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CIOs cite struggles with agile development

Agency chief information officers say the road to more agile acquisition and development of information technology has some speed bumps, including misaligned budgetary and acquisition cycles, and industry partners who are just as accustomed to the old way of doing things as the government is.

Friday - 05/27/2011, 08:09am EDT
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BRAC side effect: Greener buildings

Because of mandates requiring new DoD buildings to meet minimum requirements for environmental design, tens of thousands of Defense employees are making moves from older, energy inefficient buildings into greener ones.

Friday - 05/13/2011, 08:05am EDT
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CBP stopping bugs at the border

Moths, snails, longhorn beetles, leafhoppers, miner flies and mites have been stopped at the border - before they could do damage. We get details from the CBP's Linda Cullen.

Tuesday - 04/19/2011, 09:31am EDT
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SBInet lives on in parts of DHS border protection plan

A new southwestern border security technology strategy is in the works. We get details from CBS's Mark Borkowski.

Tuesday - 04/12/2011, 10:08am EDT
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DHS to gain real-time access to DoD biometrics

The Department of Homeland Security already has real-time access to biometric data maintained in the FBI's huge database of criminal records. Within the next year, it'll be able to share similar data with the Defense Department.

Tuesday - 03/01/2011, 07:18am EST
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The budget, new and old, and your agency

On this week's show, host Mike Causey talks with NTEU president Colleen Kelley and Federal Times' Steve Watkins about different budget plans being considered and how they might hit you, or your agency, in the wallet.

Wednesday - 02/16/2011, 12:00pm EST
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DHS ends SBINet virtual fence

The controversial project to build an electronic fence along the country's southern border is being terminated.

Friday - 01/14/2011, 03:30pm EST
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CBP to cut its IT contractor workforce in half

The agency plans on hiring 500 more federal employees in 2011. Officials said they could save $40 million by reducing the number of vendor employees. CBP also is hiring more lower-level employees to help keep the pipeline of skills flowing.

Thursday - 01/13/2011, 06:51am EST

CBP to recompete $1 billion in contracts in 2011

The agency needs to lower IT contract costs to use money for staff and other mission-critical needs. Customs and Border Protection must deal with a several hundred million dollar technology budget cut while needing to update its infrastructure.

Thursday - 01/13/2011, 06:45am EST
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DHS Security Operations Center: watching the agency's networks

Alma Cole leads the SOC, tasked with cybersecurity for DHS and its component agencies.

Monday - 10/04/2010, 07:46pm EDT
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The Hunt: CBP's more complicated mission

The arrest of Faisal Shahzad is a sign of things to come says CBP Commissioner Alan Bersin.

Wednesday - 09/15/2010, 08:40am EDT
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DHS installs new security measures on the border

The new, border-wide use of the Predator aircraft marks an unprecedented amount of resources directed to the southwest. Michael Kostelnik, the Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Air and Marine for Customs and Border Protection explains.

Tuesday - 09/14/2010, 09:40am EDT
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NIST finalizes Smart Grid cyber guidelines

CBP lax in controlling cybersecurity

Friday - 09/03/2010, 08:30am EDT

CBP returns to TV for season 2 of 'Border Wars'

You can follow the officers and agents of U.S. Customs and Border Protection as they scour the inhospitable landscape at one of the busiest border crossings in the country, seeking to fight terrorism and intercept illegal entrants from the air, on the ground and at the ports of entry. Details from CBP's Bill Anthony.

Thursday - 09/02/2010, 10:41am EDT
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OFPP sees millions in taming cell phone contracts

Most agencies do not have an accurate inventory of how many devices they are paying for or how much those devices are being used. Officials estimate the government could save as much as $200 million a year by improving the management and optimization of contracts for wireless devices. The administration plans to revive the wireless communications strategic sourcing initiative.

Friday - 08/20/2010, 07:20am EDT
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Cool Jobs: CBP employees fight elements to keep data flowing

Field technology officers must fix hardware and software no matter the hazard, even if it's hundreds of feet up on a tower or on a snow covered mountain top. Employees need to be physically fit and technically skilled to perform the duties. CBP counts on these employees to keep the systems working to monitor and protect the borders.

Wednesday - 07/14/2010, 04:00am EDT
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Critical tests to decide future of DHS's virtual fence

CBP to implement and evaluate technologies at two sites in Arizona this year to see how well SBINet works and whether to continue deploying the technology. These tests are part of Secretary Napolitano's assessment of SBINet's value. Lawmakers remain pessimistic that the program can get back on track.

Friday - 06/18/2010, 06:49am EDT
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NTEU files motion to end internship program

Employee union claims agencies have abused their privileges and OPM has done nothing to stop them. NTEU says the Federal Career Internship Program flies in the face of merit system hiring principles.

Friday - 04/30/2010, 06:05pm EDT
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What are the realities of the virtual fence?

A project designed during the Bush Administration to stem the flow of illegal immigration across the U.S.-Mexican border has now fallen on hard times, and formerly supportive lawmakers are now hinting of a dim future for the virtual fence. Thad Bingel, a former Chief of Staff at Customs and Border Protection, explains what's at stake.

Thursday - 04/22/2010, 09:38am EDT
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Senators suggest scrapping virtual fence

The virtual fence, better known as SBInet, was originally proposed by the Bush Administration to monitor the southern U.S. border with Mexico. But now, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are quickly losing patience with a project that has had a troubled history, while hemorrhaging hundreds of millions of dollars in costs.

Wednesday - 04/21/2010, 07:08am EDT
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