The Justice Department is creating a committee to develop guidance and policy recommendations for forensic science and its use for federal, state and local scientists, law enforcement, attorneys and judges.
For a drug-sniffing dog's detection to show probable cause for a search, law enforcement doesn't need to fulfill any particular requirements that prove the dog's ability, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Feb. 19. The ruling overturned a Florida Supreme Court decision.
A check of 32 agencies found compliance with the standards and use of its best practices varied widely. Only 22 of the 32 agencies had an agency-level security manager, the GAO says, or had documented performance measures to evaluate security effectiveness and correct deficiencies. Even fewer – 13 – had a manager responsible for allocating resources based on risk assessment.
Lack of a commonly agreed-on definition of "homeland security" matters because without a consensus, the United States risks disjointed and disparate approaches toward securing the nation, a Congressional Research Service analyst told a House panel earlier this month.
Environmental Protection Agency oil and hazardous substance spill contigency plans have grown too large and varied for the agency to adequately maintain, says the agency's office of inspector general.
Current policy doesn't ensure that employees have a business need for mobile connectivity, TIGTA says, adding that tax agency workers get a BlackBerry or air card " generally based on job series classifications."
Meth lab incidents have declined in states that banned over-the-counter pseudoephedrine, and a new Government Accountability Office report says the available information shows no major drawbacks for consumers and healthcare providers. Pseudoephedrine, a common ingredient in cold and allergy medications, is a precursor chemical for methamphetamine production.
The threat of command and control link jamming, GPS navigation signal spoofing, and system hacking is a real concern that will have to be addressed before any UAS integration into domestic airspace, said Rep. Paul Brown (R-Ga.), chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee subcommittee on oversight, during a Feb. 15 hearing.
Customs and Border Protection officials say the agency's new metric to characterize border security won't be ready until 2014, said Cathleen Berrick, managing director of homeland security and justice issues at the Government Accountability Office. Berrick was a witness during a Feb. 15 hearing of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on oversight and management efficiency.
Assistance to French and African forces fighting extremists in northern Mali will not include deployment of U.S. combat troops, State and Defense department officials said last Thursday. In addition, the DoD is not considering deploying unmanned aerial vehicles at this time, said Defense Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Amanda Dory.