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GOP lawmakers urge Obama to drop cyber executive order

Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate wrote to President Barack Obama urging him to not issue an executive order setting voluntary cybersecurity standards for private-sector operators of critical infrastructure.

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 06:39pm EDT

Agencies finally figuring out how HSPD-12 cards can improve security

More than eight years after the White House issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 requiring the issuance of secure identity cards, governmentwide and agency-specific initiatives provide hope the smart cards can be more than "glorified ID cards." NIST and GSA are developing an identity exchange in the cloud. DHS and IRS are putting their cards to use at a local level for both building and computer access.

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 06:01am EDT
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FBI: Friendly fire likely in border shootings

A preliminary investigation has found friendly fire likely was to blame in a shooting that killed one federal agent and wounded another along the Arizona-Mexico border, the FBI said Friday.

Friday - 10/05/2012, 11:12pm EDT

DHS urged to hire 600 cyber ninjas

The Homeland Security Advisory Council Task Force on Cyberskills submitted 11 recommendations to the DHS secretary on how to improve the agency's cyber workforce. The committee said DHS must define the skills needed to protect .gov networks. It also suggested setting testing and certification standards.

Friday - 10/05/2012, 05:44am EDT
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Agencies ignoring billions in savings from strategic sourcing

Agencies are missing out on billions of dollars in savings by not using strategic-sourcing contracts, particularly when buying services, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The report finds the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs and Energy spent less than 5 percent of their combined acquisition budgets through strategic sourcing and saved less than $2 billion.

Thursday - 10/04/2012, 06:45am EDT
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Lawmakers divided on counterterror effort

Stinging criticism from Congress about a counterterrorism effort that improperly collected information about innocent Americans is turning up the heat on the Obama administration to justify the program's continued existence and putting lawmakers who championed it on the defensive.

Wednesday - 10/03/2012, 05:46pm EDT

Funding boost gives DHS a head start in 2013 to fight cyber threats

The agency plans to release solicitations to help agencies implement sensors to detect threats, followed by industry-provided services to analyze them. Congress approved $183 million to begin in 2013 to help get continuous monitoring off the ground more quickly.

Friday - 09/28/2012, 05:56am EDT
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IGs tell managers, employees to beef up fight against workplace fraud

Agency leaders take steps to show they're serious about employee fraud. Too often, they're relying on the inspector general's office to detect corruption.

Friday - 09/28/2012, 05:38am EDT
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White House testing approach called for in draft cyber order

The Energy and Homeland Security departments are working with companies in the electricity sector to come up with a baseline set of cybersecurity standards. Michael Daniel, the White House cyber coordinator, said the framework is making a difference in how owners and operators secure their networks. But Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said without liability protections expansion of these efforts isn't likely.

Thursday - 09/27/2012, 05:33am EDT

Budget pressures lead to missed contracting deadlines for CBP

The agency has chosen to let some acquisition schedules slip, as a solution to constrained budgets. By doing so, CBP increases the likelihood of successful acquisition projects, said an agency executive.

Monday - 09/24/2012, 05:27pm EDT

DHS cultivates cyber workforce, tools

The agency is changing its approach to the Einstein tool to keep up with the changing technology. Mark Weatherford, under secretary for cybersecurity, said on Agency of the Month that DHS is helping agencies be more proactive in defending their networks. He isn't worried about the turnover in his office.

Monday - 09/24/2012, 03:51pm EDT
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Napolitano: President close to finalizing executive order on cyber

Napolitano said there were a few outstanding issues and President Barack Obama has not yet reviewed the document.

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 10:24am EDT

GAO says mobile malware attacks have tripled in less than a year

The Government Accountability Office said reports of malware targeting mobile devices have nearly tripled in less than a year.

Wednesday - 09/19/2012, 10:18am EDT

Planning, performance measures put DHS on solid financial footing

Peggy Sherry, the agency's CFO, said when budget cuts do come they are prepared. DHS has been finding efficiencies in its spending and asked components to think hard about how they spend their money.

Monday - 09/17/2012, 11:50am EDT
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Agencies, colleges share top recruiting tips in tight budget times

Tighter budgets are impacting agencies' ability to recruit new employees, according to the results of an exclusive Federal News Radio survey. But while budget dollars may be dwindling, agencies still need new hires to fill vacancies caused by retirements and others leaving civil service. Federal recruiters and college advisers say there are certain cost-effective and innovative techniques that work better than others when it comes to finding the next generation of federal employees.

Thursday - 09/13/2012, 05:30am EDT
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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
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