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IG Report: Better acquisition monitoring needed at DHS

In his review of the Department of Homeland Security, the DHS inspector general says the agency needs better monitoring of catching duplicative programs and acquisition. An independent auditor also outlines some flaws at DHS.

Tags: OIG , oversight , Tom Carper , acquisition , Acquisition management , Jory Heckman , management

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 11:30am EST

Congress passes bills to reduce duplicative reports, improve access to public records

Wednesday was a productive day for Congress as the House sent two bills to President Barack Obama and a pair of critical DHS nominees head to the Senate floor.

Tags: Congress , Senate , House , duplicative reports , Darrell Issa , Mark Warner , Kelly Ayotte , Elijah Cummings , Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Tom Carper , Russell Deyo , public records , Sarah Saldana , Elise Garofalo

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 01:16pm EST

VA and the office of redundancy office

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald is making news with his plans to reorganize the Department of Veterans Affairs. Jeff Neal, senior vice president for ICF International, says the Secretary's moves are a good start because VA, like most large agencies, has its fair share of redundant organizations.

Tags: Jeff Neal , ChiefHRO.com , Veterans Affairs , Bob McDonald , workforce , redundancy , management

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:51am EST

Deon Viergutz, President, Fort Meade Alliance

It's no surprise that guarding against cyber threats is a priority for agencies. Data breaches at Homeland Security and a computer threat at the White House are just a few of many recent cyber attacks to hit the federal government. Agency officials say security policies are important but so is employee training. The Fort Meade Alliance surveyed government IT professionals and found more than 60 percent agreed cyber training should be a top priority. Deon Viergutz, president of the Fort Meade Alliance, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the survey.

Tags: Deon Viergutz , cybersecurity , Fort Meade Alliance , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , management , data breaches , training , workforce

Friday - 11/07/2014, 07:50am EST
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Goode out, Toler promoted as DHS cyber roles churn

Brendan Goode, the director of the Network Security Deployment division in the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C), is leaving for the private sector. Danny Toler, deputy director of Federal Network Resilience division, will replace him.

Tags: people , cybersecurity , Brendan Goode , Danny Toler , Andy Ozment , Jason Miller , exclusive

Friday - 11/07/2014, 12:14pm EST

Alan Duncan, Assistant Inspector General, TIGTA

The Internal Revenue Service will miss its deadline to start using personal ID cards to get in and out of federal buildings. It was supposed to have the system ready by 2015 as part of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12. Alan Duncan is assistant inspector general for security and information technology audits for the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he expained why the IRS will miss the deadline.

Tags: IRS , OIG , security , IT

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 04:52pm EST
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Increasing building security may be a problem for FPS, GAO says

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has said he wants to increase security at federal buildings. But the FPS, the agency responsible for doing so, may not be up to the task. GAO's Mark Goldstein said the FPS has a number of long-standing problems to solve before it can adequately protect anyone.

Tags: building security , workforce , GAO , FPS , Mark Goldstein , federal buildings , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Jeh Johnson , Matt Wingfield , management , contracting

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 02:46pm EST
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Mark Goldstein, Director of Physical Infrastructure Issues, GAO

After a gunman opened fire at Canada's National War Memorial and Parliament, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he wants to beef up security at federal buildings. But as Mark Goldstein, GAO's director of physical infrastructure issues, explained on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, more security means a greater workload for the Federal Protective Service. Reports from the Government Accountability Office show the small agency isn't always prepared for new threats.

Tags: Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Mark Goldstein , GAO , building security , federal buildings , Federal Protective Service , workforce

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 08:36am EST
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Doug Maughan, Director of Cybersecurity Division, DHS

First, the Department of Homeland Security had the Car Wash. Now, it has the SWAMP - the latest effort to improve the quality and reliability of apps running on government networks. In part 2 of his interview with Doug Maughan, director of the Cybersecurity Division in DHS' Science and Technology Directorate, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller asked Maughan how SWAMP is improving software assurance.

Tags: Doug Maughan , cybersecurity , technology , SWAMP , Car Wash , apps , Science & Technology Directorate , Jason Miller

Monday - 11/03/2014, 02:56pm EST
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Cars, toasters, medical devices add to DHS' cyber headaches

The Science and Technology Directorate's Cybersecurity Division received dozens of proposals to protect the next emerging area for cybersecurity, called physical systems. S&T will receive 70 proposals across four major areas and award $95 million to the best ideas in early 2015.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Research and development , contracting , FDA , HHS , cyber crime , Jason Miller , Doug Maughan

Friday - 10/31/2014, 04:36am EDT
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