WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday passed a $45 billion measure boosting the Homeland Security Department’s budget by about 2 percent above spending levels imposed by an ongoing round of automatic budgets cuts.
The 245-182 vote sent the measure to the Senate, which was likely to unveil a modestly more generous version later this month.
Sequester, tight budgets means DHS buying less ammunition
Tight budgets are forcing the Homeland Security Department to buy less ammunition, two top officials are slated to tell Congress on Thursday as the House oversight committee continues investigating the Obama administration’s ammunition purchases.
Despite the potential for cuts, the department still reported stockpiling more than 260 million rounds of ammunition as of November 2012 — a two-year supply, according to information provided to the committee ahead of a hearing on Thursday.
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J. D. Heyes
March 27, 2013
Just move along, folks. There’s nothing to see here.
That’s the attitude of the Department of Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano when it comes to scrutiny of her agency’s massive purchase requests for billions – that’s right, billions – of rounds of ammunition, along with 7,000 “personal defense weapons” (they would be called assault weapons if owned by private citizens), and 2,700 mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) armored vehicles of the type [...]
WASHINGTON – The Homeland Security Department released from its jails more than 2,000 illegal immigrants facing deportation in recent weeks due to looming budget cuts and planned to release 3,000 more during March, The Associated Press has learned.
The newly disclosed figures, cited in internal budget documents reviewed by the AP, are significantly higher than the “few hundred” illegal immigrants the Obama administration acknowledged this week had been released under the budget-savings [...]
The Associated Press has learned that the Homeland Security Department official in charge of the agency’s immigration enforcement and removal operations has resigned after hundreds of illegal immigrants were released from jails because of government spending cuts.
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The sequester is officially still three days away, but the Obama administration already is making the first cuts, with officials confirming that the Homeland Security Department already has released several hundred illegal immigrants from detention in order to save money.
The move is proving controversial. Immigrant-rights groups say it shows the administration was detaining folks it never should have gone after in the first place, while Republicans questioned the decision-making.
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WASHINGTON — The Department of [...]
The federal government’s system of tracking immigrants’ status is so broken that it gives a green light to one in eight aliens who have been ordered deported, according to an audit Tuesday that found the government has gone on to approve some of those who slip through for work in sensitive areas of airports and granted them benefits such as Medicaid or food stamps.
Some of those aliens who should have been kicked out [...]
December 17, 2012
[...] The checkpoint sits about 20 miles north of the Nogales port of entry. It’s a stop-gap in the funnel, the last federal inspection for traffic heading north. Checkpoints like these across the nation are responsible for one-third of the Border Patrol’s total drug seizures in any given year.
Now talk of the fiscal cliff raises some uncomfortable possibilities. Nationwide, unemployment jumping to 10 percent. Higher taxes. Defense [...]
NY Daily News
Sept 9, 2012
If zombies take over, the government wants you to be prepared.
The Homeland Security Department warned citizens on Thursday that the “zombies are coming,” and urged them to be ready for a walking-dead apocalypse, The Associated Press reported.
The zombie “warning” is part of a public health campaign calling for citizens to be ready for disaster — to know to stock up on food, batteries and water, [...]
WASHINGTON (AP) — “The zombies are coming!” the Homeland Security Department says…
The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is charging that the Obama administration has “falsified” deportation records to artificially boost numbers — a move critics of the Homeland Security Department have long suspected.
Rep. Lamar Smith, the Texan who runs the committee, said the Obama administration has for the past several years been mixing some Border Patrol apprehensions with the deportation statistics from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency chiefly responsible for interior enforcement and for deporting aliens.
His investigation [...]
Homeland Security claimed it had “dropped the plans at an early stage”
Aug 17, 2012
Newly released documents clearly show that the The Homeland Security Department continued to pursue a mobile surveillance program, moving radiation firing body scanners out of airports and into streets and shopping malls, despite claiming it has dropped the plans altogether.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) yesterday released the documents, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, showing [...]
President Barack Obama is considering executive-branch action on U.S. cybersecurity after Congress failed to pass legislation to protect national security assets, a White House aide said.
“If the Congress is not going to act on something like this, then the president wants to make sure that we’re doing everything possible,” John Brennan, Obama’s counterterrorism adviser, said today at an event at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington.
Senate Republicans last week blocked a bill backed by [...]
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s new plan to grant temporary work permits to many young, illegal immigrants who otherwise could be deported may cost more than $585 million and require hiring hundreds of new federal employees to process more than 1 million anticipated requests, according to internal documents obtained by The Associated Press.
The Homeland Security Department plans, marked “not for distribution,” describe steps that immigrants will need to take — [...]
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WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for Republicans, the federal government has agreed to let Florida use a law enforcement database to challenge people’s right to vote if they are suspected of not being U.S. citizens.
The agreement, made in a letter to Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s administration that was obtained by The Associated Press, grants the state access to a list of resident noncitizens maintained by the Homeland [...]
The Homeland Security Department ordered so many drones it can’t keep them all flying and doesn’t have a good plan for how to use them, according to a new audit that the department’s inspector general released Monday.
In a blunt assessment, investigators said Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Air and Marine has a fleet of nine “unmanned aircraft systems” and is awaiting a 10th — though it doesn’t have enough ground support and doesn’t have [...]
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A US Airways jet traveling from Paris to North Carolina was diverted to Maine on Tuesday after a French passenger handed a note to a flight attendant mentioning that she had a surgically implanted device, raising security concerns, officials said.
An examination by doctors aboard the plane found that the passenger, a French citizen born in Cameroon, had no scars, said U.S. Rep. Peter King, who was briefed on [...]
WASHINGTON (AP) — A veteran Republican lawmaker says it’s time for an inspector general’sinvestigation to find how widespread the problems at the Secret Service are.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, says the nation needs to know whether reports of sexual misbehavior by agents traveling in advance of the president reflect part of the culture of the Secret Service. He says national security and the president’s safety could be [...]
Three additional Secret Service agents quit the force over scandal
President personally briefed on state of the investigation
Questions over whether agents slept with underage girls
Colombian prostitute at the hear of affair has gone into hiding
Says she was eventually paid $225 for the evening
Claims to fear retaliation by the U.S. government
The prostitution scandal which has devastated the Secret Service could be set to spread to the White House.
A senior Republican has urged [...]
Could real life Robocops soon be roaming American streets?
obocops being called in to help with American crimes is seeming more likely, with US police forces being told they can request battlefield robots produced by the Defence Logistics Agency (DLA) over the last decade.
Defence Agency delegates told a conference in Washington last week that any police or homeland security department with a counter-terrorism or anti-drug mission may be eligible to get its very [...]
Molly Bernhart Walker
February 22, 2012
Newly-introduced cybersecurity legislation would task the Homeland Security Department’s national cybersecurity and communications integration center with facilitating information sharing among public- and private-sector entities, rather than creating an industry-controlled, non-profit National Information Sharing Organization, as suggested by one proposal in the House.
Sens. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Me.) introduced the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (S. 2105) on Feb. 14. The proposed bill would also have [...]
February 16, 2012
Editor’s note: Things you should know upfront: the government is not worried about al-Qaeda and cave dwelling terrorists. It’s worried about folks who oppose the government. It is not trawling social media looking for the next Osama bin Laden. It is looking for activists. On numerous occasions, the FBI has demonstrated that it not only creates terrorists — as any recent supposed terror bust reveals — but [...]
(Reuters) – Airlines and their passengers would pay up to $32 billion in new air traffic and security fees over 10 years, and grants to big airports would fall sharply under White House budget proposals on Monday aimed at deficit reduction.
The Obama administration wants major carriers, their passengers, business jets and airports to pick up more of the costs of air travel and airport improvements that for years have been [...]
Federal News Radio
January 13, 2012
The draft version of the comprehensive cybersecurity bill could give the Homeland Security Department the ability to take “any lawful action” against contractors if their systems are under attack.
Bob Dix, a former staff director for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and now vice president government affairs and critical infrastructure protection for Juniper Networks, said that could mean taking over a vendor’s system that [...]
WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of the military on official travel, and their families, would move through airport security quicker next year under legislation sent to the president on Tuesday.
The House gave final congressional approval by voice vote.
If signed into law, the expedited screening would not take place immediately. The Homeland Security Department would have six months to devise a preference system for the armed forces. Some of the earliest beneficiaries [...]
The first effects of Hurricane Irene are being felt across the Northeast on Sunday morning. The center of Irene will pass right over New York City by mid-late morning, driving storm surge into the south shore of Long Island, parts of New York Harbor, and the west end of Long Island Sound.
Strongest winds, occasionally gusting over 60 mph, will persist over Long Island first out of a southerly direction this [...]
The Homeland Security Department said Thursday it will halt deportation proceedings on a case-by-case basis against illegal immigrants who meet certain criteria such as attending school, having family in the military or are primarily responsible for other family members’ care.
The move, announced in letters to Congress, won immediate praise from Hispanic activists and Democrats who had chided President Obama for months for the pace of [...]
By EILEEN SULLIVAN Associated Press
WASHINGTON July 6, 2011 (AP)
Airlines are being warned by the government that terrorists are considering surgically hiding bombs inside humans to evade airport security. As a result, travelers may find themselves subjected to more scrutiny when flying in the heart of summer vacation season, especially to the U.S. from abroad.
The FBI and Homeland Security Department sent a memo to security [...]
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By Jason Miller
Federal News Radio
Under a White House plan, the Homeland Security Department will have far-reaching oversight over all civilian agency computer networks.
The proposal would codify much of the administration’s memo from July 2010 expanding DHS’s cyber responsibilities for civilian networks.
The White House, however, is taking those responsibilities further, according to a source [...]
AP – FILE – In this March 12, 2002 file photo, the color-coded terrorism warning system is shown in Washington. …
By EILEEN SULLIVAN, Associated Press Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press – 18 mins ago
WASHINGTON – The government’s color-coded warning system is being replaced with a more specific and informative plan that would offer two levels [...]
WASHINGTON – Two years into its pledge to improve government transparency, the Obama administration took action on fewer requests for federal records from citizens, journalists, companies and others last year even as significantly more people asked for information. The administration disclosed at least some of what people wanted at about the same rate as the previous year.
People requested information 544,360 times last year under [...]