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Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ)

For the Department of Homeland Security, making its 22 components' radio systems interoperable with one another has been an objective since the department was created in 2003. But today, DHS still can't account for all of its communications assets -- let alone get them to talk to each other. Last night, the House passed legislation designed to get things moving. Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ) is the ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness and the prime sponsor of the DHS Interoperable Communications Act. He explained the details of the bill on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: Congress , Rep. Donald Payne , House Committee on Emergency Preparedness

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 05:06pm EDT
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House passes bills tackling DHS communications during disasters

Legislation passed by the House creates a social media working group for the Department of Homeland Security, and adds in requirements and accountability processes to improve interoperability across the agency.

Tags: interoperable communications , social media , House , bill , working group , Susan Brooks , Donald Payne , Dena Levitz , Congress , emergency preparedness

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 12:53pm EDT

Agencies on the right track with open data

Former DHS technology leader Dan Katz believes the continued surge in the amount of data produced daily will provide a "renaissance, of really innovative, really high-value solutions" to the government's open data issues.

Tags: open data , Dan Katz , In Depth , INADEV , Open Data Initiatives , Open Data Policy , Project Open Data , DATA Act , ACT-IAC , Ellen Kortesoja

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 02:25pm EDT

HHS Buyers Club opens door to innovative approaches to IT projects

The Department of Health and Human Services isn't following in the footsteps of the Oscar winning movie, Dallas Buyers Club. Rather, HHS is trying to help contracting officers recognize agile and iterative approaches to buying and managing technology programs.

Tags: technology , acquisition , contracting , HHS , Bryan Sivak , Mike Pozmantier , Mark Naggar , Jason Miller

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 08:39am EDT

GSA, DHS about ready to turn the spigot on for a new set of cyber tools

The General Services Administration and the Homeland Security Department are putting the final touches on the next set of contracts that will truly kickstart the federal move toward dynamic cybersecurity protections of agency networks and computers. The two agencies will release six task orders under the $6 billion CDM program in the coming year to implement tools and services across more than 40 agencies.

Tags: technology , GSA , Jim Piche , cybersecurity , industry , contracting , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 04:08am EDT
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Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

The Homeland Security Department fires more of its employees than any other agency. Last year DHS dropped almost 1 percent of its workforce. The Federal Times reports the government-wide average is about half that. Jeff Neal is senior vice president of ICF International and former Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of Homeland Security. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose those numbers might sound low, but they're actually pretty normal for the federal government. Read Neal's related column.

Tags: Jeff Neal , InDepth , workforce , firings , ICF International , CHCO

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 04:16pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Homeland Security Department is putting up almost $100 million to fund the next generation of cybersecurity technologies. DHS issued a broad agency announcement that lists the first four areas in which DHS wants to know the art of the possible. Doug Maughan, director of the DHS Science and Technology Directorate's cybersecurity division, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about the initial set of cybersecurity research areas. Read Jason's related article.

Tags: Jason Miller , InDepth , Doug Maughan , cybersecurity , technology , R&D

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 04:22pm EDT
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DHS S&T antes up $95M for cyber research, development

The Science and Technology Directorate issued a Broad Agency Announcement and four specific solicitations to get industry, academia and others thinking about how to improve cybersecurity. Over the next nine months, the agency will review white papers, proposals and make awards, with expectations of the development of commercial or open source projects in the next year or two.

Tags: technology , acquisition , Douglas Maughan , cybersecurity , research and development , industry , Jason Miller

Friday - 06/27/2014, 04:02am EDT
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Senate panel OKs $47B DHS budget

The bill boosts the administration's request for the Customs Service and Border Patrol for initial handling of unaccompanied immigrant children arriving on the southern border by $77 million.

Tags: Senate , budget , Customs and Border Patrol

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 03:30pm EDT

Small government agencies have ground to make up in privacy, cybersecurity compliance

A new report from the Government Accountability Office suggests the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Management and Budget need to take a more active role in monitoring and guiding small agencies when it comes to their security and privacy-protection programs.

Tags: cybersecurity , GAO audit , OMB , small agencies , privacy , security , FISMA

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 03:33pm EDT
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