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September 29, 2015
TSA Releases Cybersecurity Management Framework and Plan

The Transportation Security Administration's Office of Security Capabilities (OSC) recently released a detailed framework and plan outlining the need for comprehensive cybersecurity as it relates to Transportation Security Equipment (TSE).

The primary document, "OSC Cybersecurity Management Framework" aims to secure and maintain OSC's mission-essential functions.  The framework will: "describe the benefits of a risk-based management approach, provide detailed information on each of the framework's nine elements and explain how OSC stakeholders implement and use the framework." 

The cybersecurity framework was applied when developing the OSC Cybersecurity Plan.  The goal of this plan is to adequately "provide discrete, actionable steps that OSC will take to safeguard technology, data and people that its mission supports on a daily basis."

September 3, 2015
TSA's Office of Security Capabilities Releases Five-Year Technology Investment Plan 

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Office of Security Capabilities released its Strategic Five-Year Technology Investment Plan on www.fbo.gov.

The Plan was prepared pursuant to a requirement in Section 1611 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-296), as amended by Section 3 of the Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act (P.L. 113-245).

The Plan presents a forward-looking investment strategy that supports implementation of best practices and improved transparency with regard to security technology acquisition programs that protect the Nation's aviation transportation systems from terrorist attacks. The Act requires a biennial update; however, the scope of the Plan spans Fiscal Years 2016-2020.  

WHSR Members dedicated many hours to as part of the Industry Engagement process to inform the Plan.  Thank you again for your time and commitment.

This is for informational purposes only. TSA is not requesting any response relative to this document.

The direct link to the Plan can be found here

August 12, 2015
TSA is Moving to New Location in Alexandria

RTSA announced today their move to the Victory Center in Alexandria, near the Van Dorn metro stop. TSA will move all of the HQ complex from Pentagon City, as well as the FAMS operations from Reston by 2018.  

The move will generate a tremendous increase in telework for the agency, as well as increasing both efficiencies and utilization rates, placing the TSA utilization rate 20% below the current GSA rate.

August 5, 2015
DHS to Host Unity of Effort & Joint Requirements Council Webinar

DHS announced through a Special Notice on fbo.gov it will be hosting a webinar featuring presentations from DHS Senior Leaders on Secretary Johnson's Unity of Effort Initiative and the Department's Joint Requirements Council.

At recent AIiM events, several attendees asked for more information on UoE and the JRC - this webinar is a direct result of those requests for additional information.

The webinar will be held on Thursday, August 6, 2015 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm EDT.

Click HERE for the FBO posting.

July 21, 2015
FLETC Works with Local Students to Produce Human Trafficking Video

Recently, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) joined together with student actors from the Glynn Academy High School Drama Department to create a collection of training videos focused on human trafficking. Two of the actors who took part in the videos expressed their genuine gratitude for being able to be involved in such a profound project. They believe that the project's mission is incredibly important in encouraging Americans to look introspectively at the problem of human trafficking and how it can begin to be solved. 

Through these films the FLETC hopes to generate greater information sharing concerning human trafficking and the effects it has on society.

July 20, 2015
DHS Enhanced Security Posture In Effect

While stating that DHS has no information on specific threats, the Agency notified all employees late Friday that an enhanced security posture is in effect to protect Agency employees.  These additional security measures are in place at several DHS facilities, to include additional screening of vehicles and pedestrians, as well as random screening.

Personnel are urged to be vigilant, maintain situational awareness of their surroundings and are encouraged to report all suspicious activity. As a DHS partner, be aware that additional measures will apply. 

See Something, Say Something. 

July 10, 2015
TSA announced an Industry Day devoted to Information Assurance Requirements

TSA's Office of Security Capabilities (OSC) posted the following on fbo.gov, "In an effort to collaborate and engage with stakeholders early to help improve and aid in the development of TSA's information technology (IT) security requirements for Transportation Security Equipment (TSE), the TSA is presenting a DRAFT copy of the TSA Information Assurance (IA) Requirements for TSA Government Acquisitions. It is anticipated that these requirements will be included in all future contracts associated with the qualification/procurement of new TSE and the sustainment of TSE deployed to the field. Therefore, TSA is looking to ensure these requirements are clearly defined and executable. The TSA is also looking for industry's considerations on the most efficient and effective way to execute these requirements."

The Industry Day will be held on Friday, July 24th.  Registration details and additional information may be found on fbo.gov. 

You may find the OSC fbo posting here. 

July 6, 2015
Peter V. Neffenger Sworn in as New TSA Administrator

Retired USCG Vice Admiral and Vice Commandant Peter V. Neffenger was sworn in as TSA Administrator this morning by DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. Secretary Johnson outlined his recent Ten Points for Aviation Security, and expressed his great admiration and confidence for Mr. Neffenger. In 2013, while serving as the Deputy Commandant for Operations, Peter Neffenger was awarded the WHSR Award for Industry Engagement, and has long been a friend of WHSR.

We congratulate him on his new position, and look forward
to continuing a strong Industry Engagement plan with both
Mr. Neffenger and TSA.

April 28, 2015
Earlier today, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger, current Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, to be the next Administrator of TSA. His extensive background in Homeland Security and distinguished USCG career will benefit TSA as it continues the shift towards Risk Based Security and intelligence driven counter terrorism methods.

WHSR has had the privilege to work closely with Vice Admiral Neffenger on several USCG initiatives including the Arctic Strategy. WHSR extends our sincerest congratulations to our friend as he embarks on his next adventure.

A link to the White House announcement of Vice Admiral Neffenger's nomination can be found here.

April 23, 2015
DHS has taken steps to enhance engagement with Industry through the launch of a new initiative called Acquisition Innovations in Motion (AIiM). AIiM is an effort designed to provide a framework for and communicate the Department's approach to Industry engagement and acquisition initiatives. The framework has two specific goals:

Institutionalize a consistent and recurring approach to industry engagement

Implement targeted initiatives designed to improve the DHS acquisition process

AIiM consists of a series of programs, conversations, and Industry engagement events which will include a Joint CBP-ICE Industry Day, an IT Market Roundtable, and a Reverse Industry Day, among others. More information on AIiM can be found here.

April 13, 2015
Chairman Michael McCaul of the House Committee on Homeland Security, along with Rep. John Ratcliffe, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies, introduced today the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act to improve cybersecurity by encouraging voluntary information sharing between Government and the private sector. The Committee on Homeland Security will consider the bill in an open markup tomorrow, April 14, 2015 at 11:00 am in 311 Cannon House Office Building.

The proposed legislation comes at a time when DHS is focused on achieving measurable improvements to cybersecurity preparedness. In support of this initiative, the Center for Internet Security and the Governors Homeland Security Advisory Council recently launched the Cyber Hygiene Campaign. The initiative is a multi-year effort that DHS has the potential to adopt. It supports the DHS Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community Voluntary Program, or C³, as well as adoption of the NIST Framework.

April 9, 2015
The CSIS Homeland Security and Counterterrorism program announced today the release of a new commentary titled The Department of Homeland Security Unity of Effort Initiative. The paper is the result of not-for-attribution roundtable discussions hosted by CSIS with key stakeholders in the DHS marketplace to explore Secretary Johnson's Unity of Effort memo. In addition to identifying challenges to the policy, the paper outlines areas for action as well as key steps for implementation and strengthening Departmental Unity of Effort.

April 7, 2015
This month, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is making changes to the TSA Pre✓® Program. These changes will have no impact to those enrolled in a trusted traveler program (TSA Pre✓® application program, Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI) and/or those who have been issued a Known Traveler Number (KTN). Participants in these programs will still receive TSA Pre✓® on a consistent basis when they fly, and no additional action is needed.

However, frequent travelers who are not enrolled in one of these trusted traveler programs, and who had previously "opted-in," through an airline frequent flyer program for example, to receive TSA Pre✓®, are encouraged to enroll in a trusted traveler program in order to continue to enjoy the benefits of expedited screening on a consistent basis. A comparison chart of the four programs offered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is available here: www.dhs.gov/comparison-chart.

More information regarding TSA Pre✓® and the other trusted traveler programs and costs is available at www.dhs.gov/tt.

March 10, 2015
Under Secretary for DHS S&T, Dr. Reginald Brothers, will host a Twitter Chat on Wednesday, March 11 from 1:00 - 2:00 ET to discuss new approaches to innovation and the future of S&T. Use the #STTechTalk hashtag to engage in the two way discussion. Questions, thoughts and ideas are encouraged before, during, or after the chat. You can follow DHS S&T @dhsscitech.

Additionally, Dr. Brothers will host a conversation with public safety innovators on wearable technology at the SXSW interactive forum this week. The conversation, entitled "Saving Lives: Reinventing Government R&D through Wearable Tech" will be held in Salon G of the JW Marriott in Austin, TX at 4:30 ET on March 13, 2015. Dr. Brothers will be joined by Deputy Under Secretary Dr. Robert Griffin. Details on the event can be found here.

January 6, 2015
Chief Michael Fisher, USBP and Assistant Chief Robert Schroeder published a Trilogy in late 2014, titled "Holding the Line in the 21st Century". It lays out the USBP Strategic Evolution driven by the 2012-2016 National Strategic Plan, the current Risk Based Strategy, and how USBP is using Risk Indicators to measure security on the Border. You can download the Trilogy, and the 2012-2014 Border Patrol Strategic Plan.

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