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4:34 pm, February 27, 2015

DHS News

Congress aims for short-term Homeland Security bill

Congress aims for short-term Homeland Security bill, averting shutdown at midnight

Updated 07 minutes, 06 seconds ago

DHS, GSA kick off CDM phase 2 with $29M deal

Knowledge Consulting Group will implement tools and services from three vendors on the Homeland Security Department's network.

Updated 14 minutes, 11 seconds ago

Coast Guard Commandant lays out 'significant challenges' of DHS shutdown

Like all other Homeland Security Department components eagerly awaiting action from Congress on a funding bill, the Coast Guard is preparing for a worst-case scenario. Should an appropriations lapse occur, Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft said the Coast Guard's workforce, acquisition programs and daily operations would be "adversely affected."

Friday - 02/27/2015, 11:37am EST

Robert Autry, President, AFGE Local 4060

Funding for DHS expires at midnight tonight, which means Congress is quickly running out of time to pass another continuing resolution. If they don't do it today, nearly 30,000 employees will be furloughed. Among the hardest hit will be FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Robert Autry, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 4060, which represents FEMA headquarters employees here in Washington, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to further explain how a shutdown would impact the agency.

Friday - 02/27/2015, 09:38am EST
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House GOP weighs new approach on Homeland Security

House Republicans eye new approach to avoid Homeland Security partial shutdown

Friday - 02/27/2015, 02:20am EST

Chris Cummiskey, Former Acting Undersecretary for Management, DHS

The full Senate will likely vote on a bill that would fund the Homeland Security Department past Friday's deadline. It's unclear what moves the House will make next. But DHS is preparing for the worst. Chris Cummiskey was acting undersecretary for management at DHS during the government shutdown in 2013. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he told Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp what DHS managers are doing to prepare.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 04:12pm EST
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Administration's cyber sharing proposal a 'policy puzzle,' not a panacea

DHS officials tell Congress that while liability protections are key to encouraging companies to share cyber threat data with federal agencies, the department must also work to earn their trust. It must also work through a "policy puzzle" regarding roles and responsibilities surrounding information sharing.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 09:22am EST
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Heidi Burakiewicz, Partner, Mehri & Skalet PLLC

Stop us if you've heard this before. Congress, divided over policy, threatens to let funding lapse for federal agencies. That would cause furloughs for some, and working without pay for others. The last time it happened, federal employees had grounds for a lawsuit over violations of labor law. Could it happen again for Homeland Security employees? As part of this week's Legal Loop, Heidi Burakiewicz, a partner at the law firm Mehri & Skalet, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some answers.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 09:11am EST
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Deadline near, deal sets up Homeland Security vote in Senate

Senate on track to fund Homeland Security without immigration limit; House uncertain

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 03:14am EST

Furloughed, but not forgotten: Congress pushes DHS shutdown pay

In case of a Friday shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security, the House and Senate have both proposed bills that would give retroactive pay to the agency's 30,000 furloughed employees.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 12:48pm EST

DHS Secretary Johnson baffled by 'absurd' budget conversation

A vote in the Senate could come as early as Thursday on a bill that would fund the Homeland Security Department beyond this Friday. If passed, the bill would still have to clear the House, before being sent to the President's desk. While Congress was busy making moves Wednesday, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson went on the offensive to ensure Congress doesn't shut down his department. 30,000 DHS workers would be sent home and the trickle-down effect on state and local governments and law enforcement organizations would worsen if Congress doesn't pass a bill, Johnson said.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 12:31pm EST

DHS shutdown twofer: Burning money and morale at the same time

Former DHS chief human capital officer Jeff Neal talks about the real costs behind shutting down an agency.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 12:01pm EST

DHS: New cyber threat center is not strictly about cyber

The forthcoming Cyber Threat Intelligence Center would not only serve as a centralized hub for cyber intelligence, but also would fuse cyber information with other intelligence sources and serve as a central point for declassifying secret data about cyber threats.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 04:20am EST
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In a bind, Republicans offer vote on Homeland Security bill

With partial shutdown looming, Republicans offer to vote on Homeland Security funding

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 03:22am EST

DHS on the brink of partial shutdown: Lessons from those who were there

Former DHS leaders say you don't need a shutdown to harm the department. The threat of a partial shutdown is enough to lower employees' morale and slow down progress.

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 05:54pm EST
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IGs ask Congress to strengthen oversight tools

Four inspectors general tell the Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee they need legislative help in order to help them effectively oversee federal agencies.

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 03:58pm EST

GOP struggles for way out as Homeland shutdown looms

McConnell proposes immigration vote to try to resolve impasse over Homeland Security funds

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 10:56am EST

John Palguta, Vice President, Partnership for Public Service

The expiration date for Homeland Security's continuing resolution is fast approaching. The deadline is Friday. And that means Congress has just four days to reach an agreement funding the department for the rest of the year, or furlough roughly 30,000 employees. What should DHS managers be doing to prepare for this possibility? John Palguta, the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some answers.

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 10:38am EST
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GOP struggles for way out as DHS shutdown looms

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 05:17am EST

GOP leader offers immigration vote to try to resolve impasse

McConnell proposes immigration vote to try to resolve impasse over Homeland Security funds

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 03:20am EST
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