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Randolph Alles, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Air and Marine

Eight years after unmanned aircraft became a part of border security, the effectiveness of the program remains a question mark. A new Homeland Security inspector general audit says Customs and Border Protection never developed performance measures. Investigators found aircraft don't meet flight goals, and CBP has way undercalculated flight costs. The agency, however, disputes those findings. For the management side of the story, Randolph "Tex" Alles, assistant commissioner of the Office of Air and Marine at CBP, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive. His first bone to pick concerned how long the drones are supposed to be in the air.

Tags: Randolph Alles , CBP , drones , inspector general , oversight , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , John Roth

Monday - 02/02/2015, 09:57am EST
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Stempfley leaving DHS for private sector position

Bobbie Stempfley is heading to the private sector after five years at the Homeland Security Department. She worked in a variety of senior executive cyber positions.

Tags: Bobbie Stempfley , people , cybersecurity , Andy Ozment , Rick Harris , Jason Miller , exclusive

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:43pm EST

Johnson to Congress: Don't make DHS budget a 'political football'

The Homeland Security Department cannot pay for more border security or make recommended changes to the Secret Service as long as it's operating on a continuing resolution, Secretary Jeh Johnson said during a speech at the Wilson Center.

Tags: Jeh Johnson , Wilson Center , immigration , management , unity of effort

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 11:33am EST

DHS 'aces' plain writing report; State, Interior score 'incompletes'

The Center for Plain Language issued its annual plain language report cards Tuesday, with the Homeland Security Department, Social Security Administration and Security Exchange Commission earning top scores.

Tags: Plain Writing Act of 2010 , Center for Plain Language , Kath Straub , Dave Loebsack , Annetta Cheek , SSA , SEC , State Department , Interior Department , Education Department , best practices

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 06:16pm EST

Perry Pederson, Co-Founder & Managing Principal, Langner Group

The Homeland Security Department tries to do the right thing when it gives reporters information through the Freedom of Information Act. But DHS made a huge mistake and wound up releasing dangerous information about the nation's critical infrastrucure. Perry Pederson is co-founder and managing principal of the Langner Group, and former Director of the Control Systems Security Program (CSSP) at the Department of Homeland Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what might happen now that the public knows about Operation Aurora.

Tags: Perry Pederson , Langner Group , Freedom of Information Act , In Depth

Friday - 01/23/2015, 04:07pm EST
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The truth about the federal hiring process

Do federal managers know who they want to hire before even posting a job? Do they rig the process to the benefit of their candidate? And, is it worth it to even apply for a job at an agency given these barriers? Former federal HR exec Jeff Neal offers his candid advice based on his 33 years of experience.

Tags: Jeff Neal , ICF International , MSPB , Merit Promotion Program , hiring , workforce ,

Friday - 01/23/2015, 03:04am EST

Supreme Court decision helps clarify whistleblower protections

The Supreme Court upheld an appeals court's decision that Robert MacLean is eligible for whistleblower protection. The TSA fired the former air marshal for leaking information to the media.

Tags: Supreme Court , Robert MacLean , John Roberts , whistleblower , Tom Devine , TSA , Matthew Tully , Tully Rinckey , oversight , Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 03:17pm EST
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John Roth, Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security

Eight years after unmanned aircraft became a part of border security, the effectiveness of the program remains a question mark. A new Homeland Security inspector general audit reveals, Customs and Border Protection never developed performance measures. Investigators found aircraft don't meet flight goals. And, CBP has way undercalculated flight costs. John Roth is the Inspector General at Homeland Security. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the report and the future of the drone program.

Tags: John Roth , inspector general , drones , CBP , border security , Tom Temin , oversight

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 09:31am EST
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Supreme Court rules in favor of fired whistleblower

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a former air marshal who was fired after leaking plans to the media about security cutbacks can seek whistleblower protection.

Tags: whistleblower , oversight , Supreme Court , Robert MacLean , air marshal , TSA ,

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 01:30pm EST
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