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Cyber award to Booz Allen begins CDM's value-chain evolution

DHS and OMB says the continuous diagnostics and mitigation program will begin to show 'intrinsic value' to the government as more and more agencies benefit from the cyber tools and services. GSA's $39 million award to Booz Allen is the second of six awards for tools and services under the program.

Tags: technology , Cybersecurity , contracting , GSA , OMB , Grant Schneider , Mark Kneidinger , continuous diagnostics and mitigation program , Booz Allen Hamilton , Symantec Government Symposium , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:22am EDT
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John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says he's tired of the negative talk about morale. He tells the House subcommittee on government operations, "One of the ways that you improve morale is to stop continually telling my workforce that you have lousy morale." He said a plan is underway and things are getting better. Still, Homeland Security sits atop the list of worst big agencies. John Palguta is vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with his take.

Tags: John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service , Jeh Johnson , morale , Congress , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 09:04am EDT
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Homeland Security chief: Focus on morale hurts morale

Homeland Security Department Secretary Jeh Johnson arrived on Capitol Hill Thursday with a message for lawmakers: Stop focusing on low morale at my agency -- you're only making it worse.

Tags: Employee engagement , morale

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 01:50pm EDT

Congress launches tip line for feds as it takes 'worst' agencies to task

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who oversees the House panel on government operations, says he wants to hear feds' work-related concerns. He created the email hotline after conducting a hearing entitled "The Worst Places to Work in the Federal Government," with three agencies that have struggled with employee morale.

Tags: Best Places to Work in the Federal Government , NARA , National Archives , David Ferriero , Chemical Safety Board , Congress , morale , employee satisfaction , Emily Kopp , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Mark Meadows , Gerry Connolly , Manny Ehrlich , Catherine Emerson , GAO , Robert Goldenkoff

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:07pm EDT

DHS defends FY 2016 cyber budget before Senate subcommittee

The total request for cyber programs at DHS adds up to $1.4 billion. That's just part of the total White House budget request for cyber, which is up 11 percent for FY 2016, or $13.9 billion.

Tags: Cybersecurity , Andy Ozment , Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee , Luke McCormack , Senate , Sean McCalley , budget , Einstein 3

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 06:05pm EDT

Why can't the government dominate in cyber space?

Former DHS Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute discusses the difficulty of establishing a strong cybersecurity program within the federal government on this week's Women of Washington radio show.

Tags: technology , Jane Holl Lute , Women of Washington , Aileen Black , Gigi Schumm , workforce , Cybersecurity , STEM , leadership

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 09:00am EDT

Want to grab cyber talent? Look to better pay

No legislation required: The Office of Personnel Management can create a special pay system for cybersecurity professionals right now, according to the authors of a new report on the federal cybersecurity workforce. More competitive pay could get in-demand experts to stay, they say.

Tags: Cybersecurity , workforce , Booz Allen , Partnership for Public Service , Ron Sanders , Mallory Barg Bulman , John Yelnosky , NSA , Renee Forney , Emily Kopp , pay , hiring , attrition

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 04:11pm EDT

Christian Beckner, Deputy Director, Center for Cyber and Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security is releasing its latest annual report on the National Network of Fusion Centers. The assessment is the fourth the agency has released about how the fusion centers are functioning, and how well they're functioning. Christian Beckner is deputy director of the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said this report corrects a misconception about where the money comes from for the centers.

Tags: Christian Beckner , Center for Cyber and Homeland Security , George Washington University , In Depth

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 04:53pm EDT
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John Roth, Inspector General, DHS

Customs and Border Protection is close to a final solution for its overtime problem. The agency has a program called Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime, or AUO, to give managers flexibility in scheduling. John Roth is Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security. His office completes a deep dive on AUO at CBP. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Roth explained how the program works, the problems he looked at, and the progress the agency is making in fixing the issues.

Tags: John Roth , inspector general , Oversight , In Depth , CBP

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 04:57pm EDT
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