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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 , CBP , GAO , Rafael Borras , oversight , Jared Serbu

Monday - 09/23/2013, 06:03am 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.

Tags: management , Rafael Borras , DHS , Beth McGrath , DoD , Thad Allen , Booz Allen Hamilton , Partnership for Public Service , Gene Dodaro , GAO , budget , Jason Miller

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

Tons of cocaine entering U.S. due to sequestration cuts, rear admiral says

Coast Guard Rear Adm. Charles Michel, director of the Joint Interagency Task Force South told the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp that cuts from sequestration are limiting the resources available to stop large amounts of cocaine from entering the country.

Tags: Charles Michel , Joint Interagency Task Force South , cocaine , sequestration , DoD , DHS , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 06/06/2013, 11:38am EDT
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DHS putting post-FISMA approach to cyber through a trial run

Three Department of Homeland Security components are testing how ongoing authorizations work. The Office of Management and Budget is drafting a memo to require agencies to change from approving the cybersecurity of systems every three years to a more regular oversight schedule.

Tags: technology , DHS , Jeff Eisensmith , OMB , Mark Powell , Larry DeNayer , Citizenship and Immigration Services , cybersecurity , continuous monitoring , ongoing authorizations , ACT-IAC , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 05/08/2013, 05:30am EDT
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Coast Guard kicks into high gear after Sandy

Nearly 170 people are reported stranded in New York City, where Coast Guard helicopters are now being deployed, said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Jamie Frederick. Most calls the Coast Guard received this morning were inland-based, Frederick said.

Tags: Jamie Frederick , Sandy , DHS , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 10/30/2012, 11:25am EDT
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Federal Drive Interviews -- Oct. 30, 2012

The Federal Drive gets post-superstorm Sandy updates from the National Weather Service and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Tags: Federal Drive , NWS , Steven Cooper , Sandy , Jamie Frederick , Steven Musser , FDA , Debra Katz , Legal Loop , John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service

Tuesday - 10/30/2012, 12:49pm EDT

VA gears up to standardize ratings for exceptional employees

The Veterans Affairs Department's National Cemetery Administration is testing the new employee appraisal system, called GEAR, to better define and measure employee performance. The Coast Guard also is preparing a pilot of the approached designed by the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations.

Tags: workforce , management , OPM , VA , Tim Curry , Curt Odom , Veronica Wales , AFGE , SEIU/NAGE , Mark Bailey , Demetrios Stroubakis , GEAR pilot , The National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations , employee performance appraisals , Jason Miller

Thursday - 10/18/2012, 05:10am EDT
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DHS surfing the retirement wave, turns focus to leadership, morale

Catherine Emerson, the agency's chief human capital officer, said the annual turnover rate is only 1.35 percent for its 240,000 employees. She said new programs, called Cornerstone and Capstone, are trying to ensure employees have the leadership training necessary for the future. The Coast Guard also is increasing employee engagement as it prepares to move into its new headquarters at St. Elizabeth's in Washington.

Tags: Catherine Emerson , DHS , CHCO , workforce , recruitment , cybersecurity , diversity , morale , Manson Brown , management , leadership training , succession planning , Jason Miller , Francis Rose , Agency of the Month

Monday - 09/10/2012, 11:14am EDT
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Tuesday - 09/11/2012, 11:06am EDT
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