Homeland Security Blog

DHS Continually Improving for the Mission's Sake

June 21, 2016
By George I. Seffers
Russell Deyo, undersecretary for management, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, addresses attendees at the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference in Washington, D.C.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may sometimes seem like a confused teenager, but it is growing and maturing and striving to make the country stronger, reports Russell Deyo, the DHS undersecretary for management, at the 2016 AFCEA Homeland Security Conference.

Small Business Interests Covered at AFCEA's Homeland Security Conference

May 17, 2016
By Katie Helwig

AFCEA International's annual Homeland Security Conference takes place June 21 and 22 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., with small business interests well represented during the event.

DHS and NASA Search for Innovation

April 13, 2016

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced a partnership with the NASA Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation to develop new technology solutions through publicly crowdsourced prize competitions. 

DHS Deploys New Information Sharing Technology

April 7, 2016

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate announced today implementation of a new technology to streamline and improve secure information sharing between the DHS and its partners.

U.S. Coast Guard Approves Electronic Charts and Pubs

February 8, 2016

New U.S. Coast Guard guidance allows electronic charts and publications.

DNI Clapper Names Leaders of Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center

January 7, 2016
By Sandra Jontz

Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, today announced the leaders of the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC). Director Tonya Ugoretz will lead the center, with Maurice Bland as deputy and Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Research Director Thomas Donahue as part of the team.

Small Businesses, Big DHS Funding Opportunities

December 16, 2016
Maryann Lawlor

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is now accepting proposals for its upcoming Small Business Innovation Research program for fiscal year 2016. 

DHS Seeks Nontraditional Partners to Protect Internet of Things

December 11, 2015

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate announced its first Innovation Other Transaction Solicitation aimed at nontraditional performers such as technology startups to offer solutions to some of the toughest threats facing DHS and the homeland security mission.

Man Beats Machine in Forensics Face-Off

September 28, 2015
By George I. Seffers
To determine facial examiners' skills in matching whether faces in two images are the same person, researchers pushed the boundaries by adding inverted images and photos with backgrounds to the standard face-matching of closely cropped head shots.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology tests law enforcement experts against nonexpert humans and computers.

DHS Adds Houston, Chicago to DNDO Program

September 14, 2015
By Sandra Jontz

The Department of Homeland Security added two cities to its Domestic Nuclear Detection Office’s Securing the Cities program, an effort to increase the nation’s capabilities to detect and protect against radiological and nuclear threats. Officials on Monday announced the addition of Houston and Chicago to the program.

Leverage the Long-Standing Public-Private Partnership for Critical Infrastructure Protection

July 1, 2015
By Robert B. Dix Jr.

At a time when the U.S. critical infrastructure is at its most vulnerable point, the Department of Homeland Security is moving away from cooperation and coordination with the private sector.

Into the Second Decade of Homeland Security

May 22, 2015
By Bill Nolte

The Department of Homeland Security has endured growing pains as a result of its rapid creation, but it also can chalk up significant accomplishments.

DHS S&T Announces Winners of Innovation Prize Competition

May 21, 2015
By George I. Seffers
DHS S&T has awarded two Innovation Prizes to companies offering solutions for first responders.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate today announced the winners of S&T’s first innovation prize competition: The Vreeland Institute Inc., Copake, New York., and Certa Cito LLC, Rochester, New York.

NASA, DHS Chat Up Solar Storm Research on Twitter

May 19, 2015
By Sandra Jontz

Engineers from several government agencies and industry partners have teamed up to explore solutions to better predict, and thus mitigate, adverse impacts solar storms have on power grids.

Agile Contracting is on the Horizon

March 16, 2015
By Suzanne Petrie Liscouski

Guest blogger Suzanne Petrie Liscouski recaps one panel discussion from the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference on agile principles in procurement and goals, including successes with agile development and agile operations and maintenance.

DHS S&T Launches New Accelerator Program

March 11, 2015
By George I. Seffers

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate has announced its first business accelerator program, EMERGE!, aimed at entrepreneurs who have innovative ideas that address the unique needs of the homeland security community and whose wearable technologies could be adapted for first responder operations.

Cybersecurity Information Sharing a Tool for Situational Awareness

March 10, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
Carlos Kizzee from The Center for Internet Security and Rich Struse with the DHS talk about cybersecurity and information sharing at Homeland Security Conference.

Knowing the cybersecurity threat might be half the battle toward mitigating problems, but the popular push and mounting trend toward increased information sharing, particularly between industry and the federal government, is not the be all and end all.

Congress Ends Stalemate, Funds DHS

March 3, 2015
By Sandra Jontz

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday ended its stalemate and voted to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security.

DHS Secretary Makes Passionate Plea to Congress to Fully Fund Department

February 26, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, joined by leadership and employees from the DHS, calls on Congress on Monday to fully fund the department.

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson voiced a hesitant optimism Thursday that U.S. Congress will come together to fully fund the department before tomorrow’s deadline that could shutter parts of the Department of Homeland Security.

'DARPA Dan' Profiles Agency Efforts on 60 Minutes

February 9, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
Pat Hickey, an engineer with Galois Incorporated in Portland, Oregon, prepares to fly a mini drone with software rewritten to make it invulnerable to hackers. It is part of the DARPA-funded High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems. By Sandra Jontz

In case you missed it, CBS’s newsmagazine "60 Minutes" this weekend featured a segment with Dan Kaufman, director of the Information Innovation Office (I2O) for DARPA, who talked about the office’s efforts to outsmart hackers, sex traffickers and those seeking to do harm to the United States.

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