Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security is a federal executive department established in 2002 in response to the September 11th terrorist attacks. DHS was formed by combining twenty-two existing federal departments... more +
The Department of Homeland Security is a federal executive department established in 2002 in response to the September 11th terrorist attacks. DHS was formed by combining twenty-two existing federal departments and agencies. The consolidation was aimed at creating a better integrated, more effective organization to respond to terrorist attacks and other varied threats facing the United States and its territories.  less -
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Congress Confirms NIST’s Role in Cybersecurity – and the Continuation of the Cybersecurity Framework

The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014 (CEA) was passed by the House and the Senate on December 11th, and signed by the President on the 18th. The bill formalizes the role of the National Institute for Standards and...more

USCIS Updates Its List of 68 Countries Eligible to Participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

On December 16, 2014, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), in consultation with Department of State, added five new countries to the list of countries eligible...more

Cybersecurity Legislation Focuses on Federal Government Initiatives – Leaves Private Sector Reforms for 2015

One of the few things the parties in Congress can agree upon these days is cybersecurity – at least when it comes to directing the federal government’s cyber activities. In its final days, the 113th Congress reached agreement...more

Congress Passes The Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014: Bringing Federal Agency Information Security into the...

The Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA) was passed by the Senate on December 8th, by the House on December 10th, and by the President on December 18th. It is a comprehensive bill intended to bring...more

Congress Passes Cybersecurity Workforce Legislation

The Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014 was passed by the Senate on September 18th, by the House on December 10th, and signed by the President on December 18th. It contains provisions from the Cybersecurity Workforce...more

I-9 Verification Updates from AILA-DHS Liaison Meeting

On November 6, 2014, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Verification and Documentation Liaison Committee met with USCIS Verification Division and ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Washington, D.C....more

Cybersecurity…At Least There Is One Thing Congress Can Agree On

While most political observers were focused last week on the debates surrounding passage of the so-called “Cromnibus” spending bill, less noted was the fact that the U.S. Congress managed to pass a number of cyber-security...more

Senate Passes Spending Bill: DHS Only Funded Through February 2015

In an unusual weekend session, the US Senate passed the “Cromnibus” government funding bill, providing funding for most government agencies through September 2015. However, the Department of Homeland Security, which includes...more

Cybersecurity Activity During Last Gasp of Lame-Duck Congress

This week, there has been a flurry of last-minute action on various cybersecurity items in both the House and Senate. Much of the legislative activity involved modest adjustments to, or confirmation of, the authority or...more

Executive Order Requires State Agencies and State Contractors to Use E-Verify

On December 3, 2014, Texas Governor Rick Perry issued Executive Order No. RP-80, which requires state agencies and state contractors to use E-Verify. The Order imposes, as a condition of all state contracts for service, a...more

Blog: Alaska Provider Reaches HIPAA Settlement with OCR for Security Deficiencies

On December 8, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced that Anchorage Community Mental Health Services (“ACMHS”) has agreed to settle potential violations of the...more

How to Sponsor Same-Sex Spouse for Green Card

Prior to the Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor in June 2013, in which the Court struck down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), same-sex married couples were not allowed to seek a green card on behalf...more

Guidance on the President’s Immigration Initiatives

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a number of executive orders impacting US immigration policy. The Shapiro Law Group stands ready to assist anyone impacted by President Obama’s executive actions with respect to...more

What Employers Need to Know about the New myE-Verify Program

Last month, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the launch of myE-Verify—a new website for employees. Whereas E-Verify is used by employers, the myE-Verify website is intended to be one-stop shop for employees...more

Guidance on the President’s Immigration, Deportation, and Deferred Action Executive Orders

Among other executive actions, on November 20, 2014, the President announced significant changes to removal and deportation policies, as well as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. ...more

Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration to Affect the Hiring and Retention of Highly Skilled Foreign Employees

The executive actions on immigration that President Obama announced in late November include a hodgepodge of new policies and directives that will impact millions of foreign nationals—both documented and undocumented—now...more

Inspector General’s Report Criticizes the Department of Homeland Security for Inadequate Privacy Policies and Controls

On November 14, 2014, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a report critical of the agency’s performance in protecting personally identifiable information (PII) and...more

Business Litigation Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Set to Decide High Profile Whistleblower Case

On November 4, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the case Department of Homeland Security v. MacLean - a whistleblower protection case that is being closely watched. At issue is whether an employee can be terminated for...more

Texas and 17 States Sue Over the President’s Executive Action on Immigration

On Wednesday, December 3, 2014, the attorneys general and governors of 17 states filed a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief with the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas challenging...more

President Obama Announces Immigration Bills: Real Reform or Band-Aid Fixes?

On November 20, 2014 President Obama announced a series of executive actions to reform the “broken” immigration system after Congress failed to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill this year. These initiatives have...more

E-Verify Keeps Getting in the News – That is the Way USCIS Wants it

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is heavily invested in the success of the E-Verify program, which it sees as the core for all future employer compliance programs. ...more

Why is My I-94 Expiration Date Different from My Form I-797 or Visa?

Form I-94 is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Arrival/Departure Record issued by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to foreign nationals admitted to the U.S. Form I-94 designates the duration of authorized...more

Visa Restrictions on Foreign Entrepreneurs to Ease Under Obama Immigration Directives

President Barack Obama’s immigration directives, announced on November 20, 2014, include a plan to ease visa restrictions, “mak[ing] it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs to stay and...more

President Obama's Executive Action on Immigration

On November 20, 2014, President Obama addressed the nation and outlined his planned executive actions on immigration. The following day he issued two Presidential Memoranda setting forth additional directives for modernizing...more

How Will the White House Announcement on Immigration Affect Your Company?

Most companies will be impacted by the immigration initiatives announced by the White House this week. It will take up to several months for the initiatives to be implemented in order to give the U.S. Department of Homeland...more

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