Department of Homeland Security (DHS)


Task Force to reunify families releases progress report



Task Force to reunify families releases progress report
On June 2, the Interagency Task Force on the Reunification of Families released their initial progress report. The task force was established in February through Executive Order 14011 with the mission to to reunite children separated from their families at the United States-Mexico border. E.O. 14011 also directs the Task… Read More

Joint report on foreign election interference released



Joint report on foreign election interference released
On March 16, the Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security (DHS) released a report on the key findings and recommendations regarding foreign interference in the 2020 U.S. election. This report provides a declassified overview of a classified joint report from the Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security. Pursuant… Read More

Unclassified domestic violent extremism assessment released



Unclassified domestic violent extremism assessment released
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released an unclassified summary of the joint comprehensive threat assessment on domestic violent extremism (DVE) on March 17. According to the unclassified summary, the Intelligence Community “assesses that domestic… Read More

FEMA, HHS to address unaccompanied children at border



FEMA, HHS to address unaccompanied children at border
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Saturday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has joined a 90-day interagency effort to address the situation at the U.S. southwest border, where unaccompanied migrant children continue to arrive in record numbers. According to DHS, “Since April 2020, the number of encounters… Read More

DHS to transform whole-of-government approach to cybersecurity



DHS to transform whole-of-government approach to cybersecurity
In a February 22, press release, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas laid out plans to update the Department’s whole-of-government approach to cybersecurity under the Biden Administration. “Cybersecurity is more important than ever, and we will build on the Department’s excellent work as we transform our whole-of-government… Read More

Interagency Task Force formed to reunify families



Interagency Task Force formed to reunify families
On February 2, the Biden Administration released an Executive Order establishing an interagency task force on the reunification of families. The mission of the task force is to reunite children separated from their families at the United States-Mexico border. The task force will be chaired by the Secretary of Homeland… Read More

House HSC hears testimony on cyber threats



House HSC hears testimony on cyber threats
The House Homeland Security Committee heard testimony on cyber threats and resilience on February 10. Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) opened the session by asserting the Biden Administration’s commitment to cybersecurity as “an urgent national and economic security issue.” Thompson also stated that cybercrime cost the global economy $1… Read More

National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness released



National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness released
On January 21, after designating the ongoing pandemic a top priority for the new Biden Administration, the White House released the National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness. The new strategy lays out seven primary goals for COVID-19 response and pandemic preparedness: Restore trust with the American people.… Read More

FEMA releases initial COVID-19 assessment



FEMA releases initial COVID-19 assessment
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released their initial assessment report on the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this month. The report evaluates FEMA’s COVID-19 response operations during the time period of January 2020 through September 2020. According to FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor, at the time of the… Read More

Energy, DoD, DHS develop new disaster relief vehicle



Energy, DoD, DHS develop new disaster relief vehicle
The Department of Energy, in collaboration with the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, announced on September 15 that it has awarded Cummins, Inc. approximately $1 million to develop a new disaster relief vehicle. The federally-funded H2Rescue is a hydrogen fuel cell truck that was designed to meet the needs… Read More