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DHS News

McCain again makes his case to increase DoD's cyber role

The Arizona senator sent the third in a series of letters to Gen. Keith Alexander trying to explain why DoD, not DHS, should be in charge of defending critical infrastructure from cyber attacks. He said the administration's approach would create another layer of bureaucracy and slow down responses to threats.

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 05:56am EDT

Congressional committee considers criminal referral for TSA

House staff report suggests TSA delayed, misled congressional investigators about contents of Texas warehouse that holds security screening equipment.

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 05:20am EDT
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Proposed cybersecurity funding less than DHS asked for

The Department of Homeland Security would receive 63 percent more money in fiscal 2013 under the bill. That would add roughly $300 million more dollars to the cyber budget, which is just $20 million shy of the agency's request.

Wednesday - 05/09/2012, 07:38am EDT

Agency heads finding light at end of fed-bashing tunnel

Some departments are improving personnel practices around recruitment and knowledge management even in the face of pay freezes and criticisms of public servants. DHS created a higher education engagement group to bring in college students. GSA finds quality of applicants still strong. Senior leaders highlight successes during Public Service Recognition Week.

Wednesday - 05/09/2012, 05:20am EDT
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US, China to cooperate more on cyber threat

Asserting that cyberattacks against the U.S. don't come only from China, the U.S. and Chinese defense ministers said they agreed Monday to work together on cyber issues to avoid miscalculations that could lead to future crises.

Monday - 05/07/2012, 11:40pm EDT

Suspicious emails target gas pipeline operators

The Department of Homeland Security is urging natural gas pipeline operators to look out for suspicious emails. The agency said they are part of an organized cyber attack that began five months ago.

Monday - 05/07/2012, 09:38am EDT

DoD, DHS officials keep pressure on Congress for new cyber laws

The government is working with a cobbled-together set of authorities and responsibilities when it comes to protecting networks from cyber threats, a top Homeland Security Department cyber official said Wednesday. Congress needs to act soon to update the nation's cybersecurity posture, he said.

Thursday - 05/03/2012, 05:19am EDT
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Feds rank leadership low in annual survey

The Partnership for Public Service took a closer look at the data from the 2011 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey and discovered that feds aren't too happy with their leaders. Senior leaders especially received low rankings from federal employees.

Thursday - 04/26/2012, 09:09am EDT

Performance improvement has 'turned the corner' in government

Shelley Metzenbaum said agencies are doing a better job in setting outcome-based goals and using data to measure their progress. OPM is finalizing guidance and training to use the competence models for performance improvement positions. Treasury and DHS are setting their own path to using data to meet their mission goals.

Wednesday - 04/25/2012, 05:55am EDT
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Exclusive: State's Toler joins DHS to run network resilience office

Danny Toler becomes the second State Department official to go to the Homeland Security Department's Office of Cybersecurity and Communications since January. He also is the second high ranking official to join DHS in the last week.

Tuesday - 04/24/2012, 07:54pm EDT

Half of federal websites working on mobile strategy

The results of a ForeSee poll also show one-third of the 40 federal websites surveyed already have launched mobile initiatives.

Monday - 04/23/2012, 02:47pm EDT

Virtualization & Data Center Consolidation - "Progress & Best Practices"

April 26th at 12pm

Program will discuss the Progress Report on Virtualization & Data Center Consolidation, Key Benefits Associated with Virtualization & DCC, How Does Cloud Computing Get Factored into your Strategy, Major Challenges to Achieving their Goals, Is Security a concern in a Virtualized Environment, and A Future Vision for the next 1 to 3 years

Thursday - 04/19/2012, 05:20pm EDT
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EXCLUSIVE: Energy CIO Locatis heads to DHS

Mike Locatis will become the new assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications at DHS's National Protection and Programs Directorate. He replaces Greg Schaffer who left in March.

Thursday - 04/19/2012, 01:03pm EDT

FedRAMP almost ready to approve first outside security accreditors

GSA, NIST to name the first batch of outside organizations who will test and validate commercial cloud products against baseline security standards in the FedRAMP cloud security program in May. The Joint Authorization Board also will release guidance to industry on how to implement the security requirements in the coming months. FedRAMP still is months from approving its first set of vendors.

Monday - 04/16/2012, 05:34am EDT
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White House presses for stricter cyber rules for critical infrastructure

Information sharing is critical but insufficient, White House cyber chief says. Howard Schmidt said the federal government's responsibility is broader than its own systems and that is why any cyber bill needs stronger oversight of critical networks.

Wednesday - 04/11/2012, 05:36am EDT
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Lawmakers model latest cyber bill after DoD information sharing pilot

Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) introduced legislation to make sharing of classified cyber threat information easier between the government and the private sector. The bill builds on DoD's Defense Industrial Base pilot to share data about vulnerabilities. DoD plans to expand the DIB pilot to more than 200 companies in the coming year.

Wednesday - 04/11/2012, 05:09am EDT
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OSC initiative zeroes in on worst vet discriminator - the government

The Office of Personnel Management recently reminded federal agencies that the White House has "zero tolerance" for discriminating against veterans in hiring and promotions. But the federal government is still one of the biggest offenders. Patrick Boulay from the Office of Special Counsel told the Federal Drive about a new pilot program aimed at streamlining the complaint process for veterans in the federal government.

Tuesday - 04/03/2012, 05:06pm EDT
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Senate confirms key positions in Commerce, HUD, DHS

The Senate confirmed the positions on Thursday, clearing a backlog of nominees by the Obama administration.

Friday - 03/30/2012, 11:44am EDT

Issa: TSA workers 'doing best they can' with ineffective equipment, methods

The Transportation Security Administration has grown from "the ashes of the Pentagon and the Twin Towers" into a 65,000-employee agency, whose effectiveness is now being called into question by lawmakers.

Friday - 03/30/2012, 09:21am EDT
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Three agencies fall short in assessing IT supply chain risks

Gregory Wilshusen, GSA's director of information security issue, discussed a recent report about IT supply chain risks with The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 12:26pm EDT
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