In December, an independent panel convened by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson recommended appointing a director from outside the Secret Service who could act independently of the agency's traditions and personal relationships.
President Obama issued an executive order to improve coordination around federal policy and activities in the Arctic region, especially as it relates to the effects from climate change, and boost collaboration with state, local and tribal governments.
The House passed a nearly $40 billion spending measure that fully funds the Homeland Security Department, but the bill, which includes several controversial immigration amendments, will likely die in the Senate.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson defended President Obama's recent executive actions on immigration Dec. 2, telling lawmakers on Capitol Hill that the administration has the legal authority to proceed.
The Texas hospital where the first U.S. patient with Ebola, Thomas Eric Duncan, died last week and two of his nurses have since contracted the disease is pushing back against allegations from a nurses' union that the facility did not follow proper protocols in Duncan's treatment.
Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned Oct. 1, just one day after she testified about an Sept. 19 incident in which a man jumped the fence and ran inside the White House before being subdued.
The Obama administration made a miscalculation when it didn't intervene in the Syrian civil war, leading to the emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, said a foreign policy analyst at a recent panel discussion.
Despite a massive international effort to curb the spread of the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa, which was formally declared six months ago, healthcare experts say there could be 10,000 cases weekly by mid-November, if left unchecked.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the United Nations is launching a new emergency health mission to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa as well as a "20-fold increase" in international assistance.
The department will spend more than $518 million in rural electric cooperatives in 15 states – part of nearly $50 billion that it has invested in infrastructure improvements in the past five years. More than $23 million of the funding will go toward smart grid improvements to better manage and increase efficiencies in the nationwide electric system.