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OSC targets Hatch Act violations at IRS, improper hiring at CBP

A customer service representative at the IRS who repeatedly greeted taxpayers calling a help-line with a chant urging President Barack Obama's re-election in 2012 could now be facing significant disciplinary action, according to the Office of Special Counsel. It's one of three cases of improper political activity at the agency recently uncovered by OSC. Meanwhile, three career officials at Customs and Border Protection are under fire by OSC for allegedly manipulating the hiring process to install job candidates favored by political leadership into career appointments.

Tags: IRS , OSC , Carolyn Lerner , Hatch Act , Alan Bersin , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 03:45pm EDT

Rep. David Price (D-N.C.)

Personnel costs take up a larger share of Customs and Border Protection's budget than ever before. More than 70 percent of the agency's Fiscal 2015 budget request will go to compensation. Some members of Congress are worried those rising costs will crowd out CBP's ability to deliver high-priority IT projects and fulfill its mission. In our Congressional Spotlight, Rep. David Price (D-N.C.), ranking member of the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, tells In Depth with Francis Rose the problem CBP has is two-fold.

Tags: David Price , House , Congressional Spotlight , In Depth ,

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 06:22pm EDT
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Melanie Roe, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Public Affairs, CBP

Customs and Border Protection has completed an online metamorphosis. The agency has a new and improved website. Melanie Roe, assistant commissioner of the Office of Public Affairs at CBP, talked to In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: Melanie Roe , technology , In Depth

Friday - 03/28/2014, 06:00pm EDT
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Obama pushes agencies to streamline export-import process

President Barack Obama is pushing the dozens of agencies that have a hand in the export-import process to speed up processing times and eliminate redundant paperwork requests that hamper companies seeking to export American-made products. Currently, businesses interested in importing or exporting goods must submit reams of paperwork to as many as 48 different federal agencies.

Tags: industry , best practices , Barack Obama , International Trade Data System , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 02/19/2014, 04:25pm EST

ICE to restart a key element of $800 million, multiyear IT program

Agency officials said Thursday that they will switch from a custom-built to a commercial-off-the-shelf approach to modernize TECS, a mainframe system that has been operating for more than a quarter of a century. ICE spent more than $60 million before deciding to change directions after realizing the custom-built approach wouldn't work.

Tags: DHS , ICE , TECS , GAO , technology , acquisition , David Powner , Charles Armstrong , Thomas Michelli , House Homeland Security Committee , agile development , Jared Serbu

Monday - 02/10/2014, 04:04am EST
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New leadership at DHS cracks down on overtime abuse at CBP

Union and CBP officials call for reform of outdated OT pay system, saying the purpose of Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime was misinterpreted.

Tags: workforce , management , Catherine Emerson , Jeh Johnson , DHS , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , John Tester , Carolyn Lerner , OSC , National Border Patrol Council , Brandon Judd , Ronald Vitiello , administratively uncontrollable overtime , pay and benefits , Lauren Larson

Wednesday - 01/29/2014, 02:28pm EST
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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.

Tags: Ellen Kortesoja , GAO , DHS , ICE , TECS , TECS Mod , risk management , Tom Coburn

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

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.

Tags: DHS , management , acquisition , Congress , GAO , Coast Guard , Rafael Borras , oversight , Jared Serbu

Monday - 09/23/2013, 06:03am EDT
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DHS awards $460 million IT contract to enhance border management

The Homeland Security Department's Border Management Systems Programs Office awarded a contract to Unisys to modernize its border-management systems.

Tags: Unisys , DHS , border management , Steve Soroka , acquisition , contracting , technology , Melissa Dawkins

Monday - 07/22/2013, 04:28pm EDT
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