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DHS offering housing support

DHS prevents homelessness wherever possible and provides short-term emergency shelter and re-housing support when needed.

Monday - 07/30/2012, 11:14am EDT
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FEMA turns to data to fix employee morale problem

Last year, FEMA ranked 231 out of 241 agencies in the Best Places to Work rankings, compiled by the Partnership for Public Service. This year the agency took a deep-dive look at the Employee Viewpoint Survey data to help explain why workers are so unhappy.

Friday - 07/27/2012, 12:52pm EDT

DHS-funded video gives tips to survive a shooter

After last week's shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., the city of Houston has produced a how-to video on surviving a shooter event.

Friday - 07/27/2012, 09:26am EDT

EXCLUSIVE: DHS directorate withdraws controversial vendor checklist

The National Protection and Programs Directorate said it would not put a contractor communication guidance in place that would have required agency leaders to answer 15 questions before meeting with companies. Industry experts said the draft guidance would have had a chilling effect on agency-contractor communication.

Thursday - 07/26/2012, 05:40am EDT
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GAO, FPS disagree over ability to assess federal building risk

The Modified Infrastructure Survey Tool does not provide information about the consequences of security incidents at federal facilities, a GAO auditor said. As a result, agencies cannot effectively deploy countermeasures. Still, Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) said he was happy with FPS' progress in developing MIST.

Wednesday - 07/25/2012, 05:51am EDT
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Coose: Cyber evolution, gains at DHS will continue despite loss of top leadership

Matt Coose left government after more than 20 years. In his final position as director of the Federal Network Service at DHS, he said the agency's cyber capabilities matured. And agency focus on securing federal networks has never been better.

Wednesday - 07/25/2012, 05:31am EDT
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Better reporting needed to curb cyber attacks

Victims need to speak up and report cyber attacks. That's the message from the Bipartisan Policy Center and top security officials, who say only a fraction of attacks are reported each year.

Friday - 07/20/2012, 03:59pm EDT

Senators try compromise to get cyber bill passed

The revised Cybersecurity Act of 2012 removes DHS from having sole oversight authority of critical infrastructure and shares the responsibility across an interagency council. The bill also would make the implementation of cyber standards by critical infrastructure operators voluntary. The legislation encourages an incentive-based program.

Friday - 07/20/2012, 05:28am EDT

Navy sharpens acquisition pencil to find savings

The service is taking a four-pronged approach to improve its procurement process and find savings. A review board looks at all acquisitions to make sure its strategy and contract formation are beneficial. Other agencies, like NASA and DHS, are consolidating more contracts into larger buys.

Thursday - 07/19/2012, 05:33am EDT
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GSA backs sale of island that's home to DHS lab

A federal agency supports a plan to sell New York's Plum Island, home to the country's only laboratory that studies infectious animal diseases that could affect the livestock industry, according to a draft report by the agency.

Wednesday - 07/18/2012, 06:17pm EDT

DHS warns of online scams ahead of the Olympic Games

Homeland Security officials are warning fans of the Olympic Games to be wary of online hackers, who take advantage of highly-publicized events and popular news stories to entice users to click on malicious links that download viruses or prompt for credit card information.

Wednesday - 07/18/2012, 04:44pm EDT

Agencies face 'hodge-podge' guidance on security clearances

The federal government has issued more than 4.8 million security clearances to federal civilians, military service members and contractors. But the process for determining what positions require clearances amounts to little more than a "hodge-podge" across agencies, an official with the Government Accountability Office told Federal News Radio.

Monday - 07/16/2012, 05:53pm EDT
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Napolitano speaks to governors on states' roles in cybersecurity

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano met with governors this weekend to highlight the role states can play in responding to cyber incidents. She spoke at the National Governors Association meeting in Williamsburg, Va.

Monday - 07/16/2012, 09:12am EDT

DHS Blue Teams bear out agency compliance with cybersecurity rules

The agency turns to teams of experts to review how departments are meeting the Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) initiative. DHS plans to expand the use of Blue Teams to the implementation of continuous monitoring and two-factor authentication under Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12.

Monday - 07/16/2012, 05:25am EDT
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DHS management failures threaten terrorism prevention, experts warn

Longstanding problems with integration put DHS' mission to protect the country at risk, former leaders and lawmakers said. Nine years after it was created, the department still struggles to make its many components and agencies work as one.

Friday - 07/13/2012, 03:36pm EDT
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Fed. panel supports Kan. biosecurity lab project

A government-backed committee of the National Research Council issued a report Friday saying the United States would have adequate biosecurity protections even if plans for a proposed $1.14 billion lab in Kansas are scaled back.

Friday - 07/13/2012, 03:25pm EDT

7 agencies make progress on implementing 'cloud first,' GAO says

The Government Accountability Office assessed the performance of seven federal agencies in migrating some of their services to the cloud as required by the Office of Management and Budget. Five of the seven agencies succeeded in meeting OMB's requirements and the other two are expected to be compliant by year's end.

Friday - 07/13/2012, 06:42am EDT

U.S. Border Patrol to eliminate nine interior stations across the country

Budget pressures and a change in mission leads to cuts in U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Border stations in California, Montana, Idaho and Texas face closures that will affect 48 border patrol members.

Thursday - 07/12/2012, 09:05pm EDT
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Witness to border shooting testifies to grand jury

umberto Navarrete told The Associated Press that he testified for about 90 minutes at a San Diego courthouse and told the grand jury he thought the border officials' actions were excessive.

Thursday - 07/12/2012, 07:28pm EDT

OMB to expand vendor offices after initial successful tests

The Veterans Affairs Department said it saved $40 million by using this centralized approach to managing contractors. vendor management organizations also help agencies buy more strategically. OFPP plans to expand strategic sourcing and sets a $2 billion savings goal by 2015.

Thursday - 07/12/2012, 05:43am EDT
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