april 2005

Updates

MSA's ClearCommand Helmet Communications System Is Effective, Simple, & Easy-to-Use

The ClearCommand HCS (Helmet Communications System) from MSA simplifies radio communications so workers can focus on the task at hand while getting the critical information they need.

Updates

Bacou-Dalloz announces NIOSH issues CBRN Certification to Survivair Opti-Fit Gas Mask

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has certified the Survivair Opti-Fit CBRN Full Facepiece Gas Mask with the Model 1690 CBRN Canister

Reports

Office of Inspector General - A Review of Procedures to Prevent Passenger Baggages Thefts

This report addresses the strengths and weaknesses of the checked baggage screening process employed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to prevent passenger baggage thefts and to process loss or stolen baggage claims.

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Reports

Office of Inspector General - Follow-Up Audit of Passenger and Baggage Screening Procedures at Domestic Airports

This report represents an abbreviated version of an earlier classified report assessing compliance by the Transportation Security Administration with federal aviation requirements to inspect passengers and property for explosives and weapons.

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Reports

Office of Inspector General - Irregularities in the Development of the Transportation Security Operations Center

This report addresses the management controls and procurement procedures used during the development of the Transportation Security Operations Center.

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Updates

BAE SYSTEMS AWARDED PORT SECURITY CONTRACT

The Port of Houston Authority (PHA) has awarded BAE Systems a contract of up to $3 million to provide security infrastructure enhancements for its facility in Houston, Texas.

Updates

DHS Announces $17.1 Million for Operation Safe Commerce Container Cargo Security Program

to Port Authority of New York/New Jersey, Los Angeles/Long Beach and Seattle/Tacoma

Commentary

Mass Casualties: A Terrorist Crime-Scene Primer

by Neil C. Livingstone -

Scores of victims, thousands of tons of debris, possible wide-scale contamination, and a huge area of urban real estate. Those are but some of the many variables - and none can be taken lightly - that have to be considered in the aftermath of a terrorist

Commentary

A Message From the Publisher

by Martin Masiuk -

Two major homeland-security events - the CFSI dinner in Washington, D.C., and the FDIC conclave in Indianapolis - reinforce, in different ways, Chairman Cox's goal of keeping a tighter rein on DHS management while also providing the funds needed to contin

Healthcare

Virtual Exercises: They're the Real Thing!

by Joseph Cahill -

Frequent and effective training is one of the keys to carrying out an adequate domestic-preparedness plan of any type. Such training costs money, though, and funds are scarce. One solution for the cost problem is to complement full-scale exercises with ta

Commentary

Risks and Realities, Grants and Vulnerabilities

by James D. Hessman -

The mostly successful launch of the Department of Homeland Security has been followed, not surprisingly, by allegations of wasteful spending and a failure to establish priorities. The new team at DHS meets the challenge head-on, and is already working wit

Resilience

Ohio, California and Minnesota

by Anthony Lanzillotti -

A dirty bomb is hidden inside a vessel at a port facility somewhere on Lake Erie. SWAT teams, more than 180 first responders, and a large number of EMS student victims are among the many-splendored participants in an extended counter-terrorism exercise at

Reports

GAO - DHS: A comprehensive and Sustained Approach Needed to Achieve Management Integration

GAO recommends that the Secretary of DHS: (1) develop an overarching management integration strategy, and (2) provide its Business Transformation Office (BTO) with the authority and responsibility needed to serve as a dedicated integration team and help d

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Reports

GAO - Management of First Responder Grant Programs and Efforts to Improve Accountability Continue to Evolve

ODP (Office of Domestic Preparedness) has taken steps to improve accountability in the state preparedness planning process, in part by requiring states to update homeland security strategies. In tandem with this effort, ODP revised its grant-reporting met

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Updates

New Rule Helps Identify Known or Suspected Terrorists Prior to Arrival in The U.S.

The rule finalizes the requirement for all commercial air and sea carriers to submit advanced information on all passengers and crewmembers prior to entry to or departure from the United States.

Updates

Testimony by Secretary Michael Chertoff Before the House Select Homeland Security Committee

"I have the opportunity to engage in what we call a second stage review of where we are headed, where we've come and what course corrections if any we need to make." Secretary Chertoff

Reports

GAO - Anthrax Detection - Agencies Need to Validate Sampling Activities in Order to Increase Conficence in Negative Results

GAO recommendes that the Department of Homeland Security develop a coordinated approach to work with federal agencies, so that appropriate validation studies of various activities involved in detecting anthrax are conducted.

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Reports

GAO - Defense Logistics, Actions Needed to Improve the Availability of Critical Items during Current and Future Operations

U.S. troops experienced shortages of seven of the nine items GAO reviewed. According to the 2005 National Military Strategy, U.S. forces expect to have sufficient quantities to the right items at the right time.

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Updates

BW Technologies is Proud to Present the GasAlertMicro5 PID

A lightweight, compact, and water resistant design delivers cutting-edge protection and is ideally suited for a wide range of applications, including hazmat response, confined space entry, search and rescue, and post-inspection fire safety.

Updates

MSA Offers First NIOSH-approved Gas Mask with CBRN Protection

MSA's new Millennium CBRN Gas Mask provides first responders with effective respiratory protection against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) agents that might be used in a terrorist attack.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security Announces Support for Rail Hazmat Placards

Homeland Security Michael Chertoff announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recommended continuation of the placard system for hazardous materials transported by rail.

Updates

New Passport Initiative Announced to Better Secure America's Borders

The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative will require all U.S. citizens, Canadians, citizens of the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda, and citizens of Mexico to have a passport or other accepted secure document to enter or re-enter United States by Ja

Updates

Transcript of Background Briefing with Senior DHS Officials on TOPOFF 3

Under the National Response Plan, a series of coordination protocols at the national level, also have linkages down into state and local partners, and private sector partners.

Updates

Custom Gas Delivery System from SRD

Sensor Research and Development introduces GDS systems that are a revolution in the gas blending market.

Updates

MSA's "PPE Primer for Law Enforcement" briefs police on personal protection

PPE is necessary to insure the viability of police officers from dangers and unknown challenges

Updates

Department Of Homeland Security Releases Interim National Preparedness Goal

Enables the Nation to answer three key questions: "How prepared are we?"; "How prepared do we need to be?" and "How do we prioritize efforts to close the gap?"

Updates

Statement by Secretary Michael Chertoff on the Report of the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction

This month we initiated a complete review of the Department in an effort to ensure we are best organized to manage the threats we face, our vulnerabilities and the consequence of terrorist actions.

Updates

Transcript of Press Conference with Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff on the TOPOFF 3 Exercise

"...TOPOFF is the third in a series of preparedness exercises that were mandated by Congress through which we test our ability to prepare for and respond to a pretend or simulated terrorist event -- and I want to underscore "simulated" -- all over the sta

Updates

DuPont Personal Protection Announces Availability of Revolutionary Hazmat Dual-Protection Suit

DuPont(TM) Tychem(R) ThermoPro Provides Fire and Chemical Protection in One Lightweight Garment

Resilience

Pennsylvania, Massachusettes, Illinois, and Wyoming

by Anthony Lanzillotti -

In this issue: Pennsylvania seeks funds for rural areas. Massachusetts updates biological-warfare defense plans. Illinois awards grants to TechAlt, Midco. Wyoming upgrades its inland-waterways capabilities.

Updates

LOS ANGELES CITY AND SAFE ENVIRONMENT ENGINEERING DEVELOP STATE-OF-THE-ART INTEROPERABLE SQUAD

The Squad showcases state-of-the-art communication tools and equipment. It is representative of Los Angeles' dedication to resolving the problems associated with interoperability and the move towards a SAFECOM compliant system.

Updates

Texshield Introduces The Saratoga(TM) HAMMER Suit

The SARATOGA(TM) HAMMER Suit is a lightweight, breathable, chemical warfare protective overgarment, consisting of a coat with integral hood and separate trousers.

Commentary

Increases, Shortfalls, and Nightmare Scenarios

by James D. Hessman -

President Bush's fiscal year 2006 budget plan calls for increased funding for port and maritime security. Some members of Congress say that that is only a start, and significant additional funds are needed - ASAP.

Preparedness

Upgrading an Armory: The 1033 Solution

by Jay Kehoe -

The handgun, the shotgun, and the rifle - each has its advantages and disadvantages. But today's law-enforcement officer needs at least one effective weapon not only to carry out his duties but also to protect himself and the thousands of innocent people

Resilience

Needed: Revisions to Maritime Response Standard

by Ashley Moore -

NFPA 1405 tells land-based firefighters how to respond to fires aboard ships in port. But some essential details are missing, and should be included in future (revised) editions.

Commentary

Larry Roth, Assistant Executive Director, American Society of Civil Engineers

by John Morton -

The assistant executive director and COO of the American Society of Civil Engineers shares his views on, among other topics, the ASCE's latest "Report Card" on America's Infrastructure, and EPA grants and funding for vulnerability assessments.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security Begins Second Phase of Arizona Border Effort

"The Department of Homeland Security is determined to gain operational control of our nation's borders," stated CBP Commissioner Bonner.

Updates

New Product Announcement from MSA: Battle-proven ACH Advanced Combat Helmet joins new MSA Police Line

New ACH ballistic helmet part of the MSA Police Line trusted by military forces, now available for police forces