Reports

United States and Canada Announce Results of Operation Frozen Timber, a Multi-Agency Probe Targeting Cross-Border Aerial Drug Smuggling

During the course of Operation Frozen Timber, U.S. and Canadian enforcement teams intercepted more than 17 drug loads, including one shipment in February 2005 involving five suitcases packed with 149 kilograms of cocaine.

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Government Accountability Office (GAO) - DHS is Addressing Security at Chemical Facilities, but Additional Authority is Needed

DHS is developing a Chemical Sector-Specific Plan, which is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2006. In addition, DHS has taken a number of other actions to protect the nation's chemical sector from terrorist attacks.

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International Association of Chiefs of Police Capitol Report

Follow up information on the FY 2007 Homeland Security Bill, Chemical Plant Security Bill, and Justice Assistance Grant program.

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DHS Releases Review of Nationwide Catastrophic Event Preparedness

Conducted in all 56 States and territories and 75 urban areas over 6 months, the Nationwide Plan Review was the most comprehensive assessment of emergency operations plans to date relative to planning for a catastrophic event.

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Government Accountability Office (GAO) - Aviation Security: Further Study of Safety and Effectiveness and Better Management Controls Needed If Air Carriers Resume Interest in Deploying Less-than-Lethal Weapons

GAO is recommending that, should air carrier interest in deploying these devices resume, TSA should ensure that there is reliable research supporting their use in an aircraft environment.

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Communicating with the Public Using ATIS During Disasters Prepared for the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration

This document details a concept of operations for dissemination of information to the traveling public during disaster events, through the (ATIS) Advanced Traveler Inforamtion System. This report was prepared by Battelle & PBS&J

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Government Accountability Office (GAO): U.S. Tsunami Preparedness

This report lists coastal areas facing the greatest tsunami hazard, the effectiveness of the existing federal tsunami warning system, & efforts to mitigate the potential impacts, assesses NOAA's efforts to develop long-range plans for federal tsunami

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GAO - Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Coordination between FEMA and the American Red Cross Should Be Improved for the 2006 Hurricane Season

FEMA and the American Red Cross working together for the first time as co-primary agencies for ESF-6 under the National Response Plan-disagreed about their roles & responsibilities.

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ISO Workshop Meeting Explores Standardization for International Emergency Preparedness

The purpose of this meeting was to produce an International Workshop Agreement that could be published by ISO as an immediate deliverable in the area of emergency preparedness.

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Government Accountability Office (GAO) - Observations on Efforts to Implement the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative on the U.S. Border with Canada

DHS and the State Department are within 20 months of the January 2008 deadline for implementing the Travel Initiative, and while the agencies have taken initial steps to carry out the program, broad and extensive challenges remain.

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