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Clock ticks for Congress to pass full DHS budget; Johnson warns of impacts to department

The Senate Feb. 26 is poised to pass a clean bill that it advanced the day before by a 98-2 vote. It fully funds DHS, which has been operating on a continuing resolution for fiscal 2015. That resolution expires on Feb. 27 at 11:59 p.m. 

Executive order meant to apply internationally, says Schwartz

The executive order issued by the White House Feb. 13 will enable private sector companies to better share cybersecurity threat information, whether they're domestic or international entities.

New DHS assessment highlights rise of sovereign citizens threat, CNN reports

Among the findings, violence from sovereign citizens this year "will occur most frequently during routine law enforcement encounters at a suspect's home, during enforcement stops and at government offices," according to the report.

Obama taps Secret Service vet Joseph Clancy to head agency, ignoring calls for an outsider

In December, an independent panel convened by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson recommended appointing a director from outside the Secret Service who could act independently of the agency's traditions and personal relationships.

Lack of continued DHS funding would greatly disrupt operations, several agency officials say

Several Homeland Security Department officials testified at a congressional hearing that their agency's operations, staff and work with emergency officials and the private sector would be significantly jolted if lawmakers don't fund the department past Feb. 27.

US intel officials say tracking radicalized foreign fighters difficult, numbers may be greater

U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials said they're tracking a growing number of foreign fighters, including more than 150 Americans, who've traveled to Syria and Iraq to fight with terrorist organizations. But they admitted they may not be aware of all such fighters coming from Western countries.

Agencies need to strengthen protections of military technology

The agencies responsible for protecting military technology have taken steps to strengthen oversight, but there are weaknesses that still need to be addressed, says a Feb. 10 Government Accountability Office report.

The president's 2016 budget request: Transportation Security Administration

The agency, which screens passengers at airports, is requesting $7.35 billion for next fiscal year. Of that total budget authority, $7.09 billion is gross discretionary spending.

The president's 2016 budget request: Management, DNDO, IG and S&T

Among some of the bigger budget winners within the Homeland Security Department, management and operations, the inspector general's office and the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office would see double-digit percentage increases under the president's recently unveiled 2016 budget proposal. However, DHS's research and development would see a significant decline in its proposed spending plan.

The president's 2016 budget request: Secret Service

The Secret Service, which has been embroiled in recent years by operational lapses, low morale and other issues, would see a sizable 16.3 percent boost – or about $308 million – under the president's recently unveiled 2016 budget proposal.