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OMB gives DHS new powers to scan some civilian agency networks for cyber threats

In fiscal 2015 FISMA guidance, OMB is trying to close a big hole exposed during the government's reaction to the Heartbleed vulnerability. The White House is giving DHS the authority to regularly conduct proactive scans of certain civilian agency networks. DHS made it clear to Congress earlier this year the delay in getting permission from agencies to scan their networks cost them days in response time during Heartbleed.

Tags: cybersecurity , technology , Heartbleed , OMB , Beth Cobert , management , Shaun Donovan , FISMA , Andy Ozment , Jason Miller

Friday - 10/03/2014, 01:53pm EDT

DHS' Ozment seeks the best metrics for new cyber scorecard

The goal of the scorecard or dashboard would be to give government leaders a better sense of just how secure agency networks are from hackers. As the 11th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month begins, DHS is doing much less education about why securing computers and networks is important.

Tags: Exclusive , Jason Miller , technology , cybersecurity , Andy Ozment , information sharing , scorecard , Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Friday - 10/03/2014, 03:40am EDT
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Andy Ozment, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, DHS

The 11th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month kicks off this week, and it's much different than the previous 10. The main reason is because agencies have finally moved beyond the need to understand why cybersecurity is important. Andy Ozment, assistant secretary of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications in the Homeland Security Department, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller why needing cybersecurity isn't a foreign concept to most within government anymore.

Tags: Andy Ozment , In Depth , Federal Drive

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 04:55pm EDT
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Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

Two construction companies will share a $4.5 billion contract to build the next phase of Homeland Security Department headquarters. But the debate about the future of DHS continues, with some people believing Congress should break it up again. Jeff Neal is Senior Vice President of ICF International and former Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of Homeland Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the agency should live on because the good news from the agency outweighs the bad.

Tags: Jeff Neal , ICF International , In Depth

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 04:33pm EDT
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Secret Service chief resigns amid security lapses

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has resigned amid security lapses at the White House. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson named a former Special Agent in Charge of Presidential Protective Division as the interim acting director.

Tags: Secret Service , Julia Pierson , people , Jeh Johnson , Alejandro Mayorkas , Joseph Clancy , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 03:35pm EDT

Shawn Moran, Vice President, National Border Patrol Council

Relief is coming to border patrol agents on the Mexican border. Congress is boosting spending for Customs and Border Protection to deal with unaccompanied minors. The agency will have the flexibility to hire more agents and staff at detention centers. Plus, the flood of illegal immigrants has slowed down, at least for now. Shawn Moran is vice president of the National Border Patrol Council. He gave Tom Temin an on-the-ground view of what's going on at the border on the Federal Drive.

Tags: CBP , Shawn Moran , National Border Patrol Council , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , workforce , hiring

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 11:44am EDT
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GSA awards DHS headquarters contract to Grunley, Shalom Baranes

Phase two of the Department of Homeland Security's $4.5 billion renovation project at St. Elizabeths is moving forward. The General Services Administration on Tuesday awarded two construction companies with a contract that will help consolidate the agency's office space.

Tags: Grunley Construction Company , Shalom Baranes Associates , GSA , St Elizabeths , Jory Heckman , federal buildings

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 10:27am EDT

Does the federal government really need DHS?

Doing away with DHS would result in a massive government reorganization that would most likely be even messier than the one that created DHS, says former DHS Chief Human Capital Officer Jeff Neal.

Tags: Jeff Neal , ChiefHRO.com , reorganization , Congress

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 02:00am EDT

Rich Cooper, Homeland Security Policy Institute, GW University

The top leaders of the Homeland Security Department are leaving their jobs twice as fast as any other agency in the federal government. The Washington Post reports a dysfunctional workplace and terrible morale are two big reasons why. Rich Cooper is a partner at Catalyst Partners, and a fellow for the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared some recommendations for how to fix the culture of the agency.

Tags: Rich Cooper , George Washington University , In Depth

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:13pm EDT
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