Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

President Obama Unveils New Cyber Security Initiatives

“If we’re going to be connected, then we need to be protected.” – President Barack Obama   Yesterday, President Barack Obama gave the first in a series of three subsequent speeches rolling out the administration’s efforts to strengthen cyber security and promote individual privacy.  (President Obama’s remarks are available in...

USGS Highlights Natural Hazards of 2014

From earthquakes and landslides to volcanic eruptions and drought, Mother Nature was definitely a force to be reckoned with in 2014. On January 7, 2015 the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) outlined many instances of some of the worst natural disasters that occurred not only throughout the United States, but throughout...

OIG Finds Flaws in Border Patrol Drone Program

“The $443 million CBP plans to spend on the Unmanned Aircraft Program expansion could be put to better use by investing in alternatives.” –Office of the Inspector General As border security has become a more prevalent policy issue, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Air and Marine (OAM)...

State Route 530 Landslide Commission: Final Report

In March of last year, a massive landslide devastated the rural region known as Steelhead Haven in the state of Washington. This landslide of historic proportions became known as the Oso Landslide and the State Route (SR) 530 Landslide. The SR 530 Landslide killed forty-three people and destroyed the infrastructure...

On the Homefront: 2014 – A Year in Review

In 2014, the Homeland Security Digital Library’s (HSDL) blog On the Homefront covered some of the year’s headline stories. From the Ebola Outbreak to the CIA Interrogation Report, On the Homefront documented many of the top stories of 2014 by highlighting new additions to the HSDL collection. Here are some...

NSA Releases Misuse Reports to the President’s Intelligence Oversight Board (IOB)

After the fallout from the release of classified documents highlighting United States government surveillance programs by Edward Snowden in the spring of 2013, the National Security Agency (NSA) has been highly criticized for its role in the unlawful collection of information on U.S. citizens. In an effort to show that...

The National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) Helps Identify Law Enforcement Needs

On December 22nd, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released a report that details more than 5.6 million criminal offenses in 2013 through the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program made this report, NIBRS 2013, to provide information about victims, known offenders and relationships between 23...

CBP Border Security Report: Fiscal Year 2014

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its CBP Border Security Report for Fiscal Year 2014. This end of year statistical report provides the American public with, “…enforcement statistics from the DHS Office of Immigration Statistics, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

Contagion: A look at “Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases 2014”

Trust for America’s Health partnered with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to release “Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases 2014” this month. The report uses the recent outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) to identify shortcomings in the nation’s ability to manage severe infectious disease threats. The study...

The Results are in: National Health Security Preparedness Index 2014

The National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI) is one the nation’s premier utilities for assessing the performance of American health care systems. NHSPI recently released its National Index Results for 2014. The data evaluates health care systems on the basis of six domains, 18 sub-domains, and 194 different proficiency measures within...