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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Emerging Infectious Diseases: Actions Needed to Address the Challenges of Responding to Zika Virus Disease Outbreaks

Categories: Health/Medical,Homeland Security

Covers current state of knowledge about the Zika virus, challenges in  conducting surveillance and epidemiological studies, the performance of manufacturers and agency personnel in responding to the outbreak in 2016, and the strengths/limitations of available mosquito control methods.  From the Government Accountability Office


Technology Assessment: Internet of Things: Status and Implications of an Increasingly Connected World

Categories: Homeland Security,Privacy,Science/Technology

Provides an introduction to the IoT, describes what is known about current and emerging IoT technologies, and the implications of their use, especially dangers involving information security, safety, and privacy.  From the Government Accountability Office


A Steely Look at Steel: Commerce Directed to Prioritize Investigation of the Effects of Steel Imports on National Security

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Homeland Security,Manufacturing,Treaties

Takes a skeptical look at the president’s demand for an investigation into the national security implications of steel imports.  Examines how such investigations proceed, what factors will be examined, and why steel is often the target of such inquiries. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Declined Detainer Outcome Reports

Categories: Crime/Justice,Headlines,Homeland Security,Immigration/Migration

Weekly reports of non-federal jurisdictions that do not honor detainers issued by federal immigration authorities (so-called sanctuary cities) with information about the individual’s citizenship, detainer issued and declined dates, and criminal activity.  Temporarily suspended in mid-April 2017 “to refine reporting methodologies.”  See archived reports tab for previous reports.  From U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement


CBP Requests Proposals for Border Wall Prototypes

Categories: Govt Procurement,Homeland Security

Announcement of two Requests for Proposal to award contracts and initial task orders for the design and construction of wall prototypes to carry out the presidential executive order to construct a physical wall along the southern border of the U.S.  From the U.S. Customs and Border Protection of the Department of Homeland Security


Electricity: Federal Efforts to Enhance Grid Reliance

Categories: Energy,Homeland Security

Identifies grid resiliency efforts launched by federal agencies since 2013, the effects of these efforts, and whether they were coordinated  or duplicative.  From the Government Accountability Office


Q and A DHS Implementation of the Executive Order on Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States

Categories: Headlines,Homeland Security,Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations

22 questions and answers about enforcement of immigration laws within the U.S. under the new administration.  From the Department of Homeland Security


Q and A: DHS Implementation of the Executive Order on Border Security and Immigration Enforcement

Categories: Headlines,Homeland Security,Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations

30 questions and answers about strengthening border security under the new administration including the southern border wall.  From the Department of Homeland Security


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