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DHS issues first-ever clean financial audit, but IG says more work needed

For the first time in its history, the Homeland Security Department turned in a clean financial audit. A new DHS inspector general report, however, says the department has "significant deficiencies" in its internal control over financial reporting.

Tags: financial management , Tom Carper , Bennie Thompson , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , House Homeland Security Committee , inspector general , audit , Michael OConnell , KPMG

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 04:13pm EST
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ICE officials present Holocaust Museum with lost Nazi diary

Special agents of them Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Homeland Security Investigations recovered the missing diary of prominent Nazi official Alfred Rosenberg, following a lengthy investigation.

Tags: ICE , Office of Homeland Security Investigations , John Morton , Daniel Ragsdale , Holocaust Museum , Michael OConnell , Alfred Rosenberg , Rosenberg Diary

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 02:25pm EST

Citizenship and Immigration Services eases burden of software development

The Homeland Security Department's CIS is using a continuous delivery model where it automates reviews of software code to ensure security and quality. DHS is using a similar approach for mobile apps called the Carwash, where it's checking the code to compliance with specific requirements.

Tags: technology , mobile computing , agile development , carwash , Peter Chin , Mark Schwartz , Citizenship and Immigration Services , MobileGov , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 05:39am EST
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Private security guards ill-equipped for federal workplace shooting situations

Audits find contract security personnel, which make up the vast majority of the Federal Protective Service's workforce, receive no meaningful training on how to deal with armed attackers. And many operators of X-ray machines and metal detectors at building entrances likely have never been trained to properly use them.

Tags: Federal Protective Service , congress , physical security , GAO , Mark Goldstein , Stephen Amitay , David Wright , Jared Serbu , management

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 04:32am EST
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Senate confirms Johnson as new DHS secretary

By a vote of 78 to 16, the Senate confirmed Jeh Johnson as the fourth secretary of Homeland Security.

Tags: Jeh Johnson , Senate , Tom Carper , Ellen Kortesoja , people

Monday - 12/16/2013, 06:48pm EST

27 vendors protest awards under DHS $22B IT services contract

Unsuccessful bidders of one unrestricted portion of the EAGLE II contract are taking their arguments to GAO to try to get a spot on the multiple-award contract. Documents show DHS made no awards to any company whose total bid was more than $500 million.

Tags: contracting , acquisition , industry , GAO , Ralph White , Mike McCaul , House Homeland Security Committee , Eagle II , bid protest , Nick Nayak , Jason Miller

Friday - 12/13/2013, 12:18pm EST
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Cause, effect of DHS morale problems tied to leadership vacancies

Despite progress in confirming a new secretary and deputy secretary, DHS still features a large number of officials in acting roles. Former Secretary Tom Ridge told lawmakers the department cannot build nor sustain a mission-focused culture with so many non-permanent positions. NTEU says pay freezes, budget cuts and the government shutdown are more to blame for low morale across DHS and the entire government.

Tags: management , workforce , Mike McCaul , House Homeland Security Committee , David Maurer , GAO , Tom Ridge , Max Stier , leadership , morale , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , Bennie Thompson , Jason Miller

Friday - 12/13/2013, 04:18am EST

Former DHS CIO Richard Spires joins Resilient Network Systems as new CEO

Resilient Network Systems appointed former Homeland Security CIO Richard A. Spires as its new chief executive officer. Spires stepped down from the DHS post in May.

Tags: Richard Spires , Resilient Network Systems , industry , people , Luke McCormack , Michael OConnell

Friday - 12/13/2013, 01:51pm EST
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