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9:14 am, December 22, 2014

DHS News

Lawmakers optimistic about IT reform, cyber improvements

The nomination of Shaun Donovan to be director of the Office of Management and Budget as well as a variety of bills dealing with federal IT reform and cybersecurity updates crowded the docket of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee business meeting Wednesday.

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 09:37am EDT

Senate's version of FISMA update cleans up around the cyber edges

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members will introduce and markup the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 Wednesday. The bill would require OMB to rescind a major section of Circular A-130 in order to fix long-standing complaints with FISMA's reauthorization requirements.

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 05:14pm EDT

DHS to take 'multi-threat' approach to fighting terrorism, cyber attacks

The Homeland Security Department will channel its efforts into battling terrorism, cyber threats and natural disasters, according to a quadrennial review the agency released Wednesday.

Monday - 06/23/2014, 10:55am EDT

Sequestration pushes DHS contract spending to lowest level ever

The Homeland Security Department's contract dollars declined for a second year in a row as sequestration set in. The impact of budget cuts is spread unevenly across its components.

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 04:28am EDT
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DHS procurement head Nick Nayak to step down

Nick Nayak is leaving as the DHS procurement chief in early July after more than three years on the job.

Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 04:03pm EDT

Cameron Leuthy, Senior Budget Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The Homeland Security Department's approach to purchasing has never been great. Acquisition management programs have been on the Government Accountability Office's high risk list for years. But a bill that passed the House this week takes aim at the management of these faulty acquisition programs. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) says the bill forces DHS to improve its management. Cameron Leuthy, senior budget analyst for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the bill's intended effects.

Thursday - 06/12/2014, 09:52am EDT
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DHS cancels $6 billon program to detect bioweapons, with no Plan B

After six years, the Department of Homeland Security decided in April to abandon its strategy to upgrade biological weapon detection equipment in large U.S. cities. But there is no backup plan so far, and the current system won't last much longer. To date, DHS says it has actually expended only $61 million on Biowatch 3, and officials told the House Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday that they are moving quickly to come up with a new acquisition plan.

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 04:36am EDT
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Elaine Duke, Principal, Elaine Duke and Associates, LLC

The Homeland Security Department needs more budget clarity to fix a broken acquisition portfolio. Elaine Duke is former undersecretary of management at the Homeland Security Department. She's now principal of Elaine Duke and Associates. She's looking at how DHS can try to stabilize its funding levels. The Government Accountability Office says more than half the major acquisition projects at DHS are experiencing schedule delays and cost overruns because of sequestration, the shutdown and continuing resolutions during the past two years.

Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 06:16pm EDT
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Sequestration forced agencies elsewhere for program funding, GAO says

The Government Accountability Office takes a look at the effects of the 2013 sequester and how agencies prepared.

Friday - 05/30/2014, 04:20pm EDT

DHS striving to avoid 'tragic mistake' under cyber program

Under the continuous diagnostics and mitigation program, DHS wants to ensure systems administrators have data on the most pressing threats and vulnerabilities first so they can fix them as soon as possible. John Streufert, DHS's director of federal network resilience, said the recently-awarded dashboard will be set up to do just that.

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 04:30am EDT
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Bob Cusack, The Hill Newspaper

Democratic and Republican members of Congress are at loggerheads over immigration reform. Meanwhile agencies who carry out immigration policy wonder what will happen. Leaders cannot agree on issues such as border security, work visas, and other issues. If the House fails to pass some type of reform by the end of July, some Democratic senators say President Obama will act on his own. Bob Cusack is the managing editor of The Hill newspaper. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss exactly what laws are up for reforming.

Tuesday - 05/27/2014, 09:10am EDT
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Lawmakers worried DHS losing faith in Federal Protective Service

The Federal Protective Service will no longer coordinate security at DHS headquarters on Nebraska Avenue in Northwest D.C. according to a May 1 memo from the agency's chief security officer to the undersecretary for management. The memo was brought to light Wednesday by members of a House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee at a hearing on the security of federal buildings. Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, cited the DHS memo as a possible sign that "confidence in FPS may be eroding" from within DHS.

Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 04:40pm EDT

DHS' push for clearer cyber authorities moves to the House

Larry Zelvin, the director of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in DHS's National Protection and Programs Directorate, is expected to tell the House Homeland Security Committee Wednesday that the implementation of the advanced intrusion detection and prevention program known as Einstein is hampered by the lack of clarity of the exact role DHS is allowed to play under the current set of cybersecurity laws.

Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 06:10am EDT

Senate committee eyes new cyber hiring authorities for DHS

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said Thursday the committee plans to mark up a bill on May 21 to give DHS more tools to hire cyber workers more easily.

Friday - 05/16/2014, 12:24pm EDT

David Maurer, Director, Homeland Security and Justice Issues, GAO

No new recommendations when you're on the high risk list might seem like good news. But the Government Accountability Office says that's partly because it's already made more than 2,100 recommendations since the Homeland Security Department was stood up in 2003. The GAO's latest look at DHS high risk list items shows more than a third of them still need work. David Maurer, director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the Government Accountability Office, is writing about some of the ongoing leadership problems that are keeping the department on the high risk list. He joined In Depth with Francis Rose to talk about it.

Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 12:00pm EDT
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Anthony Regalbuto, U.S. Coast Guard

The Service to America Medals honor federal employees who go above and beyond their job descriptions to serve the public. Anthony Regalbuto, chief of the Coast Guard Office of International and Domestic Port Security, plays a key role in protecting shipping ports from terrorist attacks. He has set up a program to improve security both in the United States and abroad. He told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about his program.

Monday - 05/12/2014, 09:39am EDT
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The Department of Homeland Security's acquisition strategy and implementation

What is the DHS's acquisition strategy? What are the key procurement and acquisition challenges facing DHS? How is DHS improving the operational performance of its acquisition function? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Nick Nayak, Chief Procurement Office, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Friday - 05/09/2014, 02:24pm EDT

Agency leaders 'on a mission' to pump up employee morale

Federal employees are growing increasingly frustrated with budget cuts, stagnant pay levels and a negative perception of the federal bureaucracy, government surveys reveal. At a townhall event hosted by the Partnership for Public Service, the heads of the Departments of Commerce, Homeland Security and Labor say they're getting the message.

Thursday - 05/08/2014, 03:37pm EDT

ICE names Kern as its next CIO

Kevin Kern comes to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement after spending most of his career in industry.

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 08:31am EDT

Donald Kerwin, Executive Director, Center for Migration Studies

The Homeland Security Department re-issues asylum rules to immigration officials. This follows concerns that asylum officers have been misinterpreting decisions about which immigrants get to see a judge for asylum claims. Donald Kerwin, executive director of the Center for Migration Studies, explained to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has had an uptick in credible fear claims.

Monday - 05/05/2014, 11:27am EDT
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