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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.

Tags: technology , contracting , industry , pay and benefits , Ken Ritchhart , DHS , IAC , technology services , spending cuts , performance-based contracting , Jason Miller

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.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , DHS , cybersecurity , technology , Alma Cole , SOC , US-CERT

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.

Tags: Federal Drive , The Hunt , DHS , Alan Bersin , JJ Green

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.

Tags: Federal Drive , DHS , management , technology , security , drones , Predator-B Unmanned Aerial Systems , Michael Kostelnik , border security

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

CBP lax in controlling cybersecurity

Tags: Federal Drive , Cybersecurity Update , cybersecurity , NIST , Smart Grid

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.

Tags: Federal Drive , Border Wars , National Geographic Channel , reality TV , public relations , Bill Anthony , newsstand , Suzanne Kubota , management , lessons learned

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.

Tags: contracting , management , Jack Kelly , Russ Peery , Sandy Hall , Rebel McFertridge , OMB , OFPP , GSA , CDC , FedScoop , iSYS , Jin Kang , strategic sourcing , wireless communications , TEMS , Jason Miller

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.

Tags: Cool Jobs in Government , management , DeValon Lawrence , Don Ealy , border security , Jason Miller

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.

Tags: technology , Mark Borkowski , Chris Carney , Henry Cuellar , Randy Hite , House Homeland Security Committee , DHS , GAO , Boeing , border security , SBINet , Jason Miller

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.

Tags: pay & benefits , OPM , IRS , DHS FDIC , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , internship program , FCIP

Friday - 04/30/2010, 06:05pm EDT
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