Updates

Statement of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus Concerning Title 42

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus announced specific actions being taken to address the termination of Title 42 public health order. Click here to read this statement in full.

International Code Council Applauds U.S. House Passage of the Resilient AMERICA Act

Tuesday, April 4, 2022, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Resilient Assistance for Mitigation for Environmentally Resilient Infrastructure and Construction by Americans Act. The act more than doubles the allowable funding calculation under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities program for additional projects, like resilient building codes.

Interior Department Releases Five-Year Monitoring, Maintenance and Treatment Plan to Address Wildfire Risk

President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides $1.5 billion to the Department of the Interior’s Wildland Fire Management Program to address wildfire risk and prepare communities and ecosystems against the threat of wildfire. The department released a roadmap for achieving the objectives in coordination with federal, non-federal and Tribal partners.

CDC Recommends Additional Boosters for Certain Individuals

Data continues to show the importance of vaccination and booster doses to protect individuals both from infection and severe outcomes of COVID-19. The CDC is updating its recommendations to allow certain immunocompromised individuals and people over the age of 50 who received an initial booster dose at least 4 months ago to be eligible for another mRNA booster to increase their protection against severe disease from COVID-19.

Additional Sanctions on Russia’s Technology Companies and Cyber Actors

The United States will continue to impose severe costs on the Russian Federation in response to President Putin’s illegal war. The United States is designating 21 entities and 13 individuals. Of those being designated, 10 of those individuals and 17 entities are involved in sanctions evasion networks to procure of western technology.

Ten Priorities Identified in Commission's Apollo Program For Biodefense Addressed In President's Budget Request

The Biden Administration’s proposed FY 2023 budget, unveiled by The White House this week, includes $88.2 billion in funding to enable America to rapidly produce and deliver medical countermeasures against pandemics and other biological threats. The request significantly addresses ten priorities identified by the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense in its 2021 Apollo Program for Biodefense.

DHS Preparations for a Potential Increase in Migration

The Department of Homeland Security works to secure and manage our borders while building a fair and orderly immigration system. DHS is implementing a comprehensive strategy to address a potential increase in the number of border encounters. The strategy includes: 1) Acquiring and deploying resources to address increased volumes; 2) Delivering a more efficient and fair immigration process; 3) Processing and removing those who do not have valid claims; and 4) Working with other countries in the Western Hemisphere to manage migration and address root causes.

NIH experts discuss controlling COVID-19 in commentary on herd immunity

Achieving classical herd immunity against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, may not be attainable, according to a new perspective published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. However, widespread use of currently available public health interventions to prevent and control COVID-19 will enable resumption of most activities of daily life with minimal disruption, the authors note.

DHS Small Business Innovation Research to Host First Responder Technology Showcase

The DHS Science and Technology Directorate leads the Small Business Innovation Research program, which encourages startups with fewer than 500 employees to provide quality research, new processes, products and technologies in support of government missions. During the inaugural showcase, nine small businesses will present their technologies and answer questions.

DHS and DOJ Issue Rule to Efficiently and Fairly Process Asylum Claims

The Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice are issuing a rule to improve and expedite processing of asylum claims made by noncitizens subject to expedited removal, ensuring that those who are eligible for asylum are granted relief quickly, and those who are not are promptly removed.