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12:48 am, April 25, 2015

DHS News

Hope springs eternal for cyber laws after House approval

Lawmakers overwhelmingly passed the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act and the Protecting Cyber Networks Act this week. These are the first cybersecurity information sharing bills with broad support in more than five years.

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 12:38pm EDT

DHS continues to face acquisition management hurdles

Only two of the 22 Homeland Security Department programs the Government Accountability Office reviewed were on track to meet initial schedule and cost parameters. However, the GAO report's author is "cautiously optimistic" about DHS' efforts to improve its acquisition management.

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 06:17pm EDT

John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says he's tired of the negative talk about morale. He tells the House subcommittee on government operations, "One of the ways that you improve morale is to stop continually telling my workforce that you have lousy morale." He said a plan is underway and things are getting better. Still, Homeland Security sits atop the list of worst big agencies. John Palguta is vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with his take.

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 09:04am EDT
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Gil Kerlikowski, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Customs and Border Protection enforces 500 laws for 47 federal agencies. Now the agency of more than 60,000 employees has its first comprehensive strategic plan in nearly a decade. Gil Kerlikowski is the Commissioner of CBP. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the plan.

Monday - 04/20/2015, 09:55am EDT
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Cyber changes at DHS, White House

Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:20am EDT

Congress launches tip line for feds as it takes 'worst' agencies to task

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who oversees the House panel on government operations, says he wants to hear feds' work-related concerns. He created the email hotline after conducting a hearing entitled "The Worst Places to Work in the Federal Government," with three agencies that have struggled with employee morale.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:07pm EDT

Homeland Security chief: Focus on morale hurts morale

Homeland Security Department Secretary Jeh Johnson arrived on Capitol Hill Thursday with a message for lawmakers: Stop focusing on low morale at my agency -- you're only making it worse.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 01:50pm EDT

Cyber award to Booz Allen begins CDM's value-chain evolution

DHS and OMB says the continuous diagnostics and mitigation program will begin to show 'intrinsic value' to the government as more and more agencies benefit from the cyber tools and services. GSA's $39 million award to Booz Allen is the second of six awards for tools and services under the program.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:22am EDT
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DHS defends FY 2016 cyber budget before Senate subcommittee

The total request for cyber programs at DHS adds up to $1.4 billion. That's just part of the total White House budget request for cyber, which is up 11 percent for FY 2016, or $13.9 billion.

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 06:05pm EDT

Why can't the government dominate in cyber space?

Former DHS Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute discusses the difficulty of establishing a strong cybersecurity program within the federal government on this week's Women of Washington radio show.

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 09:00am EDT

John Roth, Inspector General, DHS

Customs and Border Protection is close to a final solution for its overtime problem. The agency has a program called Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime, or AUO, to give managers flexibility in scheduling. John Roth is Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security. His office completes a deep dive on AUO at CBP. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Roth explained how the program works, the problems he looked at, and the progress the agency is making in fixing the issues.

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 04:57pm EDT
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Christian Beckner, Deputy Director, Center for Cyber and Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security is releasing its latest annual report on the National Network of Fusion Centers. The assessment is the fourth the agency has released about how the fusion centers are functioning, and how well they're functioning. Christian Beckner is deputy director of the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said this report corrects a misconception about where the money comes from for the centers.

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 04:53pm EDT
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Second protest further delays DHS cyber program

HP Enterprise Services submitted a protest to the Government Accountability Office on March 9 of the $29 million award to Knowledge Consulting Group under task order 2.

Friday - 04/03/2015, 03:07pm EDT

DHS trying to smooth the integration of cloud, network security programs

The Homeland Security Department and the FedRAMP program management office released a draft crosswalk between the cloud cybersecurity program and the Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) initiative. The goal is to make it easier for federal workers to access their network and apps securely through mobile devices.

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 10:00am EDT

Congressman Hurd flashes IT oversight muscle at DHS

In his new two-page bill, the Department of Homeland Security IT Duplication Reduction Act, Congressman Will Hurd is calling on the DHS chief information officer to reduce the number of IT systems used by the agency. This story is part of Federal News Radio's weekly feature, Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

Monday - 03/30/2015, 04:37am EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: OFPP procurement reform; IT oversight at DHS; longtime execs retire

In this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller examines the unintended consequences of 1990s procurement reform and how OFPP plans to address them. Plus, multiple congressmen crack down on duplication issues at the Department of Homeland Security. Also in this edition, what's behind the retirement of a long-time CIO at Education and a procurement executive at Veterans Affairs?

Monday - 03/30/2015, 04:15am EDT
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Boko Haram & the drug war in Mexico

Mark Schroeder and Tristan Reed from Stratfor, will give us an update on the terrorist group Boko Haram, and the latest news on the Mexican drug war.
March 27, 2015

Friday - 03/27/2015, 07:43pm EDT
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Homeland Security No. 2 accused of improper influence

Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas helped efforts to secure the visas in ways that created the appearance of favoritism and special access, the DHS IG said Tuesday.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 03:16am EDT

Christine Lee, Program Manager, S&T First Responders Group, DHS

Law enforcement, ambulance and fire: Dispatchers using a base station to communicate with first-responders in the field can now upgrade and reconfigure their system for less than $500. The Radio Internet-Protocol Communications Module (RIC-M) could save an agency as much as $15,000 to replace an entire system. Christine Lee is the program manager for the Science and Technology First Responders Group at Homeland Security. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the device and what DHS is doing with it.

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 09:53am EDT
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House bill offers liability protection for information sharing

New bill to strengthen information sharing is a top legislative priority for House Homeland Security Committee.

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 06:32pm EDT
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