Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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DHS Assesses Threats to National Security

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a comprehensive report on threats to American security. The October 2020 Homeland Threat Assessment (HTA) is specifically intended for public consumption, and factors in all of the new challenges DHS faces in light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus 2019) pandemic. The inaugural report...

Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine

Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, a report released by the National Academy of Sciences provides policymakers with a framework to ensure equitable distribution of a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine.   The report begins by addressing the unequal impact of COVID-19 on disadvantaged populations,  and  highlighting  lessons learned from previous mass vaccination...

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COVID-19 and Criminal Justice

The National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice, established by the Council on Criminal Justice, released an interim report addressing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the justice system. This report provides a set of recommendations for immediate action in helping the justice system to manage the current crisis....

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In Focus: Policing Protests

New In Focus now available on Policing Protests. A collection of reports focused on police responses to protests across the country.  The comprehensive list includes research to help facilitate peaceful protests, policing policies that have worked well to contribute to successful and safe demonstrations, as well as lessons learned on how...

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Foreign Intelligence Threat: Increasing Awareness

The FBI and the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) released a short film to increase awareness of foreign intelligence threats. Based on true events, the 30-minute movie, called “The Nevernight Connection,” depicts a fictional story of a former U.S. Intelligence Community official being targeted by a foreign intelligence service...

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UCR Reports U.S. Crime Down in 2019

Federal Bureau of Investigation‘s (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR) has compiled and published crime data in the United States in 2019. As the national repository for crime data collected by law enforcement, the UCR 2019 Crime in the United States (CIUS) is a comprehensive and comparative resource for crime data....

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COVID-19: A Potential Hazard to Democracy

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) maintains a collection of documents that address the negative effects a pandemic like COVID-19 (coronavirus 2019) can have on democracies. IFES has identified seven elements that are at risk of exploitation due to the global crisis: Chaotic elections and a decline in trust...

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan Under the Trump Administration

The U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Health and Human Services have released details on the Trump administration’s COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) vaccine distribution strategy. Specifically, two documents developed in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), From the Factory to the Frontlines: The Operation...

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In Case You Missed It: MMWR and COVID

The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) maintains a collection of the Centers for Disease Control‘s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), which collects and analyzes data from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on epidemiology and public health. Each issue of the MMWR is packed with raw and analyzed public health data...

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DHS Releases Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence: Public Action Plan

In September 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence (CTTV Framework) outlining the Department’s approach to address increasing threats of targeted violence and terrorism. Now in September 2020, they have released the corresponding Public Action Plan which represents the public...