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House Homeland Security bill denies civilian pay raise

The White House has threatened to veto a House bill providing funding for the Homeland Security Department, taking issue with many of the bill's provisions, including a denial of a civilian pay raise. The committee bill also doesn't include any new funding for the agency's data-center consolidation efforts or construction for its new headquarters.

Wednesday - 06/06/2012, 08:40pm EDT

FedRAMP begins review process of vendors' cybersecurity in the cloud

The program launches initial operating capability today. GSA expects the first set of provisionally approved cloud service providers to be ready in December. In the meantime, agencies are holding vendors accountable for coming very close to FedRAMP standards.

Wednesday - 06/06/2012, 05:32am EDT
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Risks of boomerangs a reality in world of cyberwar

The Obama administration is warning American businesses about an unusually potent computer virus that infected Iran's oil industry even as suspicions persist that the United States is responsible for secretly creating and unleashing cyberweapons against foreign countries.

Saturday - 06/02/2012, 09:11am EDT

Federal Drive interviews -- June 1

Jeff Orner, chief administrative officer at the Department of Homeland Security, talks about a teleworking award his office recently received. Sopen Shah, a defense analyst with Bloomberg Government, discusses a new report on federal contracting. Ed Zurndorfer, registered employee benefits consultant, explains what phased retirement could mean for feds. University of Baltimore law professor Richard Loeb discusses the backlog at the Defense Contract Audit Agency.

Friday - 06/01/2012, 09:43am EDT

OMB alumni to suggest revisions to cyber section of A-130

The group will create a white paper with recommendations this summer to modernize the 10-year-old policy. Among the areas they are looking at are continuous monitoring, cloud computing, shared services and the definition of a system. Updating A-130 will help agencies move from a 'checklist' mode to monitoring systems in real time for threats and vulnerabilities, said Frank Reeder, a former OMB official.

Friday - 06/01/2012, 05:43am EDT
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White House, DHS, Commerce release cyber 'code of conduct'

The Industry Botnet Group coordinated by the White House Cybersecurity Office and the Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security has posted nine principles, including coordination of cyber responsibilities across sectors and reporting lessons learned.

Wednesday - 05/30/2012, 04:40pm EDT

EXCLUSIVE: Ozment rejoins White House as senior director for cyber

Andy Ozment returns to work with new cyber coordinator Michael Daniel. Ozment worked at DHS for the last year as director for compliance and technology.

Tuesday - 05/29/2012, 03:17pm EDT

DHS underscores efforts to battle corruption

The Customs and Border Protection directorate wants to weed out agents who "go bad" years into their careers, using more lie detector tests. Background checks at the Transportation Security Administration have kept more than 5,000 potentially bad actors from joining the TSA workforce. At Immigration and Customs Enforcement, leaders emphasize the importance of employee outreach and education to prevent corruption.

Tuesday - 05/29/2012, 05:00am EDT
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Kodiak in dark on double homicide investigation

From the vantage point of the Comfort Inn parking lot near the entrance to Kodiak's airport, traffic moves north toward downtown or south to the Coast Guard air station, the home to cutters, helicopters and rescue swimmers that aid mariners in the Bering Sea or the Pacific Ocean.

Friday - 05/25/2012, 02:38pm EDT

Inquiry hears of wider Secret Service misbehavior

The lawmaker leading an inquiry into the Secret Service prostitution scandal reported dozens of "troubling" episodes of past misbehavior Wednesday and appealed to insiders to come forward with what they know as investigators try to determine whether a culture of misconduct took root in the storied agency.

Wednesday - 05/23/2012, 12:44pm EDT

Immigration agency opens gate for online applications

After years of planning and months of delays, USCIS will launch its online portal, ELIS, on Tuesday. But the portal will only be open to a fraction of benefit seekers while the agency works out the kinks.

Tuesday - 05/22/2012, 01:16pm EDT
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US joins cyber forces with Australia

The United States will partner with Australia in the global fight against cyber attacks.

Thursday - 05/17/2012, 12:20pm EDT

Congress considers threats from airport employees

Commercial air travel is at risk from terrorists who quietly get jobs at airports so that they can attack from within sensitive areas, a senior Homeland Security Department official told lawmakers Wednesday.

Wednesday - 05/16/2012, 12:48pm EDT

FedRAMP names organizations to review vendors' cloud cybersecurity

Vendors wanting to provide cloud services to the government must first receive support from these nine organizations that they are meeting the cloud computing security controls.

Wednesday - 05/16/2012, 05:22am EDT

DoD ready to meet pent up demand for cyber threat sharing program

The Defense Department has been testing ways to securely send cyber threat information to members of the defense industrial base for years. Now the information sharing pilot has been made permanent and could expand to as many as 1,000 companies.

Tuesday - 05/15/2012, 05:22am EDT
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IG offices thrive despite lack of permanent leadership

Ten agencies do not have Senate-confirmed inspectors generals. Four have been waiting for more than 1,000 days for a nomination or confirmation. But House lawmakers found that agencies without a permanent IG still are making a lot of progress in rooting out waste, fraud and abuse.

Friday - 05/11/2012, 05:46am EDT
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Engraving and Printing ready to build on ERP success

The BEN Enterprise brings together the Treasury Department bureau's data about finances, procurement and printing. Now Peter Johnson, BEP's chief information officer, wants to add business and analytics tools.
May 10, 2012

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 10:07pm EDT
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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
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