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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Supreme Court Backs Whistleblowing Air Marshall

On January 21st, the Supreme Court affirmed a former air marshal's right to whistleblower protection relating to his leaking of air security plans to the media. The 7-2 decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts in the...more

Supreme Court Decides Department of Homeland Security v. MacLean

On January 21, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Department of Homeland Security v. MacLean, holding that an Air Marshal was entitled to whistleblower status after disclosing plans to remove Air Marshals from certain...more

An ICE Detainer is Merely a Request—Not a Requirement

Law enforcement officers and agencies are often faced with deciding whether they are required to detain an otherwise releasable prisoner when there is a detainer on the prisoner from the federal Department of Immigration and...more

Early Immigration Action in New Congress

The 114th Congress recently took office, and there has already been action on the immigration front. The House voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) but to block President Obama’s recent executive actions on...more

DOL to Modernize Recruitment and Application Requirements for the PERM Program

Before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may approve certain employment-based immigrant petitions, U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) must certify that (a) there are not sufficient U.S. workers who are able, willing,...more

Temporary Protected Status Extended for El Salvador

The Department of Homeland Security has extended Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) for eligible nationals of El Salvador for an additional period of 18 months, effective March 10, 2015, through Sept. 9, 2016....more

White House Takes Action on Data Breach, Cybersecurity and Privacy; Calls on Congress to Follow Its Lead

2014 has been described as the "Year of the Data Breach." With data breaches, cyber attacks and privacy issues regularly in the news, the White House orchestrated a series of events this week to highlight administration...more

The Devil is in the Details: What Employers and Businesses Need to Know About the President’s Executive Actions on Immigration

When President Barack Obama first addressed the nation to unveil his Immigration Accountability Executive Actions, the media and the internet were in a frenzy to see who could get the story out first. Despite the fact that...more

Temporary Federal Immigration Relief May Help Address Construction Labor Shortages

U.S. Work Authorization to Be Available - A new recruitment source may soon be available to employers for additional workers to do construction or other work. Up to 4 or 5 million presently undocumented people from...more

Electronic I-9 Compliance Systems: Choosing the Right Fit

A growing trend in I-9 compliance is the use of electronic software to manage I-9 and E-Verify compliance responsibilities. This shift towards electronic solutions brings along some significant challenges due to the rigorous...more

Two New Laws Give DHS Increased Cybersecurity Authority

Two recently enacted laws give the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) increased authority and ability to contain cybersecurity threats and breaches. Congress passed both the Federal Information Security Modernization Act...more

Implementation Dates Delayed for REAL ID-Compliant Driver Licenses, ID Cards

The REAL ID Act prohibits federal agencies, effective May 11, 2008, from accepting a state-issued driver’s license or identification card for any official purpose unless the license or card is issued by a State that meets the...more

Congress Passes Five Cybersecurity Bills During The Lame Duck

Congress surprised many by passing five cybersecurity bills during the post-election “lame duck” session that concluded last week. The White House has indicated that the President will sign all five measures into law. ...more

Congress Passes Bill Clarifying Homeland Security’s Role in Fighting Cyberthreats

On December 10, the U.S. Senate passed by voice vote S. 2519, the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center Act of 2014. The bill would amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (12 U.S.C. § 121 et seq.) by...more

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

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