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DHS needs to improve FOIA processing, cost reporting, congressional investigators say

Although the Homeland Security Department pledged three years ago to steadily reduce backlogged Freedom of Information Act requests, the number has risen even higher, congressional investigators said.

GAO: Cost effectiveness of alternative-to-detention program for illegal aliens unclear

Immigration authorities need to better assess the cost effectiveness of an alternative-to-detention program that releases illegal aliens into the community as they await removal proceedings, congressional investigators said in a Nov. 13 report.

DHS secretary says enhanced measures taken to identify, stop spread of Ebola in US

The Homeland Security Department has enhanced screening procedures at ports of entry and invoked its authority to prevent people who may be infected with the Ebola virus from flying into the United States, the department's secretary testified at a recent Senate hearing.

DHS seeks recommendations on biometric data storage, analysis

The Homeland Security Department is turning to industry to get information about advanced technologies and systems that can help improve the storage, matching capabilities and analysis of biometric data.

FEMA implementing better rules to track funding allocated to fusion centers, GAO says

While the Government Accountability Office found that FEMA — which is the Homeland Security Department's lead agency responsible for such grants — required states to provide justification for such funding starting in fiscal 2012, the data is still unreliable.

DHS expands screening for international travelers who don't need a visa to enter US

Concerned about the rising number of people with Western passports fighting with terrorist groups, Homeland Security Department officials earlier this week began collecting more information about international visitors who aren't required to get a visa to enter the United States.

'Lone wolves' responsible for disproportionate number of US terrorist acts, research finds

While so-called "lone wolves" or "lone actors"  –  individuals who plan, prepare and commit terrorist acts with no help from anyone else  –  are relatively rare in the United States, they are responsible for a disproportionate number of such incidents, according to new research that studied their patterns.

DHS's FOIA backlog nearly doubles due to record-setting, immigration-related requests

The Homeland Security Department's backlog of Freedom of Information Act requests nearly doubled in fiscal 2013 – rising to 51,761 – due to record-setting requests for immigration-related records, a recently released departmental report said.

DHS report makes recommendations for greater open source software use in government

A report commissioned by the Homeland Security Department's Science and Technology Directorate says barriers to using and developing open source software must be addressed as IT budgets across government continue to tighten.

GAO partially upholds bid protest against embattled security clearance contractor

Security clearance contractor USIS suffered another in a series of setbacks Monday when the Government Accountability Office partially upheld a bid protest that removes the company from a contract it was given by the Homeland Security Department. DHS had awarded a $210 million Field Office Support Services contract to USIS in July after the Office of Personnel Management said it wouldn't do business with the company anymore.