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Building On A Solid Cybersecurity Framework

With stories of cyberattacks making the news almost daily, it has become more important than ever to protect the critical infrastructure supporting private industry. That's the goal behind a cybersecurity framework mandated by President Obama, developed by the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST), and now being implemented by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In this edition of "AFCEA Answers," we'll get insights into the progress on the framework from Bobbie Stempfley, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity Strategy and Emergency Communications with DHS's National Protections and Programs Directorate. Stempfley will outline the importance of the voluntary nature of the framework, explain the need for highly trained cybersecurity professionals, and discuss how DHS works with other federal agencies and key public and private stakeholders.

Tags: AFCEA , AFCEA Answers , Max Cacas , Bobbie Stempfley , cybersecurity ,

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 02:15pm EDT

Sequestration pushes DHS contract spending to lowest level ever

The Homeland Security Department's contract dollars declined for a second year in a row as sequestration set in. The impact of budget cuts is spread unevenly across its components.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , David Berteau , Jesse Ellman , Nick Nayak , Jared Serbu , sequestration

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 04:28am EDT
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DHS procurement head Nick Nayak to step down

Nick Nayak is leaving as the DHS procurement chief in early July after more than three years on the job.

Tags: Nick Nayak , acquisition , people , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 04:03pm EDT

Online Chat: Charlie Armstrong, CIO, CBP

Federal News Radio hosted an online chat with Charlie Armstrong, assistant commissioner and chief information officer at Customs and Border Protection. If you missed it live, view an archived version of the chat here.

Tags: Charlie Armstrong , CIO , CBP , live chat , information technology , One DHS , budget , online chat

Tuesday - 12/18/2012, 01:36pm EST

Cameron Leuthy, Senior Budget Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The Homeland Security Department's approach to purchasing has never been great. Acquisition management programs have been on the Government Accountability Office's high risk list for years. But a bill that passed the House this week takes aim at the management of these faulty acquisition programs. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) says the bill forces DHS to improve its management. Cameron Leuthy, senior budget analyst for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the bill's intended effects.

Tags: Cameron Leuthy , Bloomberg Government , acquisition , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 06/12/2014, 09:52am EDT
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DHS cancels $6 billon program to detect bioweapons, with no Plan B

After six years, the Department of Homeland Security decided in April to abandon its strategy to upgrade biological weapon detection equipment in large U.S. cities. But there is no backup plan so far, and the current system won't last much longer. To date, DHS says it has actually expended only $61 million on Biowatch 3, and officials told the House Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday that they are moving quickly to come up with a new acquisition plan.

Tags: Congress , BioWatch , GAO , Chris Currie , Reginald Brothers , Deena Disraelly , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 04:36am EDT
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Elaine Duke, Principal, Elaine Duke and Associates, LLC

The Homeland Security Department needs more budget clarity to fix a broken acquisition portfolio. Elaine Duke is former undersecretary of management at the Homeland Security Department. She's now principal of Elaine Duke and Associates. She's looking at how DHS can try to stabilize its funding levels. The Government Accountability Office says more than half the major acquisition projects at DHS are experiencing schedule delays and cost overruns because of sequestration, the shutdown and continuing resolutions during the past two years.

Tags: Elaine Duke , In Depth

Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 06:16pm EDT
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Sequestration forced agencies elsewhere for program funding, GAO says

The Government Accountability Office takes a look at the effects of the 2013 sequester and how agencies prepared.

Tags: sequestration , GAO , oversight , CMS , CBP , education , HUD , budget , Stephanie Wasko

Friday - 05/30/2014, 04:20pm EDT

DHS striving to avoid 'tragic mistake' under cyber program

Under the continuous diagnostics and mitigation program, DHS wants to ensure systems administrators have data on the most pressing threats and vulnerabilities first so they can fix them as soon as possible. John Streufert, DHS's director of federal network resilience, said the recently-awarded dashboard will be set up to do just that.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Jason Miller , Alan Paller , SANS Institute , continuous diagnostics and mitigation , AFCEA , John Streufert

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 04:30am EDT
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Lawmakers worried DHS losing faith in Federal Protective Service

The Federal Protective Service will no longer coordinate security at DHS headquarters on Nebraska Avenue in Northwest D.C. according to a May 1 memo from the agency's chief security officer to the undersecretary for management. The memo was brought to light Wednesday by members of a House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee at a hearing on the security of federal buildings. Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, cited the DHS memo as a possible sign that "confidence in FPS may be eroding" from within DHS.

Tags: Congress , House , House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee , Lou Barletta , Eric Patterson , David Wright , FPS , building security , federal buildings

Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 04:40pm EDT
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