In furtherance of Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9993, and 9994 which bans the entry of non-U.S. citizens who are from or recently been in China, Iran, or certain European countries, the Department of Homeland Security issued a Notice of Arrival Restrictions requiring American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who are returning home to the U.S. to travel through one of 13 airports upon arrival to the U.S., submit to an enhanced entry screening and self-quarantine for 14 days once they reach their final destination.
S&T launched our latest S&T Impact Series case study that highlights the numerous detection, mitigation, and prevention efforts we are taking to strengthen our nation’s aviation security.
DHS S&T will host a demonstration of cutting-edge biometric technologies on Thursday, May 16 at the Maryland Test Facility in Upper Marlboro, Md.
On March 18, 2019, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen released the details of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Budget request to Congress for DHS and its component agencies and offices. The DHS request includes $51.7 billion in discretionary funding and an additional $19.4 billion for the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF). The Budget request provides critical resources to help our frontline personnel do their jobs to secure the homeland against all threats and hazards, and it ensures DHS is able to defend Americans against emerging dangers.
On 9 November 2018, the EU-U.S. Ministerial Meeting on Justice and Home Affairs took place in Washington DC. The United States of America hosted the meeting and was represented by the U.S. Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker and Secretary for Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen.
DHS S&T is calling for submissions to a Biometric Technology Rally scheduled for Spring 2019.
S&T is pursuing transformative research and development activities that support a future vision for increasing security effectiveness while dramatically reducing wait times and improving the overall passenger experience.
Balancing speed and security at checkpoints, like airports, is essential to ensuring safe, reliable travel. Many of these checkpoints are increasingly using biometric technology to improve speed and reliability. While recent improvements in biometrics have lowered failure to match rates, many systems fail to quickly acquire biometric information in the first place.DHS S&T's first Biometric Technology Rally aimed to eliminate these obstacles by testing face and face/iris recognition systems.
The use of homemade explosives is a challenge for aviation security. To meet this challenge, the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) Checked Baggage Screening Program works with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), academia and industry, to keep improving the technology that can detect explosives and other threats in bags, even when surrounded by common items like clothing, electronics or food.
Today, DHS S&T is looking to equip drones with different sensors useful in search-and-rescue, reconnaissance, active shooter response, hostage rescue situations, and a myriad of border security scenarios.