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IG: DHS spends up to $49M on underused vehicles

DHS has the second largest civilian vehicle fleet in the federal government, with about 56,000 vehicles and operating costs totaling $534 million annually. The department's fleet program manual designates vehicles as underused if they accrue fewer than 12,000 miles per year.

Tags: inspector general , oversight , Shefali Kapadia

Wednesday - 09/03/2014, 10:30am EDT

Obama to nominate new DHS undersecretary for management

Russell Deyo will be nominated to be the Homeland Security Department's next management czar. Danny Marti also is in line to be the next White House Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator.

Tags: management , White House , Russell Deyo , Danny Marti , Barack Obama , people , intellectual property , Jason Miller

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 06:15pm EDT

DHS Science and Technology seeks help to find its ‘North Star'

Reggie Brothers, the undersecretary for Science and Technology at the Homeland Security Department, is crowdsourcing ideas across four broad goals to determine where research and development is heading over the next decade. He will use the results of the crowdsourcing effort to influence S&T's strategic plan.

Tags: technology , research and development , crowdsourcing , Reggie Brothers , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:24am EDT
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25,000 DHS employees at greater risk of identity theft after hack

New details emerge about the cyber attack against USIS. Hackers accessed personal information of Department of Homeland Security workers, including Social Security numbers, dates of birth and addresses. DHS will offer credit monitoring services to the affected employees.

Tags: cybersecurity , USIS , personal identifiable information , Jason Miller

Monday - 08/25/2014, 04:08am EDT

Cybersecurity Awareness Months plans underway

Plans for the 11th annual Cybersecurity Awareness Month are underway at the Department of Homeland Security. DHS will partner up with the National Cyber Security Alliance to offer different events each week catered for federal agencies, individuals, and private companies. Week One will focus on the basics of cybersecurity. Starting in Week Two the topics get a little more specific. You can learn about how to develop more secure IT products, including cloud systems, and in Week Four the theme is cybersecurity for small and medium-sized businesses. DHS and the National Cyber Security Alliance hope the outreach will strengthen and build cybersecurity best practices for both private companies and federal agencies.

Tags: Cybersecurity Awareness Month , GDIT , GDIT Enterprise Center , National Cyber Security Alliance

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 11:18am EDT

Anything worth buying once is worth buying 10 times?

Agencies are spending billions of dollars on IT in the human resources arena, yet they are not getting billions of dollars in value. Former DHS Chief Human Capital Officer Jeff Neal says that has to change.

Tags: Jeff Neal , commentary , human relations , workforce , management

Friday - 08/15/2014, 03:33am EDT

Agencies slow to move out on DHS cyber program, survey says

A large chunk of the government IT workforce that's charged with implementing the Homeland Security Department's new continuous diagnostics and mitigation initiative still doesn't know much about it. The lack of awareness is most acute with agency inspectors general. But those that have pressed forward with CDM say their networks have already become more secure or less costly.

Tags: cybersecurity , technology , SANS Institute , CDM , Kenneth Durbin , Tony Sager , Tim Woods , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 05:08am EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Swinging exit doors at VA, DHS, GSA; Procurement fun at HHS

Executive Editor Jason Miller looks at the news and information you may have missed or that slipped through the cracks at conferences, hearings and the like.

Tags: Jason Miller , Inside the Reporters Notebook , VA , GSA , HHS , DoT , cybersecurity , acquisition , technology , contracting , Buyers Club , T4 , Stan Lowe , Maria Roat , Charles De Sanno , Jenny Menna , Matt Goodrich , Bobbie Stempfley

Friday - 08/08/2014, 05:52pm EDT

Feds to feel the squeeze as cubicles and offices shrink

Federal workers to see as much as 50 percent less cubicle or office space as part of how agencies are reducing office space costs. Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) pressed GSA and others on their preparation to more efficiently deal with 100 million square feet of leased space that is scheduled to expire in the next five years.

Tags: management , real property , Lou Barletta , GSA , Norman Dong , Jeffrey Orner , DoD , HHS , EJ Holland , Freeze the Footprint , House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee , Eleanor Holmes Norton , Ariel Levin-Waldman

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:28am EDT
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