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The estimated percentage of cargo that arrives in the Port of Los Angeles as “in-bond” each year. In-bond cargo is allowed to enter the country and be transported to another port before being checked by U.S. Customs. Shippers only submit the detailed information used for inspection at the final destination port.
09/19/2007 - The recently revised risk- and needs-based grant allocation process for the Department of Homeland Security needs oversight to ensure its effectiveness, according to a new report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) entitled FY2006 Homeland Security Grant Distribution Methods: Issues for the 109th Congress.
09/19/2007 - “The Department of Defense over the next four years must begin a fundamental shift in military doctrine and priorities so that this country is better positioned to respond to the threats of a post-Cold War and post-9/11 world,” say the report’s authors, Lawrence J. Korb, Caroline P. Wadhams, and Andrew J. Grotto.
09/19/2007 - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) lacks the automated network security tools that would help identify the cause of messages received from automated security devices, says a report by the DHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG). That’s no small problem: the report shows that from February to April 2005, more than 65 million security events were logged, and without automated tools in place, it is impossible for administrators to separate the real threats from the false alarms. @ The OIG’s report, management of the DHS Wide Area Network Needs Improvement, is available at SM Online.
09/19/2007 - A bill (H.R. 4238) introduced by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) would build on the President’s border security initiative by requiring aliens to post bond to be released from mandatory detention centers and by using more federal facilities as detention centers.
09/18/2007 - A government audit says the development of high-tech sensors to detect radiation at ports and border crossings is hamstrung by poor coordination between government agencies and is overdue and overbudget, reports the AP.