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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.

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

Agencies suffering reductions in services even before furloughs occur

Employees at TSA, CBP and Bureau of Prisons will no longer be able to work overtime. SSA offers its employees a new round of early retirements to deal with budget shortfalls. AFGE continues to press Congress, White House to stop sequestration.

Tags: Workforce , sequestration , management , TSA , SSA , AFGE , J. David Cox , Bureau of Prisons , Stacy Bodtmann , Shawn Moran , Steve Kofahl , Dale Deshotel , budget , Jason Miller

Thursday - 03/14/2013, 05:26am EDT
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Immigrant groups sue federal border agencies

Customs and Border Protection faces a bevy of lawsuits from immigrant advocacy groups. They allege Border Patrol agents had an American citizen deported, stopped another only to do a "citizenship checkup" and beat up another so badly she had to go to the hospital.

Tags: National Immigration Project , National Border Patrol Council , Border Patrol , Shawn Moran

Thursday - 03/14/2013, 08:42am EDT

CBP issues tens of thousands of furlough notices

In order to counter funding reductions due to sequestration, Customs and Border Protection has begun sending furlough notices to many of its 60,000 employees. An officer in the union representing CBP agents says these measures amount to a 40 percent reduction in salaries.

Tags: Shawn Moran , National Border Patrol Council , furloughs , overtime , Workforce , sequestration , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell , pay , management

Friday - 03/08/2013, 12:35pm EST
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