From: Adrian Courtenay
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: South Texas ICE detention facility to house adults with children
Date: Mon Aug 04 12:17:42 MDT 2014
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August 4, 2014


South Texas ICE detention facility to house adults with children


The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will begin to use its civil detention facility in Karnes City, TX, to house adults with children in response to the influx of families that have recently illegally entered the U.S.

The newly modified Karnes County Residential Center is one of several facilities the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is using to increase the capacity to detain and expedite the removal of adults with children illegally crossing the Southwest border. These facilities will help ensure more timely and effective removals, and deter others from taking the dangerous journey and illegally crossing into the U.S., all while maintaining important due process and protection claims that individuals may have. In addition to the Karnes facility, ICE is also using a temporary facility in Artesia, NM and a long-standing facility in Leesport, PA.  More 

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined the probable cause of a derailment at Paulsboro Bridge in New Jersey, which resulted in a hazardous material release. The derailment occurred because Consolidated Rail Corporation rules allowed the train to proceed past a red signal onto a movable bridge without the rail slide locks being fully engaged. Investigators determined that Conrail relied on a training and qualification program that did not prepare the train crew to adequately examine the bridge lock system.

Contributing to the accident was the lack of a comprehensive safety management program. Such a program would have identified multiple bridge malfunctions, which had been increasing in frequency, and mitigated the risks associated with the continued operation of the bridge."The stakes are too high to leave multiple malfunctions uncorrected  More


A class of Spanish students have become the first Europeans to complete the International Taskforce Agent Training (ITAT) program, hosted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). They trained at a federal training center in Georgia.

The 22 law enforcement officials are joining the fight against transnational criminal organizations after spending three weeks in classroom seminars and practical exercises as part of the ITAT program, which provides vetted foreign law enforcement officers with training very similar to that of the agency's special agents.  More    

Wave Systems Corp. of Lee, MA has announced it is partnering with chip lifecycle management solutions company, Bell ID, to offer a joint solution aimed at reducing online payment fraud. The solution will be marketed primarily to card issuing banks, as well as online merchants, governments, and enterprises worldwide.

Using Bell ID's Trusted Service Manager and Secure Element in The Cloud server, alongside Wave's ERAS for TPM management and Wave's endpoint identity and monitoring expertise, the combined offering provides robust protection for transactions and stored payments. The companies have executed a letter of intent and anticipate the signing of a definitive agreement in August.  More 


Joe Albaugh

Provo, UT-based Vivint, a provider of home automation services, has announced that Joe Albaugh has joined the company as chief security officer. Albaugh brings 20 years of experience to this role, including past positions as chief information security officer for three large, critical infrastructure agencies of the U.S. government. As chief security officer, Albaugh will direct the security strategy and initiatives across all areas of the company.

Before joining Vivint, Albaugh was the chief information security officer for the U.S. Department of Transportation, overseeing the information assurance and cyber security efforts within the department, including more than 440 information systems and 100,000 people. Prior to this role, Albaugh was the chief information security officer for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), where he helped redesign the organization's cyber security program.  More    

Patrick Oliver Graf

Mountain View, CA-based NCP engineering has announced that it has appointed Patrick Oliver Graf as its new CEO. Previously general manager, he now leads the remote access VPN provider's overall vision for ongoing growth and development.

Graf is an industry veteran with more than 19 years of technology sector experience in product management, marketing, and international direct and channel sales and had been key in growing NCP's worldwide channel partner network. Prior to joining NCP, Graf led another remote access technology provider's U.S. operations and grew its business internationally by building a global distribution network.

NCP engineering offers a full range of IPsec and SSL VPN solutions, including its centrally managed Secure Enterprise Management (SEM) 3.0 system and suite of Secure Enterprise Clients.  More 

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