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6:35 pm, March 31, 2015

DHS News

Second defeat for GOP on Homeland, immigration bill

No certain path to compromise as lawmakers joust over immigration, Homeland Security funding

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 03:26am EST

Shawn Moran, Vice President, National Border Patrol Council

As part of the Obama administration's strategy for dealing with immigration, immigration enforcement and customs and border patrol officers have new orders. They must now ask immigrants they encounter living in the country illegally whether they might qualify to avoid deportation. Agents also have been told to review government files to identify any jailed immigrants they might be able to release. It means a lot for work and a new change in mind-set for Customs and Border Protection agents. Shawn Moran, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how it's going.

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 09:16am EST
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Dems block action on DHS-Immigration bill

Senate Democrats have blocked action on legislation that provides funding for the Department of Homeland Security and rolls back President Barack Obama's steps to shelter millions of immigrants living illegally in the U.S. from deportation.

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 04:50am EST

Randolph Alles, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Air and Marine

Eight years after unmanned aircraft became a part of border security, the effectiveness of the program remains a question mark. A new Homeland Security inspector general audit says Customs and Border Protection never developed performance measures. Investigators found aircraft don't meet flight goals, and CBP has way undercalculated flight costs. The agency, however, disputes those findings. For the management side of the story, Randolph "Tex" Alles, assistant commissioner of the Office of Air and Marine at CBP, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive. His first bone to pick concerned how long the drones are supposed to be in the air.

Monday - 02/02/2015, 09:57am EST
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Trends on GSA's Alliant that make you go, hmmm

The Alliant governmentwide acquisition contract for IT services widely has been considered one of the most successful multiple award contracts over the last decade. Two recent blogs highlight some interesting trends.

Monday - 02/02/2015, 04:02am EST

Stempfley leaving DHS for private sector position

Bobbie Stempfley is heading to the private sector after five years at the Homeland Security Department. She worked in a variety of senior executive cyber positions.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:43pm EST

Johnson to Congress: Don't make DHS budget a 'political football'

The Homeland Security Department cannot pay for more border security or make recommended changes to the Secret Service as long as it's operating on a continuing resolution, Secretary Jeh Johnson said during a speech at the Wilson Center.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 11:33am EST

DHS 'aces' plain writing report; State, Interior score 'incompletes'

The Center for Plain Language issued its annual plain language report cards Tuesday, with the Homeland Security Department, Social Security Administration and Security Exchange Commission earning top scores.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 06:16pm EST

The terror attacks in Paris

Fred Burton, vice president of Intelligence for Strator, tells us what he knows about the terrorist attacks in Paris, and what the United States can do to avoid similar attacks in the future.
January 23, 2015

Friday - 01/23/2015, 09:13pm EST
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Perry Pederson, Co-Founder & Managing Principal, Langner Group

The Homeland Security Department tries to do the right thing when it gives reporters information through the Freedom of Information Act. But DHS made a huge mistake and wound up releasing dangerous information about the nation's critical infrastrucure. Perry Pederson is co-founder and managing principal of the Langner Group, and former Director of the Control Systems Security Program (CSSP) at the Department of Homeland Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what might happen now that the public knows about Operation Aurora.

Friday - 01/23/2015, 04:07pm EST
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CyberSecurity/Defense & Homeland "Progress & Best Practices" 2015

Listen Tuesday January 27th @ 12pm

Friday - 01/23/2015, 03:23pm EST

John Roth, Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security

Eight years after unmanned aircraft became a part of border security, the effectiveness of the program remains a question mark. A new Homeland Security inspector general audit reveals, Customs and Border Protection never developed performance measures. Investigators found aircraft don't meet flight goals. And, CBP has way undercalculated flight costs. John Roth is the Inspector General at Homeland Security. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the report and the future of the drone program.

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 09:31am EST
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Supreme Court decision helps clarify whistleblower protections

The Supreme Court upheld an appeals court's decision that Robert MacLean is eligible for whistleblower protection. The TSA fired the former air marshal for leaking information to the media.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 03:17pm EST
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Supreme Court rules in favor of fired whistleblower

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a former air marshal who was fired after leaking plans to the media about security cutbacks can seek whistleblower protection.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 01:30pm EST

Mark Goldstein, Physical Infrastructure Issues Director, GAO

The Homeland Security Department is falling short on securing federal buildings from cyber attack. Your office may be vulnerable to attacks that would keep you from getting in or out, or could make the climate in the building unbearable. It may even encounter other problems that could impact the ability of your agency to meet its mission. Mark Goldstein is director of Physical Infrastructure Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said building security is far more complicated than it used to be.

Monday - 01/19/2015, 04:40pm EST
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USCIS eyes more collaboration, competition in move to agile development

Mark Schwartz, the Citizenship and Immigration Services chief information officer, said the Flexible Agile Development Services (FADS) requires four vendors to coordinate software development and keep the government's best interest in mind.

Friday - 01/16/2015, 11:46am EST
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House votes to undo Obama immigration actions

GOP House votes to overturn Obama's immigration actions, expose many immigrants to deportation

Thursday - 01/15/2015, 02:22am EST

Obama's cybersecurity proposals part of decade-old programs

Obama's push for new cybersecurity legislation, amid new threats, contains programs long used

Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 10:06pm EST

Why can't the government dominate in cyber space?

Former DHS Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute discusses the difficulty of establishing a strong cybersecurity program within the federal government on this week's Women of Washington radio show.

Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 05:49pm EST

Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

When President Barack Obama issued his executive action on immigration, a lot of the work fell to the Homeland Security Department. Customs and Border Protection certainly received its share thanks to new rules for deferred actions on parents of Americans and lawful permanent residents (DAPA). Part of that work means making sure illegal or undocumented immigrants understand the rules and who they apply to. Gil Kerlikowske, the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how CBP is handling the executive action.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 09:35am EST
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