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Nick Nayak, Former Chief Procurement Officer, DHS

The Homeland Security Department's acquisition shop is in a far different place today than it was when Nick Nayak became the chief procurement officer in 2010. The acquisition team and Nick himself have won a number of recognitions for progress and excellence. Nick's last day at DHS was the first week of July. In this exit interview, Francis Rose asked him what he'd say to the contracting community about the future of acquisition on In Depth.

Tags: Nick Nayak , acquisition , In Depth

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 05:05pm EDT
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Steve LaFountain, National Security Agency

This fall, five more schools will offer an intensive science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education track to students who are serious about federal cybersecurity careers. These Centers of Academic Excellence are overseen jointly by the National Security Agency and the Homeland Security Department. Schools have to pass a meticulous screening process to qualify for the program. Steve LaFountain is dean of the NSA's College of Cyber. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new move.

Tags: NSA , cybersecuirty , STEM , Steve LaFountain , College of Cyber

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 08:52am EDT
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DHS cyber executive to retire

Larry Zelvin is stepping down as the director of DHS's National Cyber and Communications Integration Center (NCIC) next month after almost 30 years of government service.

Tags: technology , people , Larry Zelvin , Phyllis Schneck , cybersecurity , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 03:26pm EDT

Cyber handbook provides critical link between DHS, industry

The National Association of Corporate Directors' (NACD) Handbook on Cyber-Risk Oversight, introduced Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington, outlines five key principles that aim to move forward the collaborative cybersecurity effort.

Tags: cybersecurity , industry , Larry Clinton , Andy Ozment , Ken Daly , Shefali Kapadia

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 02:08pm EDT

Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

After spending $1 billion on a failed border security fence project, the Homeland Security Department restarted the project a couple of years ago. But it didn't get far. A $145 million award for seven new surveillance towers has been halted thanks to a successful protest. Raytheon filed the protest against the winning bidder, EFW, an affiliate of the Israeli defense contractor Elbit. The Government Accountability Office sustained the protest. In this week's legal loop segment, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to sort out the case.

Tags: GAO , contract protest , border fence , Immigration , Joe Petrillo

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 08:56am EDT
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Jeff Neal, senior VP, ICF International

The Social Security Administration says its new $300 million IT system still doesn't work. SSA wants to replace outdated computer systems that contribute to its backlog of disability claims. The agency says outside consultants will try to get the project back on track, but it still has no idea when it will be ready to launch. Jeff Neal is senior VP of ICF International and former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security. He's tells Francis Rose on In Depth that it's not just IT projects, but all types of federal contracts that can be where good ideas go to die.

Tags: Social Security Administration , Jeff Neal , ChiefHRO.com , ICF International

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 06:15pm EDT
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DoD, DHS see more, earlier testing as a possible fix to troubled programs

The Defense and Homeland Security departments are pushing project managers to test technology or weapons systems earlier in the acquisition lifecycle to understand and solve potential roadblocks sooner. DoD submitted recommendations to Senate leaders for how to better integrate testing and evaluation into the acquisition lifecycle.

Tags: management , DoD , Steve Hutchinson , Michael Gilmore , project management , acquisition , NDIA , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 08:48am EDT
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House bill would strip premium pay from some TSA officers

The TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act of 2014, sponsored by Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), would no longer classify some Transportation Security Administration agents in the Office of Inspection as law enforcement officers.

Tags: pay and benefits , law enforcement , TSA , House , Mark Sanford , Shefali Kapadia

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 07:53am EDT

Congressmen demand answers from DHS over new USIS contract

Two congressional leaders want to know whether USIS' history was considered when awarding a $190 million Homeland Security Department contract.

Tags: House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform , Elijah Cummings , Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Tom Coburn , Jeh Johnson , DoJ , USIS , security clearance , dumping

Thursday - 07/17/2014, 04:09pm EDT

Agencies reset after missing the mark on cybersecurity goals

Despite steps forward, agencies fell short of their 2014 targets for cybersecurity. The Obama administration is pushing chief information officers to focus on priorities of continuous monitoring, phishing and malware, and authorization processes for 2015, according to the newly released cross-agency priority goals on Performance.gov.

Tags: technology , cross-agency priority goals , Performance.gov , DoD , cybersecurity , continuous monitoring , Stephanie Wasko

Monday - 07/14/2014, 02:52pm EDT
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