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Weekly Homeland Security Media Reports

12.16 – 23.2013 Virginia Homeland Security Media

 Virginia Homeland Security Media
December 16, 2013 – December 23, 2013


Congressional Homeland Security Committee/Sub-Committee Testimony

Testimony: “The Navy Yard Tragedy: Examining Physical Security for Federal Facilities” – DHS (12.17.2013)

Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection Testimony on Navy Yard Tragedy – DHS (12.17.2013)


National Homeland Security Policy & Issues

Senate Confirms Mayorkas to Homeland Security Post despite Probe – HS Today (12.23.2013)

McCain at Odds with Incoming Homeland Security Chief – Arizona Central (12.21.2013)

DHS Releases Phased Enforcement Schedule for REAL ID – Department of Homeland Security (12.20.2013)

Report Finds Secret Service Does Not Have ‘Culture Problem’, Despite Questions over Probe – Fox (12.20.2013)

Acting DHS IG, Under Investigation, Steps Down – HS News Wire (12.18.2013)

10 of Millions in Waste, Fraud and Abuse at DHS Cited in Annual Federal ‘Wastebook’ – HS Today (12.18.2013)

DHS Names New Chief Information Officer, Luke McCormack – Government Security News (12.18.2013)

Federal Workers’ Job Satisfaction Falls, with DHS Ranking Lowest Again – Washington Post (12.18.2013)

Senate Confirms Jeh Johnson as New DHS Secretary – HS News Wire (12.17.2013)

Statement by the President on the Confirmation of Jeh Johnson as Secretary of DHS – White House (12.16.2013)


Border Protection / Immigration

Judge Claims DHS Delivering Smuggled Children to Illegal Immigrant Parents – Fox News (12.19.2013)

Iranians May Have Exploited Visa Program – HS Today (12.16.2013)


Surveillance and Intelligence

Declassified Documents Strongly Argue for Keeping NSA Programs Secret – HS News Wire (12.23.2013)

Hill Lawmakers Battle over Future of NSA Spying, in Wake of White House Report – Fox News (12.22.2013)

U.S. Releases More Documents on Surveillance Origins – Fox News (12.21.2013)

Social Network Spying May Backfire, Lead to Low Returns – HS News Wire (12.20.2013)

Review Panel Calls for Prohibiting NSA Bulk Collection of Phone Metadata – HS News Wire (12.19.2013)

Federal Judge: NSA’s Collection Program Violates Constitution – HS News Wire (12.17.2013)

Boston Police Has Suspended Use of License Plate Scanners – HS News Wire (12.17.2013)



Senators Call on FTC to Investigate Target Breach – CIO (12.23.2013)

10 Stories that Shaped Tech Policy in 2013 – CIO (12.23.2013)

Japan Seeks Cyber Warfare Capability – Japan Times (12.22.2013)

Agencies to Focus on Illegal Cyberweapons Trade in 2014 – Next Gov (12.20.2013)

Scoring Cybersecurity Hits and Misses for 2013 – GCN (12.20.2013)

Army Settles on Augusta for Cyber Forces Headquarters – Next Gov (12.20.2013)

Increase Cybersecurity Workforce, Government Urged – Information Week (12.19.2013)

U.S. Air Force Plans to Add 1,000 New Cybersecurity Personnel – HS News Wire (12.20.2013)

Federal Agencies to Hire More Cyber Defenders in 2014 – Washington Post (12.19.2013)

2014 Cybersecurity Forum to Focus on Trusted Computing – HS News Wire (12.19.2013)

Seven Steps to Solving the Cyber Skills Gap – Next Gov (12.19.2013)

Washington Post Reports Servers Attacked, Suspects Chinese Hackers – CIO (12.18.2013)

The 8 Hottest Security Stories of 2013 – CIO (12.18.2013)

Lawmakers Want to Know How Cyber-Safe Vehicles Are – HS News Wire (12.18.2013)

DHS Announces Expansion of Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative – HS News Wire (12.18.2013)

Cybersecurity Giants Adapt to Changing Cyberthreat Landscape – HS News Wire (12.18.2013)

Congress Directs the Pentagon to Appoint a Cyber Czar – Next Gov (12.17.2013)

Karen Jackson Named Virginia’s Secretary of Technology – GCN (12.16.2013)


Infrastructure Protection

Measures Being Offered to Reduce Mass Shootings Not Likely to Succeed – HS News Wire (12.23.2013)

Sea Level Rise, Shoreline Changes Leading Influences on Flooding from Hurricanes – HS News Wire (12.20.2013)

Earthquake-Resistant Public Safety Building Protects Responders – Emergency Management (12.20.2013)

Analysts: NERC’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Standards Ambiguous, Unclear – HS News Wire (12.19.2013)

Shot Spotting Systems Helps Stockton, California Police Reduce Gunfire – HS News Wire (12.17.2013)



There’s No Clear Profile for Homegrown Terrorists, Experts Say – Wichita Eagle (12.22.2013)

Nevada Man Pleads Not Guilty to Terrorism Charge – Nevada Appeal (12.20.2013)

Major Bomb Plot Thwarted in Northern Ireland – HS News Wire (12.20.2013)

New Terrorist Faction Threatening U.S. Interests in the Sahel – HS News Wire (12.20.2013)

Counterterrorism Chief Names Top Security Threat for 2014 – Government Executive (12.19.2013)

Al Qaeda Affiliates were 2012’s Most Deadly Terrorist Groups – HS Today (12.19.2013)

Two Guantanamo Detainees Sent to Algeria over Their Objections – HS News Wire (12.19.2013)


Emergency Preparedness

Overcoming Home-Destruction Traumas through Post-Disaster Home-Making – HS News Wire (12.23.2013)

‘Disaster Reporter’ Feature on FEMA App Allows for Crowd Sourcing – Government Security News (12.19.2013)

Ohio to Boost Emergency Preparedness by Pre-Locating, Better Tracking Resources – Daily Journal (12.19.2013)

SIA and County Execs will Join Forces to Enhance Public Safety and Emergency Management – GSN (12.18.2013)

Five Future Trends in Emergency Management to Track – Emergency Management (12.17.2013)

Where Do National Fire Requests Go? – Emergency Management (12.17.2013)

Mobilization Will Be Driving Force in Emergency Management in 2014 – IT Business Net (12.16.2013)


Public Health

‘Superbug’ Bacteria Widespread in U.S. Chicken, Consumer Group Finds – Fox News (12.19.2013)

Superbugs Discovered To Be Breeding in Sewage Plants – HS News Wire (12.18.2013)

Major Gaps in Country’s Ability to Counter Infectious Diseases, Study Says – HS Today (12.17.2013)


Communications & Interoperability

FirstNet Board Approves Two Spectrum Lease Agreements – Emergency Management (12.18.2013)



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