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12:12 pm, August 1, 2014

DHS News

Ruppersberger happy to see progress on Senate cybersecurity bill

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee said the longer we wait on cybersecurity legislation, the worse it gets for cyber attacks on the U.S.

Wednesday - 10/09/2013, 06:11pm EDT
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Senate Intelligence Committee finalizing version of cyber sharing bill

The bill would conform, mostly, with the House's most recent Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. Both the House and Senate bills are trying to find common areas to incentivize private sector companies to share information on any malicious code their firms encounter, both by providing them with liability protections that would shield them from lawsuits that could otherwise follow from sharing information with competitors or with the government, and by convincing them that federal agencies are capable of securely communicating threat information between the private and public sectors.

Wednesday - 10/09/2013, 06:24am EDT
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Va. man pleads guilty to impersonating fed

Petersburg man pleads guilty to impersonating Homeland Security agent, violating release terms

Tuesday - 10/08/2013, 11:50am EDT

DHS makes first set of large business awards under EAGLE II

The Homeland Security Department chose 15 large businesses to provide technology development, implementation and maintenance services under the EAGLE II multiple award contract.

Monday - 09/30/2013, 05:53am EDT

Borras elevated to acting deputy secretary at DHS

The White House fills the second in command position while its nominee Alexander Mayorkas awaits Senate confirmation. At DHS, 10 of the top 12 leadership positions are held by acting officials.

Thursday - 09/26/2013, 07:55pm EDT

DHS warns contractors about shutdown consequences

EPA also issues guidance to agencies, and OPM updates the governmentwide shutdown guidance.

Thursday - 09/26/2013, 07:31pm EDT

NIST puts finishing touches on critical infrastructure cyber framework

The preliminary version of the framework will be published in mid-October, followed by several months of public comment. NIST plans a final release of the voluntary framework in February.

Thursday - 09/26/2013, 06:23am EDT
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DHS' slow progress in centralizing acquisition frustrates Congress

Members of Congress are frustrated at what they see as a failure by the Department of Homeland Security to effectively manage the acquisition practices of its various components, leading to poorly defined requirements and wasted money. But DHS says some of the problems are of Congress' own making.

Monday - 09/23/2013, 06:03am EDT
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DHS continuous monitoring program faces legislative, budget challenges

Suzanne Spaulding, the nominee to be the deputy undersecretary of the National Protection and Programs Directorate, told Senate lawmakers DHS had to reduce the number of federal devices that will be covered by the CDM program because of budget shortfalls.

Friday - 09/20/2013, 07:34pm EDT

GSA declares end to cube farms, unveils new approach to office space

DHS, HHS, Interior and USDA all are on board to try out the Total Workplace initiative that focuses on open spaces, hotelling and mobile employees. GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini said a new approach to office space will save money and improve how agencies meet their missions.

Friday - 09/20/2013, 05:44am EDT
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DHS S&T director O'Toole leaving

Tara O'Toole, the undersecretary of science and technology at the Homeland Security Department, announced she will step down after more than four years leading research and development efforts at the agency.

Wednesday - 09/11/2013, 05:55pm EDT

US safer 12 years after 9/11, but threat has evolved, experts say

While the threat of a Sept. 11-style attack may not be as great, terrorism, either of the lone-wolf or state-sponsored variety, still poses a threat to the U.S. Agencies are moving to protect themselves in areas such as cybersecurity.

Wednesday - 09/11/2013, 04:20pm EDT
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Feds' private lives: what's legal and what's not

Like all U.S. citizens, federal employees' rights are protected under the First Amendment. But when their private lives conflict with their agency's mission, it's another story. DHS employee Ayo Kimathi's racist website is a case in point.

Thursday - 08/29/2013, 09:02am EDT
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Napolitano talks cyber, terrorism in farewell address

In her farewall remarks Tuesday, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said security improvements have made the U.S. safer. She will leave her position Sept. 6.

Tuesday - 08/27/2013, 05:32pm EDT

DHS employee behind racist website on paid leave

An employee who runs a racist website predicting and advocating a race war has been put on paid administrative leave. His website criticizes whites, gays, those of mixed race, and blacks who integrate with whites.

Saturday - 08/24/2013, 07:50pm EDT

AP source: DHS employee behind racist website

AP source: DHS employee running website that predicts race war, calls on blacks to fight

Friday - 08/23/2013, 11:48am EDT

DHS pitches cyber projects to Silicon Valley, eyes commercialization

Eight cutting-edge technologies developed by the government are being shown off this week to venture capitalists and investors in Silicon Valley, with the hope of attracting someone to take the applications to market.

Wednesday - 08/21/2013, 05:48am EDT
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DHS appoints Schneck to senior cyber position

Phyllis Schneck is the new deputy undersecretary of cybersecurity in the National Protection and Programs Directorate at DHS. She replaces Mark Weatherford, who left in April.

Monday - 08/19/2013, 10:45am EDT

DHS to standardize cyber protections through new contract

DHS awards 17 vendors a spot on the continuous diagnostics and mitigation contract. Agencies can now access a common set of tools and services to improve how they monitor and secure their computer networks.

Tuesday - 08/13/2013, 11:51am EDT
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DHS, DoD strive for new strategy: be smarter with less

Federal officials say the budget environment with or without sequestration is leading agencies to come to grips with the idea that no matter how much they cut, no matter how much they work to become more efficient, they still will not have enough people or money to get everything done. The goal is to install discipline and data into the decision making process.

Friday - 08/09/2013, 05:52am EDT
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