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Union and CBP officials call for reform of outdated OT pay system, saying the purpose of Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime was misinterpreted.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

Contracting dollars in border security

This week on the Capital Impact radio show, Bloomberg Government examines the law that requires the Defense Department to buy American when outfitting troops. Plus, which contractors will benefit the most from passage of an immigration bill?

Tags: Bloomberg Government , Capital Impact , sequestration , border security , Berry Amendment , Matthew Hummer , Kathleen Miller , Buy American , DoD , Allen Scott

Friday - 07/19/2013, 05:37am EDT
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Cities offer to pony up for shorter customs lines

Customs and Border Protection says it will put more resources into border crossings and customs terminals if the local communities pay for it.

Tags: DHS , workforce

Thursday - 07/11/2013, 08:23am EDT

CBP postpones 60,000 furloughs, overtime cuts

In a reversal of course, U.S. Customs and Border Protection now says it is postponing employee furloughs and will continue to authorize overtime pay. The agency said it is "reevaluating" both the planned furloughs of its 60,000 employees and the elimination of administratively uncontrollable overtime, or AUO, because of new funding granted in the 2013 appropriations bill Congress passed last month.

Tags: sequestration , furloughs , Jack Moore , workforce

Monday - 04/01/2013, 07:40pm EDT
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