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Chris Strohm

News

Senators float plan to extend anti-terrorism powers until May

In short, no changes would be made to the expiring provisions in the short term.

CIO Briefing

Facebook, YouTube aid in al-Qaeda's spread, study says

The 25-page report even coins a term for the disparate groups.

IT Modernization

CIA retools site to make information 'more available'

Twitter, Flickr are now options for agency.

News

TSA tests new technology for airport body scanners

New software that will only generate a generic outline of a person and threatening items will be marked on the outline.

News

Leahy to Review Use of 'Invasive' Scanners at Airports

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Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity, virtual border fence on Hill agenda

Legislation and hearings likely in the next few months.

Cybersecurity

DHS official: Cyber attacks against infrastructure on the rise

Schaffer said the government is tracking more and more cyber attacks.

News

TSA, pilots weigh biometric system for airport screening

Card would allow crew to pass quickly through security checkpoints.

News

IG finds centers can't search across terrorism databases

Homeland Security Department has spent about $430 million to date developing information-sharing systems.

CIO Briefing

Privacy advocates want Hill probe of airport scanners

Groups cite concern over safety of machines.

CIO Briefing

Officials defend airport screening but say changes are coming

Napolitano, Pistole say that the process is evolving.

Cybersecurity

Hill aides, ACLU urge Obama to address cybersecurity bills

The White House has largely sat on the sidelines as lawmakers and key committees wrangle over competing cyber legislation.

CIO Briefing

GAO faults disaster recovery plan for critical networks

Auditors say Homeland Security does not have an effective way to rebound from national disaster.

Cybersecurity

Defense cyber chief downplays need to resolve lines of authority

Defense and Homeland Security agreement is the first step.

News

Most domestic intel centers lack privacy plans

Only 28 of 72 centers have privacy and civil liberties plans approved by the Homeland Security Department.

News

Companies begin offering faster airport screening

The Transportation Security Administration appears to be taking a wait-and-see approach to the renewed effort.

News

CIA opens center to prevent spread of dangerous weapons, technology

The CIA today announced the creation of a counterproliferation center that will lead the agency's efforts to detect and prevent the spread of dangerous weapons and technology.

News

Senate clears $600 million border bill funded by work-visa fees

The Senate approved a bill on Thursday that would pump $600 million in emergency spending into security efforts along the border with Mexico, which would be paid for by raising work-visa fees on foreign companies operating in the United States.

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Business groups blast visa fee measure

Pending legislation would raise work-visa fees for foreign companies.

News

FBI begins to deploy Sentinel system

Sentinel is intended to move agents from a paper-based to a computer-based system.