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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

One federal elephant is showing it can learn to dance: Homeland Security, where the use of agile software development is finally moving out of the pilot stage. Citizenship and Immigration Services put out a major solicitation requiring contractors to use agile development across a broad range of enterprise support services. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with details about how CIS is leading the department toward agile.

Tags: Jason Miller , Acquisition , Citizenship and Immigration Services , Agile development , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Friday - 05/29/2015, 10:54am EDT

DHS lets out its 'inner MacGyver' in move to agile IT development

Luke McCormack, the DHS chief information officer, said the combination of budget and technology has pushed the department toward a better approach to application development. The most recent example is the Citizen and Immigration Services' major procurement calling for a widespread use of agile development processes across several enterprise support services.

Tags: Technology , Acquisition , Agile development , Dev/ops , Luke McCormack , Citizenship and Immigration Services , Eagle II , Jeffrey Johnson , FBI , Justice Department , Sentinel , AFCEA , Law Enforcement IT Day , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/29/2015, 04:22am EDT

Amanda Nguyen, Director of Strategy, CHIEF

The Homeland Security Department is one step closer toward getting its own social media group. The Social Media Working Group Act amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002. It already has approval from the House and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The group would meet twice a year to plan how DHS can use social media in disaster response. Amanda Nguyen, director of strategy at CHIEF and former director of Web communications at the Agriculture Department's Office of Communications, tells In Depth with Francis Rose what DHS group should consider.

Tags: Amanda Nguyen , CHIEF , social media , disaster response , In Depth , Technology

Wednesday - 05/20/2015, 04:39pm EDT

TSA IT budget cuts spur innovations in cloud, risk management

Stephen Rice, the TSA chief information officer, said the agency is figuring out how to modernize its IT infrastructure despite seeing a $65 million budget cut over the last three years.

Tags: Technology , Stephen Rice , TSA , budget , innovation , cloud , Data center consolidation , Risk management , Ask the CIO , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/22/2015, 04:31am EDT

Sharla Rausch, Former Deputy Director, Office of National Labs, DHS

Homeland Security Department Secretary Jeh Johnson says his agency can't move forward unless it stops talking about low morale. Sharla Rausch, chair of the Women in Homeland Security STEM Committee, is former deputy director of the Office of National Laboratories for DHS. When she was at the agency, she told her colleagues, "It all boils down to people." But in a piece for Security Debrief, she says rearranging a few of those words more accurately describes how federal employees are feeling today and not in a good way. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose why national security boils down to understanding your employees.

Tags: Sharla Rausch , In Depth with Francis Rose , STEM

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 04:55pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Homeland Security is about to launch a new approach to make cybersecurity information sharing easier. In the next couple of months, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (U.S. CERT) will begin using two new technical specifications called STICKS and TAXI. Both will help DHS automate how cyber information is shared between federal agencies and business. Brad Nix is the deputy director of U.S. CERT. He tells executive editor Jason Miller how DHS is putting these two standards to work to improve cybersecurity information sharing.

Tags: Jason Miller , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , STIX , TAXII , Cybersecurity

Thursday - 05/21/2015, 08:25am EDT

DHS to launch STIX, TAXII service for cyber

The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team will begin using two emerging technical specifications to automate how cyber threat information is shared with the public and private sectors.

Tags: Technology , Cybersecurity , Information sharing , Brad Nix , US-CERT , STIX , TAXII , Cyber Information Sharing and Collaboration Program , Jason Miller

Thursday - 05/21/2015, 04:01am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The hopes and expectations for Homeland Security's continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) program haven't diminished as the cyber program has rolled out over the past year. Nothing has stymied the program. But two recent agency procurements indicate people are tired of waiting. Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about this, among other topics, in his bi-weekly feature "Inside the Reporter's Notebook." He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on CDM's progress.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , CDM , Inside the Reporters Notebook

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 09:49am EDT

TSA, HHS speed up move to cyber dashboards

Is patience running short among agencies over the Homeland Security Department's continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) program?

Tags: Technology , Acquisition , Industry , continuous diagnostics and mitigation program , HHS , TSA , Cybersecurity , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller

Monday - 05/18/2015, 04:16am EDT
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