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12:36 am, September 15, 2014

DHS News

DHS nominee seeks 'to hit the reset button' in embattled IG office

In his nomination hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Wednesday, John Roth, currently the director of the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Criminal Investigations, said he aimed to turn around employee morale in the IG's office, which has been rocked by allegations of misconduct by the former acting head of the office. Roth, whose nomination has garnered near-universal support from both Republican and Democratic members of the committee.

Wednesday - 01/08/2014, 03:02pm EST

DHS not on track to deliver large-scale tech improvements

The Homeland Security Department will likely miss its 2015 deadline for modernizing the system it uses to screen foreigners entering the U.S.

Wednesday - 01/08/2014, 11:48am EST

DHS gives EAGLE II protesters a second look

The Homeland Security Department told the Government Accountability Office it is taking corrective action by re-reviewing proposals after 46 unsuccessful bidders protested their exclusion from the largest portion of the $22 billion IT services contract.

Friday - 01/03/2014, 12:04pm EST

Identity management standards help DHS build networks of trust

The Homeland Security Department upgraded its Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) last year with new security and identity management features. The growing acceptance and use of standards is making it easier for state, local, tribal government and other partners to securely access law enforcement data.

Friday - 01/03/2014, 08:12am EST
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CIO Council committee presses innovation forward

Margie Graves, the co-chairwoman of the Innovation Committee and deputy CIO at the Homeland Security Department, said the committee is focusing on three areas: Open data, data analytical tools and public-private partnerships to help agencies improve mission outcomes.
December 26, 2013

Thursday - 12/26/2013, 09:36am EST
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CIO shuffle continues at SBA, DHS, OPM

SBA, OPM have new CIOs as the carousel in government IT spins once again.

Friday - 12/20/2013, 06:09pm EST

Senate confirms Mayorkas to Homeland Security Dept

Senate confirms Mayorkas to No. 2 at Homeland Security Department

Friday - 12/20/2013, 03:20pm EST

ICE officials present Holocaust Museum with lost Nazi diary

Special agents of them Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Homeland Security Investigations recovered the missing diary of prominent Nazi official Alfred Rosenberg, following a lengthy investigation.

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 02:25pm EST

Citizenship and Immigration Services eases burden of software development

The Homeland Security Department's CIS is using a continuous delivery model where it automates reviews of software code to ensure security and quality. DHS is using a similar approach for mobile apps called the Carwash, where it's checking the code to compliance with specific requirements.

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 05:39am EST
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Private security guards ill-equipped for federal workplace shooting situations

Audits find contract security personnel, which make up the vast majority of the Federal Protective Service's workforce, receive no meaningful training on how to deal with armed attackers. And many operators of X-ray machines and metal detectors at building entrances likely have never been trained to properly use them.

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 04:32am EST
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DHS acting IG takes another department job

Embattled Homeland Security acting inspector general transfers out of investigative job

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 06:00pm EST

Senate confirms new homeland security secretary

Senate confirms new homeland security secretary, takes up more nominations

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 12:00pm EST

Senate confirms Johnson as new DHS secretary

By a vote of 78 to 16, the Senate confirmed Jeh Johnson as the fourth secretary of Homeland Security.

Monday - 12/16/2013, 06:48pm EST

27 vendors protest awards under DHS $22B IT services contract

Unsuccessful bidders of one unrestricted portion of the EAGLE II contract are taking their arguments to GAO to try to get a spot on the multiple-award contract. Documents show DHS made no awards to any company whose total bid was more than $500 million.

Friday - 12/13/2013, 12:18pm EST
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Cause, effect of DHS morale problems tied to leadership vacancies

Despite progress in confirming a new secretary and deputy secretary, DHS still features a large number of officials in acting roles. Former Secretary Tom Ridge told lawmakers the department cannot build nor sustain a mission-focused culture with so many non-permanent positions. NTEU says pay freezes, budget cuts and the government shutdown are more to blame for low morale across DHS and the entire government.

Friday - 12/13/2013, 04:18am EST

DHS issues first-ever clean financial audit, but IG says more work needed

For the first time in its history, the Homeland Security Department turned in a clean financial audit. A new DHS inspector general report, however, says the department has "significant deficiencies" in its internal control over financial reporting.

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 04:13pm EST
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Savings from reverse auctions not being maximized

As the use of reverse auctions continues to rise, the Government Accountability Office says agencies need more clear cut guidance to realize a maximum amount of savings.

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 04:23pm EST

Senate panel approves Obama's pick for DHS No. 2

Senate panel approves Obama's pick for Homeland Security No. 2 official, despite investigation

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 03:28pm EST

Identity management in the cloud

Paul Christman, vice president Public Sector at Dell Software, discusses how his company can help you solve identity management issues at your agency.
December 10, 2013

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 10:32pm EST
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Labor pinched by poor cloud contracting; Financial shared services progresses

News and buzz in the acquisition and IT communities that you may have missed this week.

Monday - 12/09/2013, 06:47am EST
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