SIA is on the forefront of advocacy in front of government agencies on behalf of the security industry as the association also works to facilitate government purchases of security products and services. Moreover, SIA formed a first-of-its-kind partnership with the Science & Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security to remain on the cutting edge of developments.

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Counting Costs: The Impact of a Government Shutdown on the Security Industry

A federal government shutdown on Oct. 1, 2023, seems all but certain, as the expectation in Washington, D.C., is that Congress will be unable to pass the 12 annual appropriations bills that fund government operations – or even adopt an extension of current spending under a “continuing resolution for temporary relief” – before the beginning…

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Ukraine Is the World’s Drone Laboratory: How Does This Transcend Security in Society?

The war in Ukraine has brought us a ringside view of the most expansive drone technology testing the world has ever seen. Hundreds of simultaneous experiments of aerial, terrestrial and aquatic platforms are being used for combat operations. Real-time reports and researched articles surface daily and reinforce that drone technology is maturing precipitously. Many technological advancements…

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What SIA Members Need to Know About the New FAR Rule on TikTok

In response to the recent surge of security concerns regarding the application TikTok and its parent company, ByteDance Limited, Congress prohibited federal agency and contractor use under Division R, section 102 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, known as the “No TikTok on Government Devices Act,” which was signed into law Dec. 29, 2022.…

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SIA GovSummit Day 1 Keynote: Lee Kair, Principal and Head of Security Risk and Resilience, Federal Strategy Practice, The Chertoff Group Day 2 Keynote: The Honorable Scott Shellenberger, State's Attorney, Baltimore County, Maryland
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Security Industry Association Announces Keynote Speakers for 2023 SIA GovSummit

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The Chertoff Group Principal Lee Kair and Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger will present at SIA’s public policy and government security technology conference taking place May 16-17 in Washington, D.C. SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Security Industry Association (SIA) has announced the keynote speakers for the 2023 SIA GovSummit, SIA’s annual public policy and government security technology…

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Time Is Running Out to Submit a Proposal for BIRD Foundation Homeland Security Funding

Dear Security Industry Association (SIA) members, I would like to inform you of a funding opportunity of up to $1 million for innovative homeland security (HLS) solutions offered through the Israel-United States Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation. The BIRD Foundation has issued a call for proposals to U.S. and Israeli companies to submit…

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How FICAM Revisions Enable New Security Solutions in the Government Sector

Face biometrics now equivalent to fingerprints under FIPS standards For government facilities and civilian organizations alike, establishing an effective physical access control system (PACS) is a top priority. Given the sensitive nature of the resources and information contained within many U.S. government facilities, though, designing a PACS that complies with the latest updates to Federal…

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Calls to End Biometrics for Air Traveler Verification Are Misguided, Put Americans at Risk

In a recent letter to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), several U.S. senators have called for ending the successful and popular use of facial recognition technology for traveler verification at TSA screening checkpoints. Unfortunately, the senators’ demand is based on mischaracterizations despite visible information provided by TSA on how the technology is used. It’s always…

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Transportation Worker Identity Credential: Reviving the Qualified Technology List With Simple Self-Certification Approval Process

The Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) is a biometric-enabled smart card identity credential that is issued to maritime workers to enable unescorted access into secure areas of maritime facilities and vessels regulated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). TWIC is administered by DHS through two component organizations – the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and…

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Omnibus Funding Package for 2023: What’s Relevant for the Security Industry

Inside the $1.7 trillion funding bill: technology upgrade money, grants funding, dollars for school safety, standards projects, even new headquarters for FBI and DHS In the final weeks of 2022, Congress unveiled, and quickly passed, a $1.7 trillion omnibus package to fund the government through September 2023. The sweeping spending package is comprised of 12…

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