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Read the Ombudsman's full 2019 Annual Report to Congress.
The three subcommittees (Emerging Technologies, State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Cybersecurity, and Countering Foreign Influence Subcommittees) were established on October 4, 2018 by Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to advise the Department on homeland security issues. On May 21, 2019, the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) convened in public session to discuss, deliberate and vote on these three subcommittee’s interim reports. The HSAC voted on and approved the proposed finding and recommendations in their entirety.
The following are CFTT reports for Windows registry forensic tools (organized by publication date).
Pursuant to the TSA Modernization Act (P.L. 115-254), signed into law on October 5, 2018, the report provides information on Mahan Air operations and U.S. security interests at international Last Point of Departure airports.
Numerous studies estimate there are between 300,000 and 400,000 religious congregations in the United States. Many people think of a house of worship as a safe area where violence and emergencies cannot affect them. However, violence in a house of worship is not a new phenomenon and many facilities are developing and updating security and emergency plans and procedures to ensure the safety and security of their congregations, visitors, staff, and facilities.
After extinguishing structural fires, firefighters carry out fire overhaul operations to locate and extinguish smoldering hot spots. Early on in the overhaul operations, firefighters wear self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA); although, it is common practice to remove the SCBA when the carbon monoxide (CO) concentration drops to a safe level. Studies have shown, however, that after CO dissipates, particulate matter and harmful chemicals are still present during overhaul environments. As a result, firefighters must continue to wear heavy SCBA equipment throughout overhaul operations or risk breathing in the hazardous material present in the overhaul environment. To address this hazard, the Respiratory Protection for Firefighters during Overhaul Operations project developed a filter module that is designed to be used in passive air-purifying respirators (APRs) and powered APRs (PAPRs) to protect firefighters from particulate and chemical hazards while being lighter and more comfortable than the traditional SCBA.
As Co-Sector-Specific Agencies (Co-SSAs) for the Transportation Systems Sector, DHS—with TSA and the USCG as its executive agents—and DOT developed the 2018 Transportation Systems Sector Activities Progress Report. In an effort of transparency to Sector stakeholders, this report reflects Co-SSA progress toward Transportation Systems Sector-Specific Plan (TS SSP) goals and activities.
On Oct. 16, 2018, DHS S&T NUSTL conducted an OFA of Burn Saver. During this OFA, five firefighters served as evaluators and engaged in operational tests to evaluate Burn Saver’s suitability for use by firefighters in field scenarios that simulate conditions they may encounter during the performance of their duties.
The National Urban Security Technology Laboratory Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report contains a summary of the laboratory’s completed program and project milestones, collaboration and outreach, mission and services, laboratory operations, and organizational successes.
The Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act directs the Department of Homeland Security “to develop metrics … to measure the effectiveness of security between ports of entry, at ports of entry, in the maritime environment and to measure the effectiveness of the aviation assets and operations of Air and Marine Operations of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.” This report meets this direction by providing the most comprehensive, rigorous set of border security metrics ever produced by the Department, along with a thorough discussion of the strengths and limitations of the Department’s available methodological approaches.