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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.

Jul 8, 2014

Chemical Facility Security, Border Security, Emergency Communications Bills Passed By House

The House also passed the Department of Homeland Security Interoperable Communications Act (HR 4289), which was introduced by Subcommittee ranking member Donald Payne (D-NJ). This legislation addresses the recommendations of a November 2012 DHS Office of Inspector General report which found DHS lacks an effective governance structure to ensure interoperable communications among its components.

Jun 26, 2014

Bill Would Clarify Responsibility for Interoperable Communications at DH

The DHS Interoperable Communications Act, HR-4289, was introduced by Rep. Donald Payne Jr., D-N.J., and would direct the undersecretary to develop policies and directives to achieve and maintain interoperable communications among the components of the department.

Jun 25, 2014

At hearing on Super Bowl security performance in NJ, lawmakers hear about future threats

It's generally agreed that the security effort at the recent Super Bowl played in New Jersey was a resounding success. Fred Roberts directs a program at Rutgers University that studies stadium security. He told New Jersey Rep. Donald Payne and others that future terror threats could come in forms such as cyber-attacks or someone hacking into a car's computer system to control its braking and acceleration outside a stadium.

Jun 24, 2014

For Super Bowl security, experts say communication was key

The Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications convened a hearing at NJIT at the request of Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-10th District), its ranking Democrat, to examine security measures taken for the 2014 Super Bowl.

Jun 24, 2014


Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) as Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, hosted a field hearing entitled: “Mass Gathering Security: A Look at the Coordinated Approach to Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey and Other Large Scale Events.”

Jun 11, 2014

Committee Passes Payne Emergency Communications Bill; Accepts Amendment to Improve Interoperable Communications

Today, H.R. 4289, the DHS Interoperable Communications Act, a bill Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) introduced, unanimously passed through the House Committee on Homeland Security.