Author: Stephanie

Cyber Disruption is Inevitable, but Resistance is Not Futile

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has released a 104-page Cyber Disruption Response Planning Guide. “This guide is both a practical implementation document and a call to action for states to develop state cyber disruption response plans that include: a governance structure that clearly designates who is...

CRS Resources on the SCOTUS Appointment Process

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is one of the HSDL’s favorite resources for high-quality research on government topics. In light of the recent passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, we’ve gathered together several CRS reports on the Supreme Court nomination and approval process. Questioning Supreme Court Nominees about Their Views on...

Border Fences, Looted Antiquities, and Indicted Senators (Oh my!)

Just in time for your weekend reading list – our roundup of recently entered CRS reports. 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force: Issues Concerning Its Continued Application Is this the best way to authorize counterterrorism? “Nevertheless, the Obama Administration still finds itself relying on 2001 AUMF authority not only...

CRS at Home: Human Trafficking, Marijuana, Terrorists and More

There’s never a dull moment at the Congressional Research Service. Here are some recently added CRS reports from the HSDL collection: Domestic Human Trafficking Legislation in the 114th Congress [April 16, 2015]  by Kristin M. Finklea,  Adrienne L. Fernandes-Alcantara & Alison Siskin Keystone XL Pipeline: Overview and Recent Developments [April...

CRS Around the World: Cuba, El Salvador, Iran and Venezuela

At the HSDL we collect Congressional Research Service reports on a variety of topics. Here are some recently added reports about international relations and concerns: Cuba: U.S. Restrictions on Travel and Remittances [April 10, 2015]  by Mark P. Sullivan El Salvador: Background and U.S. Relations [April 9, 2015] by Clare...

CRS “R” Us

Did you know the HSDL has a vast collection of CRS Reports and Issue Briefs? These reports, from the Congressional Research Service, are available to the public on our site, no login required. Below is a selection of recently added and highly relevant reports for homeland security readers: Balancing Tourism...

Pres. Obama authorizes air strikes to recapture Mosul Dam

Yesterday, President Obama notified Congress, per the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148), that on August 14 he authorized air strikes in Iraq to recapture the Mosul Dam. Earlier this month, Pres. Obama authorized targeted air strikes in Iraq to support forces fighting to break the siege on Mount Singar....

Missouri Governor directs National Guard to help restore peace and order in Ferguson

Gov. Jay Nixon signed Executive Order 14-09 today, which orders and directs additional resources through the National Guard to “aid the executive officials of Missouri” and “to protect life and property.” Additionally, the State Highway Patrol is authorized to restrict and/or close streets and thoroughfares in order to maintain peace...