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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.