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DHS Device-Screening Catches Pedophiles at the Borders

April 5, 2017 The Homeland Security Department occasionally examines foreign travelers’ phones, tablets and laptops as they’re entering the country. Often, it’s a search for potential terrorists, but Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told Congress this week about another threat so-called extreme vetting could thwart: pedophiles. Kelly, who testified during his confirmation that...

State Department Wants to Build A Biometric System for Mexico

April 5, 2017 While Congress scrutinizes the White House’s plan for a border wall to keep out undocumented immigrants, another part of the federal government wants to build technology for the Mexican government. The State Department is gathering information on a biometric system, to be used for the government of Mexico, that could...

Oversight Committee Mulls a Cyber-Only Digital Service

April 4, 2017 The federal government has a shortage of cybersecurity talent. Would a corps of short-term recruits, hired from the private sector, fix that gap? That’s one of the questions a House oversight committee attempted to tackle Tuesday during a hearing on federal workforce challenges. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, chairman of the...

Is Trump Eliminating the White House Science and Tech Office?

March 31, 2017 President Donald Trump has yet to fill many key science and technology positions at the White House, and it's not clear when he will. Under Barack Obama, the White House chief technology officer's staff included about 24 people. As of this week, Trump has named only one person to that...

AT&T Scores $6.5 Billion Contract to Build Nation's 1st Public Safety Broadband Network

March 30, 2017 AT&T plans to spend about $40 billion over the next 25 years to build a broadband network reserved primarily for public safety officers. A Commerce Department agency that functions as a public-private partnership is awarding AT&T about $6.5 billion to over the next five years to build, deploy and maintain...

CBP Asks: What If There is a Perfect Dog for the Job?

March 30, 2017 The Homeland Security Department announced this week it would be outfitting some border patrol dogs with smart collars, automatically monitoring their vital signs and notifying handlers in case of emergency. The $198,000 award, made to smart-collar manufacturer PetPace, is part of DHS’ broader investigation into how wearable devices can be...

AT&T Scores $6.5B Contract to Build Nation's First Public Safety Broadband Network

March 30, 2017 AT&T plans to spend about $40 billion over the next 25 years to build a broadband network reserved primarily for public safety officers. A Commerce Department agency that functions as a public-private partnership is awarding AT&T about $6.5 billion to over the next five years to build, deploy and maintain...

Border-Guard Dogs to Get Health-Monitoring Collars

March 30, 2017 Dogs will soon be the guinea pigs in a new Homeland Security Department pilot assessing whether wearable devices can be used to monitor K-9 units' health in real time. DHS recently awarded $198,000 to a technology company called PetPace, which manufactures sensor-equipped collars, designed to continuously collect dogs' vital signs,...

Border Patrol Sniffs Out High-Tech Collars for Canine Agents

March 29, 2017 Dogs will soon be the guinea pigs in a new Homeland Security Department pilot assessing whether wearable devices can be used to monitor K-9 units' health in real time. DHS recently awarded $198,000 to a technology company called PetPace, which manufactures sensor-equipped collars, designed to continuously collect dogs' vital signs,...

NARA Rethinks How to Store Presidential Records

March 28, 2017 President Donald Trump may be the most prolific Twitter user the Oval Office has seen, but the National Archives and Records Administration is currently grappling with how best to store the vast number of social media postings, emails and digital documents produced by his predecessor's White House. At noon on...