By Jerry Markon
The Washington Post

The Department of Homeland Security is rethinking its plan to build a massive headquarters in Southeast Washington and has proposed a new approach that would cut costs by nearly 20 percent while bringing thousands more employees to the site, according to documents and federal officials.

The headquarters complex — to be built on the grounds of St.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria has failed to slow the pace of foreign fighters flocking to join the Islamic State and other extremist groups, including at least 3,400 from Western nations among 20,000 from around the world, U.S. intelligence officials say in an updated estimate of a top terrorism concern.

By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Yesterday, Iranian-linked rebels were reported as enforcing violent control of the capital of Yemen, attacking protestors to their rule. The violence triggered Washington to abandon its embassy in Sanaa. Britain and France followed suit, exiting the country of a diplomatic presence.

In 2013, the embassy had already been reduced to essential staff only prior to abandoning it yesterday, but, in theory, no U.S.

By Dave Lewis
The Associated Press

If you have a Samsung SmartTV the answer is, well, it very well could be. The news broke this week that Samsung has a TV that can listen in to your conversations, record them and then upload the information to servers under their control.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is setting up a new agency designed to coordinate cyberthreat intelligence that currently is spread across the federal government.

The agency will be modeled after the National Counter Terrorism Center, which was established after 9/11 to coordinate terrorism intelligence. The lack of such an agency before led to missed opportunities to thwart the 2001 terrorist attacks.

By Anthony Kimery, Editor-in-Chief HSToday
Special for In Homeland Security

Two bipartisan bills to enhance airport security measures and ensure funding is spent in a cost-effective manner by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have been introduced by Rep. John Katko (R-NY), a former 20-year prosecutor who is the new chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Transportation Security.
By Erica Werner and Alicia A. Caldwell
The Associated Press

Spending for the Department of Homeland Security hangs in the balance as Congress fights over immigration matters in the agency's annual funding bill. Without action by Feb. 27, the department's budget will shut off.

By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Germany’s Parliament is getting ready to review the NSA with a Parliamentary inquiry. Both Britain and the U.S. are threatening to discontinue sharing intelligence with Germany as a result. This ‘threat’ has not been verified. However, with tensions as they are and a crisis meeting to discuss intelligence in Germany’s intelligence sharing, the threat may be genuine.