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DHS News

Agencies doing job they already paid FPS to do

A new Government Accountability Office report says the Federal Protective Service isn't doing enough to safeguard more than 9,000 federal buildings.

Tuesday - 09/11/2012, 03:46pm EDT

DHS surfing the retirement wave, turns focus to leadership, morale

Catherine Emerson, the agency's chief human capital officer, said the annual turnover rate is only 1.35 percent for its 240,000 employees. She said new programs, called Cornerstone and Capstone, are trying to ensure employees have the leadership training necessary for the future. The Coast Guard also is increasing employee engagement as it prepares to move into its new headquarters at St. Elizabeth's in Washington.

Monday - 09/10/2012, 11:14am EDT
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FOIA backlog grows even as agencies process more requests

Agencies dedicated more money and personnel to FOIA processing in 2011, but requests grew even faster.

Monday - 09/10/2012, 05:32am EDT

White House draft cyber order promotes voluntary critical infrastructure protections

The administration is considering using an executive order to promote and encourage critical infrastructure providers to improve their cybersecurity. The draft EO, which Federal News Radio obtained details of, mirrors major sections of the second version of the Lieberman- Collins comprehensive cyber bill.

Friday - 09/07/2012, 07:48pm EDT
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Settlement in works in ICE discrimination case

A federal lawsuit that resulted in the resignation of a senior aide to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano might be settled out of court.

Tuesday - 09/04/2012, 05:20pm EDT

Management successes paving the way for One-DHS

Rafael Borras, the Homeland Security Department's undersecretary for management, said in an exclusive interview with Federal News Radio, improvements to back-office functions show how interdependent the agency has become over the last few years. DHS is managing its acquisition, financial management and human capital processes through a holistic approach.

Tuesday - 09/04/2012, 03:59pm EDT
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ICE chief of staff resigns amid misconduct claims

A senior Obama administration political appointee and longtime aide to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano resigned Saturday amid allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior lodged by at least three Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees.

Saturday - 09/01/2012, 11:49pm EDT

Agencies get better at 'whole of government' info sharing

The head of the federal government's information sharing initiative says agencies are doing a better job in a post-9/11 environment. Kshemendra Paul is the program manager for the Information Sharing Environment.

Thursday - 08/30/2012, 12:59pm EDT
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ICE chief of staff accused of sexual misconduct

At least three employees at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have made serious complaints alleging inappropriate sexual behavior by a senior Obama administration political appointee and longtime aide to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Saturday - 08/25/2012, 01:38pm EDT

DHS probes claim of power plant cyber defect

If the claims are true, it means hackers could spy on network traffic, obtain credentials to get on the inside and attack the power plants.

Wednesday - 08/22/2012, 09:36am EDT

DHS' strategic vision for the future

Homeland Security Department Chief Procurement Officer Nick Nayak will talk about the agency's acquisition goals.
August 21, 2012(Encore presentation September 18, 2012)

Tuesday - 08/21/2012, 10:58pm EDT
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CBP employees develop mobile doc scanner

Since March 2010, the device has helped to catch 450 drug traffickers, weapons smugglers and potential terror suspects. The developers of the technology are finalists for the 2012 Service to America Medal.

Tuesday - 08/21/2012, 09:58am EDT
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Automakers not doing enough to protect cars against cyber attacks, experts say

They say hackers who want to steal cars or just eavesdrop on conversations may have an easy time of it.

Monday - 08/20/2012, 08:46am EDT

Treasury tackles IT reviews in a new way

Not all agencies are using TechStat for IT projects that are in trouble. In an exclusive report, Federal News Radio finds agencies are seeing unexpected benefits in applying the evaluation tool to programs that are on track. Treasury used TechStat to figure out how best to consolidate three procurement systems.

Thursday - 08/16/2012, 05:16am EDT
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ICE chief of staff takes leave pending IG review

Suzanne Barr, the chief of staff for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has placed herself on leave pending a review by the DHS Office of Inspector General and the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility. The review focuses on accusations made in a lawsuit filed by a fellow ICE employee.

Wednesday - 08/15/2012, 12:16pm EDT

TSA gets positive reviews from most Americans, poll finds

A Gallup poll finds that 54 percent of Americans think the Transportation Security Administration is doing a good or excellent job.

Friday - 08/10/2012, 09:06am EDT

Inside the Border Patrol

George McCubbin, head of AFGE's National Border Patrol Council, shares what it's like on the job of a border patrol agent.
August 8, 2012(Encore presentation August 22, 2012)

Wednesday - 08/08/2012, 01:16pm EDT
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NIST issuing ID cards for testing

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is making it easier for agencies to test the use of logical access control for applications.

Monday - 08/06/2012, 07:35am EDT

TSA labor deal includes revamped performance reviews, due process

The historic labor agreement covering 45,000 transportation security officers (TSOs) overhauls the current pay-for-performance system, puts in place a grievance process for workplace disputes and increases the uniform allowance.

Friday - 08/03/2012, 11:26am EDT
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Former national security adviser calls for streamlined DHS oversight

Homeland security has improved, but the reforms mean DHS reports to 108 oversight committees and subcommittees, leading to wasted hours at hearing after hearing.

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 09:32pm EDT
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