Updates

DHS S&T and Israeli Partners Announce Call for Proposals for Advanced Technologies in Homeland Security

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the Israel Ministry of Public Security (MOPS) have partnered on the jointly funded Binational Industrial Research and Development Homeland Security (BIRD) Homeland Security program. The program has announced the 2022 call for proposals seeking collaborative projects between U.S. and Israeli entities to develop advanced solutions for mission-critical homeland security needs with the potential to enhance safety and security around the globe.

DHS CWMD and Seattle Conduct a Biological Threat Preparedness Exercise

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD), Seattle area emergency managers, public health officials, laboratory officials, and first responders conducted a virtual tabletop exercise of the BioWatch program. Participants discussed how they would respond in the event of a bioterrorist incident and identified ways to improve coordination.

Domestic Preparedness Journal Offers "Articles Out Loud"

The Domestic Preparedness Journal recognizes that emergency preparedness professionals are incredibly busy, and often on the road. To give you more opportunities to benefit from the articles in the Journal, each week you will be able to download the article for the week in Articles Out Loud under the Podcast channel on www.domesticpreparedness.com that will be available for a trial period. If the downloads from this trial period are significant, the Journal will look at making them a regular part of its offerings on a weekly basis. The Journal will be offering this service free to its readers through the end of June.  Juvare, the developer of WebEOC, is helping sponsor this trial period.

USDA Increases Efforts to Protect U.S. Poultry and Expands Wild Bird Surveillance for Avian Influenza

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is announcing the expansion of wild bird surveillance for avian influenza to include the Mississippi and Central Flyways.

Secretary Becerra Announces HHS Purchase of 600,000 Treatment Courses of New Monoclonal Antibody That Works Against Omicron

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra is announcing that the federal government has purchased 600,000 treatment courses of a new monoclonal antibody treatment that data shows works against the Omicron variant.

News Release: DHS S&T Posts 17 R&D Needs in Annual Long Range Broad Agency Announcement

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) posted the annual release of the Long Range Broad Agency Announcement, an open invitation to the scientific and technical communities to propose novel ideas that address DHS Components' highest priority operational needs.

DHS Issues National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin

This NTAS Bulletin outlines the key factors that have increased the volatility, unpredictability, and complexity of the current threat environment, and highlights resources for individuals and communities to stay safe.

Secretary Becerra Announces New HHS Task Force to Prevent Human Trafficking

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra publicly announced the formation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Task Force to Prevent Human Trafficking (the Task Force). The Task Force will facilitate implementation of the priority actions HHS has committed to in President Biden’s National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking, as well as strengthen HHS’s human trafficking prevention and intervention efforts with a focus on partnerships, equity, and open data.

DHS Launches First-Ever Cyber Safety Review Board

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the establishment of the Cyber Safety Review Board (CSRB), as directed in President Biden’s Executive Order 14028 on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity. The CSRB is an unprecedented public-private initiative that will bring together government and industry leaders to elevate our nation’s cybersecurity.

The Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense Receives $1.35 Million Grant to Help Take Preemptive Action Against Biological Threats to the United States

The Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense today announced receiving a $1.35 million grant from Open Philanthropy.