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Borras begins to see the light at the end of DHS' employee morale tunnel

Rafael Borras, undersecretary for management at the Homeland Security Department for the last four years, who recently left DHS to return to the private sector, said the Homeland Security Department needs a tactical, sustained effort to improve employee satisfaction. He said that kind of effort has helped change the way DHS oversees and implements IT programs.

Tags: technology , management , workforce , Rafael Borras , Employee Viewpoint Survey , morale , oversight , Program accountability and risk management , Jason Miller , exclusive

Thursday - 02/20/2014, 03:55am EST
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Borras leaves DHS more integrated, on better financial path

Rafael Borras spent the last four years as the undersecretary of management for the Homeland Security Department before leaving Feb. 7. He said his goal was to make DHS more business-like by making it easier to apply data to decisions. Under Borras' leadership, DHS launched the Management Cube and received its first-ever clean financial audit opinion.

Tags: management , financial management , Rafael Borras , Coast Guard , shared services , Management Cube , data driven analysis , clean audit , people , Jason Miller , exclusive

Wednesday - 02/19/2014, 03:58am EST
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Immigration and Customs Enforcement stirs privacy concerns with RFP

DHS ICE issued a solicitation looking for a vendor to provide technology to let law enforcement officers hook into the National License Plate Recognition Database.

Tags: technology , acquisition , industry , contracting , Immigration and Customs Enforcement , ACLU , privacy , Jason Miller

Monday - 02/17/2014, 03:50am EST

White House cyber framework focuses on flexibility, risk for critical infrastructure providers

NIST led the year-long effort to develop the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. Agencies now must review regulations to ensure alignment with the framework. DHS also launches a new voluntary program that will offer access to a variety of federal resources to help companies improve cybersecurity.

Tags: technology , NIST , Michael Daniel , White House , U.S. Chamber of Commerce , cybersecurity , critical infrastructure providers , Energy , Daniel Poneman , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 02/12/2014, 04:15pm 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: CBP , 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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DHS sees a wave of information sharing as the key to raising all cyber boats

Phyllis Schneck, the deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity in the National Protection and Programs Directorate at DHS, said the department's goal is to further the trust relationship with industry around sharing and understanding cybersecurity threats.
February 6, 2014

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Phyllis Schneck , information sharing , Ask the CIO , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 02/05/2014, 01:45pm EST
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Agencies experiencing a widening cybersecurity reality gap

The inconsistent way inspectors general review the security of federal networks and computers is causing uncertainty around what is working and what isn't in the federal government. A recent State Department IG management alert is a prime example of this growing disconnect.

Tags: technology , State Department , cybersecurity , NIST , Ron Ross , Pat Howard , Alan Paller , David Kotz , Kathleen Tighe , Education Department , oversight , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 02/05/2014, 04:54am EST
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Agencies eager to understand benefits of cloud credential exchange

The Postal Service will kick off its pilot to provide identity management services in the cloud in early 2014. The IRS and DHS also are pursuing complimentary initiatives to authorize and authenticate users.

Tags: technology , Donna Roy , Naomi Lefkovitz , NIST , USPS , identity management , IRS , Sharon James , AFCEA , Federal Cloud Credential Exchange , cloud computing , Jason Miller

Friday - 11/15/2013, 04:01am EST

DHS, SANS Institute join forces to give agencies cyber primer

Federal employees are eligible for a free one-day training session in early November on implementing continuous monitoring. The goal is to help agencies make good use of the continuous diagnostics and monitoring contract DHS awarded in August.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , SANS Institute , John Pescatore , continuous monitoring , training , workforce , Jason Miller

Friday - 10/18/2013, 03:40am EDT
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DHS faces challenges in coordinating cyber efforts across government

The Homeland Security Department has received a mixed report from the inspector general on coordinating cyber operations across government, along with seven recommendations for improvement.

Tags: cybersecurity , technology , information sharing , Shefali Kapadia

Tuesday - 11/05/2013, 04:24am EST
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