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Jul 20, 2014

Boko Haram: US To Impose Tougher Sanctions

In Newark during a #BringBackOurGirls rally which was organised by Nigerians in the region at the weekend, Congressman, Donald Payne Jr, said that what is happening in Nigeria now was just a tip of an iceberg, which was also indicative of the further dangers that the sect could still pose in Nigeria if the United States did not impose tougher sanctions on the terrorists.

Jul 18, 2014

NEMA reacts to passage of energy and water funding bill

NEMA commented on House passage of FY2015 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, which funds DOE. HR 4923 provides $160 million for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, which leads research and development activities for transmission, Smart Grid, energy storage, and cybersecurity.

Jul 15, 2014

DHS could get a bit more social

Legislation moving through Congress would put a more-public face on the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate's existing committee charged with harnessing social media in the wake of public emergencies, including terrorist attacks.

Jul 11, 2014

House Passes Payne Smart Grid Study as Part of Larger Appropriations Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a provision requested by Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) as part of the Energy and Water Appropriations Act of 2015, which would dedicate $1 million to the study of the nation’s electric grid and determine actions to be taken to strengthen, modernize, and upgrade the nation’s power systems to better withstand natural disasters and cyber attacks.

Jul 11, 2014

House OKs Homeland Security, Communications Bills

Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-N.J.), ranking member for the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications, introduced HR 4289 to establish a governance structure for communications across DHS components.

Jul 10, 2014

House passes bill to improve communications within DHS

Last night, the House passed legislation to improve communications between DHS's 22 component parts. The bill was introduced by Rep. Donald Payne (D- NJ), who is the ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness and the prime sponsor of the DHS Interoperable Communications Act.

Jul 10, 2014

House passes bills tackling DHS communications during disasters

When disaster strikes, the Department of Homeland Security wants communication to be smoother, faster and more efficient at every level. Congress took steps toward that goal with the passage of H.R. 4289, the DHS Interoperable Communications Act introduced by Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-N.J.).

Jul 9, 2014

DHS Interoperable Communications Act Aims To Achieve Interoperable Communications

The DHS Interoperable Communications Act (HR 4289) passed by the House would clarify the Undersecretary for Management’s responsibilities related to communications systems at DHS by charging the Undersecretary with developing “policies and directives to achieve and maintain interoperable communications among the components of the Department.”

Jul 9, 2014

House passes bill to boost DHS use of social media in emergencies

Legislation to establish Department of Homeland Security standards for emergency responses on social media during terrorist attacks passed in the House on Tuesday. Passed 375-19, the bill would create a working group within DHS to provide guidance on the use of social media before, during and after terrorist attacks.

Jul 9, 2014

House passes DHS bill to enhance social media use in disasters

Rep. Donald Payne, a Democrat whose home state of New Jersey was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, co-sponsored the bill. Before the legislation passed the House, he recalled how social media “galvanized ordinary citizens into action” along the Atlantic Coast in 2012 and after the Boston Marathon bombings last year.