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Coast Guard Commandant lays out budget, acquisition challenges for year ahead

Should an appropriations lapse occur, Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft said the Coast Guard's workforce, acquisition programs and daily operations would be "adversely affected."

Tags: Coast Guard , Paul Zukunft , Management , acquisition , Shefali Kapadia

Friday - 02/27/2015, 11:37am EST

Robert Autry, President, AFGE Local 4060

Funding for DHS expires at midnight tonight, which means Congress is quickly running out of time to pass another continuing resolution. If they don't do it today, nearly 30,000 employees will be furloughed. Among the hardest hit will be FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Robert Autry, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 4060, which represents FEMA headquarters employees here in Washington, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to further explain how a shutdown would impact the agency.

Tags: Robert Autry , AFGE , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , shutdown , FEMA , furloughs

Friday - 02/27/2015, 09:38am EST
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Chris Cummiskey, Former Acting Undersecretary for Management, DHS

The full Senate will likely vote on a bill that would fund the Homeland Security Department past Friday's deadline. It's unclear what moves the House will make next. But DHS is preparing for the worst. Chris Cummiskey was acting undersecretary for management at DHS during the government shutdown in 2013. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he told Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp what DHS managers are doing to prepare.

Tags: Chris Cummiskey , Budget , shutdown , Senate , In Depth

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 04:12pm EST
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DHS Secretary Johnson baffled by 'absurd' budget conversation

A vote in the Senate could come as early as Thursday on a bill that would fund the Homeland Security Department beyond this Friday. If passed, the bill would still have to clear the House, before being sent to the President's desk. While Congress was busy making moves Wednesday, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson went on the offensive to ensure Congress doesn't shut down his department. 30,000 DHS workers would be sent home and the trickle-down effect on state and local governments and law enforcement organizations would worsen if Congress doesn't pass a bill, Johnson said.

Tags: Budget , Jeh Johnson , Congress , shutdown , John Boehner , Bennie Thompson , Ron Johnson , Jason Miller , Workforce , Tom Ridge , Michael Chertoff

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 12:31pm EST

Administration's cyber sharing proposal a 'policy puzzle,' not a panacea

DHS officials tell Congress that while liability protections are key to encouraging companies to share cyber threat data with federal agencies, the department must also work to earn their trust. It must also work through a "policy puzzle" regarding roles and responsibilities surrounding information sharing.

Tags: White House , Congress , cybersecurity , NCCIC , NPPD , Suzanne Spaulding , Phyllis Schneck , Curtis Clawson , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 09:22am EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

In its latest legislative proposal on cybersecurity, the White House argues for liability protections for companies who agree to share cyber threat information with the government and with each other. But the Department of Homeland Security admits that solving those legal questions won't mean companies will automatically open their doors to the data the government wants. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

Tags: Jared Serbu , cybersecurity , In Depth , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 05:29pm EST
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Heidi Burakiewicz, Partner, Mehri & Skalet PLLC

Stop us if you've heard this before. Congress, divided over policy, threatens to let funding lapse for federal agencies. That would cause furloughs for some, and working without pay for others. The last time it happened, federal employees had grounds for a lawsuit over violations of labor law. Could it happen again for Homeland Security employees? As part of this week's Legal Loop, Heidi Burakiewicz, a partner at the law firm Mehri & Skalet, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some answers.

Tags: Heidi Burakiewicz , Mehri & Skalet PLLC , Legal Loop , Federal Drive , shutdown , Budget , furloughs , Congress

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 09:11am EST
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DHS on the brink of partial shutdown: Lessons from those who were there

Former DHS leaders say you don't need a shutdown to harm the department. The threat of a partial shutdown is enough to lower employees' morale and slow down progress.

Tags: continuing resolution , Rafael Borras , Chris Cummiskey , Jeh Johnson , Congress , shutdown , Budget , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 05:54pm EST
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