Trump administration considers tapping U.S. TSA funds for border - source

Reuters | May 22, 2019

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is considering tapping more than $230 million from the Transportation Security Administration to fund operations on the U.S.-Mexico border if Congress fails to approve additional funding, a person briefed on the matter said. NBC News reported the plan earlier, citing documents of a contingency plan to fund $1.1 billion in southern border efforts. The U.S. House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee said on Tuesday it had not received any notification from DHS that it plans to shift existing funds. NBC News said TSA could shift $50 million that had been set aside to buy advanced airport screening equipment and $64 million from a workers’ compensation fund for injured TSA employees. The White House on May 1 asked Congress for $4.5 billion in emergency funds to address the rising number of people crossing the southwestern border with Mexico.

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Digital transformation is having a major impact on government, as organizations increasingly harness the power of the cloud and digital technologies to optimize their operations, transform their services, empower employees and engage citizens.

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