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Boston shut down as bombing suspects chased down

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The greater Boston area is shut down with bus and subway service suspended and local businesses and universities closed, as federal and local authorities chase down two men believed to have carried out the Boston Marathon bombings.

Law enforcement, homeland security, White House vow to find Boston bomber

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Federal, state and local investigators are in the initial stages of tracking down the person or persons responsible for two bombs detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15 that killed three people and wounded over 100, but said no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The latest details to emerge from the afternoon of chaos in the city included news that the bombs  -- which were stuffed in trashcans near the race route  -- contained ball bearings or BBs meant to cause even more substantial injuries to bystanders.

GSN 2012 Awards announced: White House deputy of homeland security recognized for leadership at annual gala

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Hundreds of the best of the homeland security community’s federal, state and municipal government officials, government contractors, systems integrators, IT vendors and physical security product and solutions providers all came together the night of November 29 in a ballroom of the Washington, D.C. convention center to receive accolades.

The GSN awards dinner, which has become a Washington tradition over the last four years, offered a chance for the excellence and civic-minded spirit of homeland security efforts nationwide to be recognized.

GSN 2012 Homeland Security Awards program open for entries

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The Government Security News 2012 Homeland Security Awards Program officially opened for entries on May 1, once again featuring 45 Awards in three broad Categories:Best Vendors of IT Security Products and Solutions, Best Vendors of Physical Security Products and Solutions and the 2011 Government Excellence Awards.

Obama seeks three percent hike in discretionary budget at DHS

Despite official murmurings a few months ago that the fiscal year 2011 budget request for DHS might decline slightly, the budget package unveiled on February 1 actually shows a three percent increase in “discretionary spending” by DHS in 2011, versus the prior year, and modest growth, at approximately the predicted rate of inflation, in the outer years.

GSA implements objective scorecards used to grade federal contractor performance

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St. Petersburg, FL, - In a new development for the General Services Administration (GSA) government buyers have begun implementing a new way to evaluate a contractor’s performance on active contracts. The GSA has started using what they like to call “Objective Scorecards” in order to increase the speed and efficiency of the way contractors are graded for their work. Every scorecard allows each contractor to grade themselves based on a variety of criteria. This score is then incorporated to the overall evaluation conducted by the government buyer who awarded the contract.

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Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Peter MacKay meets with U.S. Attorney General Lynch on cross-border crime and justice issues

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Honourable Peter MacKay

Washington, DC, July 28 - Today, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, met with United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch. The meeting of the two officials is the most recent example of the long-standing cooperation between Canada and the United States and of their shared commitment to keep streets and communities safe.

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Africa risks large meningitis outbreak

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Geneva, July 28 – With Africa at risk of a large meningitis outbreak, an acute shortage of meningitis C-containing vaccine threatens to severely limit the world’s ability to minimize the number of people affected, four international public health organizations warned.

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U.S. Mexico border safer thanks to Operation Drawbridge Inter-agency cooperation

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Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of accounts on exceptional accomplishments in homeland security as described in winning entries in GSN’s recently completed Airport, Seaport, Border Security Awards Program. 

CBP Operation Drawbridge: Winner, Most Notable Border Security Program

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