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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 SSA wants to replace outdated computer systems that contribute to its backlog of disability claims.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

Report: Chinese hackers hit OPM networks

Chinese hackers broke into OPM computer networks earlier this year with the intention of accessing the files of tens of thousands of federal employees who had applied for top-secret security clearances, according to a media report. OPM tells Federal News Radio, "neither OPM nor US-CERT have identified any loss of personally identifiable information."

Tags: OPM , hackers , Chinese , US CERT , cybersecurity , technology

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 01:31pm EDT

Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ)

For the Department of Homeland Security, making its 22 components' radio systems interoperable with one another has been an objective since the department was created in 2003. But today, DHS still can't account for all of its communications assets -- let alone get them to talk to each other. Last night, the House passed legislation designed to get things moving. Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ) is the ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness and the prime sponsor of the DHS Interoperable Communications Act. He explained the details of the bill on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: Congress , Rep. Donald Payne , House Committee on Emergency Preparedness

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 05:06pm EDT
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House passes bills tackling DHS communications during disasters

Legislation passed by the House creates a social media working group for the Department of Homeland Security, and adds in requirements and accountability processes to improve interoperability across the agency.

Tags: interoperable communications , social media , House , bill , working group , Susan Brooks , Donald Payne , Dena Levitz , Congress , emergency preparedness

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 12:53pm EDT

Agencies on the right track with open data

Former DHS technology leader Dan Katz believes the continued surge in the amount of data produced daily will provide a "renaissance, of really innovative, really high-value solutions" to the government's open data issues.

Tags: open data , Dan Katz , In Depth , INADEV , Open Data Initiatives , Open Data Policy , Project Open Data , DATA Act , ACT-IAC , Ellen Kortesoja

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 02:25pm EDT
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