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DHS announces milestones for several trusted traveler programs

The Transportation Security Administration's TSA PreCheck program has enrolled more than half a million travelers since it was launched in December. The Customs and Border Protection's has enrolled more than three million travelers in its Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI programs.

NIST wants input on user experiences with cybersecurity framework

The National Institute of Standards and Technology said Aug. 22 that it wants the public to weigh in on a voluntary approach designed to help organizations develop, evaluate and improve their cybersecurity plans for critical infrastructure.

UPDATED- Researchers find security flaws in body X-ray scanners now used in some gov't facilities

A team of university researchers said, in lab tests, they were able to hide firearms and other contraband from full-body, backscatter X-ray machines that were used at U.S. airports between 2009 and 2013.

DHS seeks to 'mature' program to ensure security, safety of high-risk chemical facilities

The department on Aug. 18 published an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register, asking the public and other stakeholders how to 'fullly mature' the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards, or CFATS, program and improve it.

IG: FEMA's 50-percent rule costing gov't hundreds of millions of dollars in overpayments

Hundreds of millions of dollars were lost due to a misinterpretation of a Federal Emergency Management Agency rule that funds the replacement or repair of facilities after a natural disaster, according to a recent Homeland Security Department inspector general report.

More arrests, bank account seizures in ongoing DHS campaign to curb influx of illegal immigrants

More than 360 smugglers have been arrested and more than $800,000 in illegal payments to smuggling networks have been seized from nearly 440 bank accounts as part of an aggressive campaign to curb the sharp rise in illegal immigration along the southwest border.

Report: DHS needs to improve cyber threat data sharing with critical infrastructure sectors

A voluntary program to share cyber threat data with organizations across 16 critical infrastructure sectors has expanded over the past year. But the Homeland Security Department's watchdog recently said enrollment has been slow and the quality of information shared needs improvement.

IG blames ICE for poor planning, communication in releasing 2,000-plus detainees in 2013

Poor planning, budget limitations, increased apprehensions and lack of communication with Homeland Security leaders and the White House led Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to release more than 2,000 immigration detainees--including some criminals--in early 2013, the department's watchdog found.

NNSA needs to reevalute proposed expansion of biological research labs, assess needs

The National Nuclear Security Administration should reevaluate its needs for biological research facilities as it considers expansion of such labs, the Energy Department's internal watchdog said in a recent audit.

DHS secretary: Apprehensions at southern border have declined "considerably"

Since mid-June, the number of illegal immigrants- including scores of unaccompanied children- crossing into Texas have "gone down considerably," Homeland Secretary Jeh Johnson said Aug. 9.