Updates

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.

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.

DHS S&T Seeks Solutions for Mitigating Threats to Soft Targets

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate announced a new solicitation to help mitigate threats toward soft targets and reduce attacks in crowded places. The Securing Soft Targets topic call is looking for cutting-edge solutions that can identify and mitigate new and emerging threats both in the United States and around the world.

DHS S&T Seeks Information on Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate released a request for information about commercially available self-contained breathing apparatus to meet the needs of emergency responders. The technologies will be considered for inclusion in a market survey being conducted by S&T’s National Urban Security Technology Laboratory in collaboration with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

DHS S&T Awards Funding to Auburn University for Detection Canine Research and Development

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate announced a $24 million contract, awarded over five years, to Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine to support research & development in the detection canine field. The award will explore ways to improve the availability and efficacy of detection dogs, which are vital in protecting our Nation’s borders, transportation hubs, major public events, and more.

DHS S&T Seeks to Test Innovative First Responder Technologies at Urban OpEx 2022

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate released a Request for Information seeking new and emerging technologies that first responders can experiment with and test in a realistic, urban setting.

The TSA Federal Air Marshal Service recognizes its 60th anniversary

2 March 1962, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy swore in the first class of 18 “Sky Marshals,” a special force of Federal Aviation Administration inspectors who volunteered and trained to protect U.S. aircraft and passengers from air piracy.

Secretary Mayorkas Designates Sudan and Extends and Redesignates South Sudan for Temporary Protected Status

Secretary Mayorkas made these decisions after consultation with interagency partners and careful consideration of the conditions in these countries. The designation of Sudan and South Sudan is based off of political unrest and armed conflict that have displaced millions of residence.

Secretary Mayorkas Designates Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months

This designation is based on both ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in Ukraine that prevent Ukrainian nationals, and those of no nationality who last habitually resided in Ukraine, from returning to Ukraine safely. These conditions result from the full-scale Russian military invasion into Ukraine, which marks the largest conventional military action in Europe since World War II.