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Immigration officials not doing enough to assess fraud in foreign investor visa program, GAO says

Federal immigration officials aren't doing enough to identify and address unique fraud and national security risks in an immigrant visa program that encourages foreign individuals to make capital investments and create jobs in the U.S. in exchange for a green card and path to citizenship, congressional investigators said in a recent report.

DHS secretary seeks to form new panel to advise department on leading cybersecurity practices

The subcommittee will "identify the readiness of the department's lifeline sectors to meet the emerging cyber threat and provide recommendations for building cross-sector capabilities to rapidly restore critical functions and services following a signficant cyber event," according to a Federal Register notice.

DHS expands role of NCCIC, taps Andy Ozment to head federal cybersecurity hub

Andy Ozment, who's been an integral part of the Homeland Security Department's efforts to secure the federal government's and nation's cyber and communications infrastructure and frequent witness on Capitol Hill, will fill the head position for the DHS cybersecurity information hub.

CBP testing wireless tech at US airports to verify identities of foreign travelers in real time

Officers will use a wireless handheld device to collect biometric and biographic data on foreign travelers exiting the United States in real time. U.S. citizens and certain other international travelers will be exempt from the pilot.

DHS alerts law enforcement of potential criminal, terrorist drone threats, news outlets report

The Homeland Security Department's office of Intelligence and Analysis has reportedly issued a warning to law enforcement agencies nationwide about criminals and terrorists potentially using drones for attacks.

DHS, State Dept. need to better assess programs to counter influx of migrant children, GAO says

U.S. officials and others have said that extreme violence, persistent poverty and other problems in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala spurred last summer's migration of tens of thousands of unaccompanied migrant children.

DHS signs agreement with GSA, gaining access to OASIS professional services contract

OASIS and the small business component provide access to a wide range of services, including program management, management consulting, logistics, engineering, scientific and financial.

Senators push bill to authorize EINSTEIN 3A, shore up 'insufficient cybersecurity practices' governmentwide

Leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee introduced Monday a bipartisan bill that would grant federal agencies clear legal authority in utilizing EINSTEIN, the Homeland Security Department's continuous diagnostics and monitoring system.

Experts: Feds not doing enough to protect US power grid from disruptive solar flares, EMPs

Two billion dollars would be required to protect the electric grid from threats including naturally occurring EMPs, radio-frequency weapons, cyber bugs and hacking, physical sabotage and severe weather, and $10 billion to $20 billion would be needed to protect "all critical infrastructures."

GAO: Thousands of chemical facilities may be providing bad data on toxic release threats

Investigators said they found that more than 2,700 facilities – at least 44 percent of facilities with a toxic release chemical – misreported the Distance of Concern, the radius of an area that could be exposed to a toxic chemical cloud.