hearing will examine the coordinated federal response to the spread of the Zika virus both within the U.S. and internationally. It… Read More