Homeland Security

Agencies use social media to bust gangs

Police agencies are using social networks to identify and capture suspects, but the officers need to be careful using the sites, panelists said at a conference April 5.

First responders want public safety agency control of spectrum block

Fire and police officials urged lawmakers to give public safety agencies direct control of the D Block of radio spectrum rather than have priority access only in emergencies.

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Federal 100: AJ Clark

DHS buying SBInet-like system for border despite uncertainties, GAO says

The Homeland Security Department canceled the SBInet border surveillance system two months ago, but SBInet-like capabilities will live on in the new system proposed for some parts of the border, a GAO official says.

Japan's earthquake shows strength of social networking in crisis

Social networks across the globe bonded to help with rescue efforts and information dissemination in Japan after an 8.9-magnitude earthquake.

Real ID deadline pushed back to January 2013

The deadline for states to comply with the controversial Real ID Act of 2005 has been pushed back to early 2013.

Groups ready for disaster drill to use social media

San Diego State University's Immersive Visualization Center is sponsoring a major online disaster drill that will use Twitter, Facebook and geotagging tools.

Agencies must determine computer security teams in face of potential federal shutdown

The number of essential IT staff members needed during a government shutdown would be much larger than in the monthlong furlough of 1995. Then, the focus was not on guarding the nation's systems against a cyberattack.

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