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Weekly Update: DHS Response to COVID-19

For months, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has risen to the new challenges presented by COVID-19. Thanks to our workforce’s efforts across its components last week, DHS has facilitated a speedy, whole-of-government response to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The Department and its components continue to prove its resiliency in the face of adversity to ensure a safe, secure, and prosperous Homeland for the American people.

Letter to DHS Contractors Regarding COVID-19

Thank you for all you do for DHS! As the Chief Procurement Officer, I am reaching out to all contractors who have employees working in DHS facilities. I want to make sure you are aware of the current health and safety precautions for novel Coronavirus, called COVID-19.

Notice to Contractors Regarding Access to DHS facilities

In furtherance of the Office of Management and Budget guidance issued March 15, 2020, and updated March 16, 2020, all DHS Components must maintain safe working environments and implement substantial mitigation strategies.

Joint Statement on US-Mexico Joint Initiative to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic

The strong partnership and close cooperation between the United States and Mexico has allowed us to maintain a productive border environment. We value the health and safety of our citizens and keep that at the forefront of joint decisions made by our respective leaders regarding cross-border operations. 

Joint Statement on US-Canada Joint Initiative: Temporary Restriction of Travelers Crossing the US-Canada Land Border for Non-Essential Purposes

The US-Canada land border serves as an economic engine that supports over $1.7 billion (USD) dollars in daily cross-border trade. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States and Canada are temporarily restricting all non-essential travel across its borders. In each of our countries, we are encouraging people to exercise caution by avoiding unnecessary contact with others. This collaborative and reciprocal measure is an extension of that prudent approach.

Joint Statement from DOS, DOJ, DOD, DHS, ODNI, FBI, NSA, and CISA on Preparations for Super Tuesday

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, U.S. Attorney General William Barr, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray, U.S. Cyber Command Commander and National Security Agency Director Gen. Paul Nakasone, and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Christopher Krebs today released the following joint statement:

DHS Announces Streamlining Measures To Help States In Issuing REAL IDs

After soliciting ideas, solutions and proposals from the public, states, private sector, and relevant associations, DHS Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf sent letters to state governors informing them of increased flexibility regarding electronic submission of required documents for REAL ID applications. Specifically, the states may now add the pre-submission of identity and lawful status source documents, through a secure electronic process, prior to an applicant’s in-person DMV visit, and physical presentation of those same documents for authentication and verification by DMV personnel. The result will be a faster, more streamlined process for DMVs and the American public.

DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis Under Secretary Glawe Provides Remarks at the National Sheriffs’ Association and the Major County Sheriffs of America

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Under Secretary of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) and Chief Intelligence Officer, David J. Glawe, provided remarks for both the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) and the Major County Sheriffs of America (MCSA) in Washington, D.C. on February 10th and 11th, 2020. The events included sheriffs from across the nation and sheriffs elected to represent major counties across America.

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