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Agencies using HSPD-12 as 'glorified ID cards'

The ID card hanging around your neck isn't living up to its potential. The Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) cards allow secure entry into federal facilities.

Tags: Gregory Wilshusen , GAO , HSPD-12 , security , In Depth

Thursday - 09/22/2011, 07:32pm EDT
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Senate committee approves DHS hiring freeze in reauthorization bill

The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted to hold the number of federal employees stable for the foreseeable future. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) said he also wants to look at the size of the agency's contractor workforce as well. The freeze was approved in the committee's first-ever DHS reauthorization bill.

Tags: management , Workforce , Susan Collins , Joseph Lieberman , Rand Paul , Claire McCaskill , senate homeland security and governmental affairs , contracting , Acquisition , TechAmerica , Rafael Borras , Jason Miller , senate homeland security and governmental affairs , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Thursday - 09/22/2011, 06:07am EDT
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FTC relaunches cyber 'on guard' site

The Federal Trade Commission has reshaped and relaunched its OnGuardOnline website.The site includes tips and resources on how to be safe, secure and responsible online.

Tags: Federal Drive , Cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , FTC ,

Thursday - 09/22/2011, 12:35pm EDT

DHS, NIST partner on 'botnet playbook'

The Homeland Security Department and the National Institute of Standards and Technology are teaming up to create a "botnet playbook," which will act as an industry "code of conduct" for dealing with the cyber threat.

Tags: NIST , Federal Drive , Cybersecurity Update , Cybersecurity

Thursday - 09/22/2011, 12:26pm EDT

Thursday morning federal headlines - Sept. 22

On today's Federal Drive: The House fails to pass a continuing resolution, a Senate subcommittee approves a DHS hiring freeze and the Air Force is offering some 6,000 civilian buyouts.

Tags: Federal Drive , Federal Drive newscast , House , Senate , Congress , Air Force , buyouts

Thursday - 09/22/2011, 08:53am EDT

DHS creates new senior cyber position in NPPD

Suzanne Spaulding will replace Phil Reitinger as the deputy under secretary. She worked as a consultant and on Capitol Hill previously. DHS also created a deputy under secretary for cyber security.

Tags: management , Workforce , NPPD , Rand Beers , Suzanne Spaulding , Greg Schaffer , Phil Reitinger , Cybersecurity , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/22/2011, 09:54am EDT

OMB orders governmentwide review of conference spending

Agencies must complete their analysis by Nov. 1 and be prepared to present their findings during the December cabinet meeting with the Vice President. OMB's edict comes after the Justice Department inspector general found excessive spending by the agency. This is not the first time agencies have had trouble controlling conference expenses.

Tags: management , OMB , Jacob Lew , Joe Biden , DoJ , inspector general , conference spending , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/22/2011, 06:51am EDT

How DHS cyber division protects critical infrastructure

Joe Jarzombek, the director of software assurance at the division, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss the workshops DHS is sponsoring at the conference.

Tags: Joe Jarzombek , National Cyber Security Division , ISC(2) , Critical infrastructure , Federal Drive

Monday - 09/19/2011, 11:27am EDT
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Are multiple award contracts out of control?

The proliferation of multiple award contracts across the government has reached a tipping point. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy is on a listening tour trying to figure out how to tame this unwieldy beast. The administration's efforts come as several agencies, including the Homeland Security Department, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Justice Department plan to recompete or issue new procurements for MACs in the coming year.

In our special report, Contract Overload, Federal News Radio's Jason Miller explores all sides of this complex issue. What is the cost to industry to continually bid on these contracts? How do these costs get passed to agencies? Why do agencies believe they need their own MACs instead of using contracts provided by the General Services Administration, or other governmentwide acquisition contracts? What, if anything, can OFPP do to reel in the explosion in redundant contracts?

Tags: contracting , OFPP , GSA , Justice , Treasury , VA , GWAC , Multiple award contracts , Jason Miller , Contract Overload

Thursday - 05/20/2010, 03:59pm EDT
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