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Airport Passenger Screening Using Backscatter X-Ray Machines: Compliance with Standards

“Passenger screening at commercial airports in the United States has gone through significant changes since the events of September 11, 2001. In response to increased concern over terrorist attacks on aircrafts, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has deployed security systems of advanced imaging technology (AIT) to screen passengers at airports. To date (December 2014), TSAContinue Reading

Cybersecurity: Legislation, Hearings, and Executive Branch Documents

CRS – Cybersecurity: Legislation, Hearings, and Executive Branch Documents, Rita Tehan, Information Research Specialist, September 8, 2015. “Cybersecurity vulnerabilities challenge governments, businesses, and individuals worldwide. Attacks have been initiated against individuals, corporations, and countries. Targets have included government networks, companies, and political organizations, depending upon whether the attacker was seeking military intelligence, conducting diplomatic orContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Tax Gap, Ford Class Aircraft Carrier, Hospital Value-Based Purchasing, Spent Nuclear Fuel, Tricare Pharmacy Pilot

Fiscal Outlook: Addressing Improper Payments and the Tax Gap Would Improve the Government’s Fiscal Position, GAO-16-92T: Published: Oct 1, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 2015. Ford Class Aircraft Carrier: Poor Outcomes Are the Predictable Consequences of the Prevalent Acquisition Culture, GAO-16-84T: Published: Oct 1, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 2015. Hospital Value-Based Purchasing: Initial ResultsContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Adaptive Sports, DOD Financial Management, Medicare, Food Assistance, Biosurveillance, Public Transit

Adaptive Sports Grant Program: VA Has Taken Steps toward Better Grantee Selection and Oversight, but Additional Actions Needed, GAO-15-791: Published: Sep 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2015. DOD Financial Management: Continued Actions Needed to Address Congressional Committee Panel Recommendations, GAO-15-463: Published: Sep 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2015. Drug Compounding for Animals: FDAContinue Reading

GAO Report – Air Force’s F-15 Eagle, FAA Commercial Space Launch, Internet Management

Department of Defense’s Waiver of Competitive Prototyping Requirement for the Air Force’s F-15 Eagle Passive/Active Warning and Survivability System (EPAWSS) Program, GAO-15-800R: Published: Sep 21, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 2015: “The Department of Defense’s (DOD) rationale for waiving the competitive prototyping requirement in the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009, as amended (WSARA),Continue Reading

DOJ Policy Guidance – Use of Cell-Sites Simulator Technology

Department of Justice Guidance – Use of Cell-Sites Simulator Technology, September 3, 2015 “Cell-site simulator technology provides valuable assistance in support of important public safety objectives.Whether deployed as part  of a fugitive apprehension effort , a complex narcotics investigation, or to locate or rescue a kidnapped child, cell-site simulators fulfill critical operational needs. As withContinue Reading

GAO Reports – American Red Cross, Child Welfare, Diplomatic Security, Federal User Fees, Positive Train Control, State Health Insurance Marketplaces, Wildland Fire Management

American Red Cross: Disaster Assistance Would Benefit from Oversight through Regular Federal Evaluation, GAO-15-565: Published: Sep 9, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2015. Child Welfare: Steps Have Been Taken to Address Unregulated Custody Transfers of Adopted Children, GAO-15-733: Published: Sep 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2015. Diplomatic Security: Options for Locating a Consolidated TrainingContinue Reading

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army in 2025

Via FAS – Secrecy News: The Chinese People’s Liberation Army in 2025 (Roy Kamphausen and David Lai, eds.), published July 2015 by the Strategic Studies Institute and the US Army War College Press. “China’s military research and development program is organized around 16 “national megaprojects” that are intended to advance and transform that country’s capabilitiesContinue Reading

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): Commercial Outlook for a New Industry

CRS – Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): Commercial Outlook for a New Industry. Bill Canis, Specialist in Industrial Organization and Business, September 9, 2015. “Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) — commonly referred to as drones — have become a staple of U.S. military reconnaissance and weapons delivery in overseas war zones such as Afghanistan. Now some newContinue Reading

DNI Testimony on Worldwide Cyber Threats

Statement for the Record – Worldwide Cyber Threats – House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence – James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, September 10, 2015. “Worldwide Cyber Threats – Overview – Cyber threats to US national and economic security are increasing in frequency, scale, sophistication, and severity of impact. The ranges of cyber threatContinue Reading

Congressional Primer on Responding to Major Disasters and Emergencies

CRS – Congressional Primer on Responding to Major Disasters and Emergencies. Francis X. McCarthy, Analyst in Emergency Management Policy; Jared T. Brown, Analyst in Emergency Management and Homeland Security Policy. May 19, 2015. “The principles of disaster management assume a leadership role by the local, tribal, and state governments with the federal government providing coordinatedContinue Reading

NH Public Library retracts access to TOR after DHS intervention

techdirt – First Library To Support Tor Anonymous Internet Browsing Effort Stops After DHS Email –  “Since Edward Snowden exposed the extent of online surveillance by the U.S. government, there has been a surge of initiatives to protect users’ privacy. But it hasn’t taken long for one of these efforts — a project to equipContinue Reading