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Lawmakers contest DHS policy to protect its employees from flu

Rep. Lynch calls department guidance "unacceptable." Others say agency more worried about public relations than employee health.

Tags: mngt , DHS , GSA , DoD , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , CDC , H1N1 , David Weissman , Rep. Stephen Lynch , Rep. Brian Billbray , Rep. Bennie Thompson

Friday - 05/15/2009, 07:50am EDT
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St. Elizabeth campus not big enough for DHS

Agency requests $75 million in 2010 to consolidate leases in D.C. metro area. Acquisition and records management among other high ranking priorities in budget request.

Tags: management , technology , contracting , DHS , GSA , AFCEA , St. Elizabeths , data center , acquisition workforce , Acquisition interns , records management

Tuesday - 05/12/2009, 07:48pm EDT

DHS may not have the funding to work together

Homeland Security is asking for $75 million to consolidate operations and cut the number of leases from 180 to no more than 10. House lawmakers say the DHS and GSA did better in explaining how the funding would be used and where the savings would come from, but members of Congress say tight budgets may force them to spend on operational issues instead.

Tags: management , contracting , Bob Peck , David Price , Hal Rogers , DHS , GSA , House Appropriations Committee , USCG , St. Elizabeth's , DHS headquarters

Friday - 03/26/2010, 07:12am EDT
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DHS's Duke reflects on mega-agency's first Presidential transition

One of the very first middle-management officials at the Department of Homeland Security talks about the recent Presidential transition.

Tags: management , transition , DHS , Janet Napolitano , Michael Chertoff Max Cacas

Monday - 09/21/2009, 06:36pm EDT
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DHS uses week-long COOP, telework exercise to prepare for pandemic

Department to conduct training Sept. 21. It encourages as many employees as possible to telework at least one day that week.

Tags: management , DHS , OPM , GAO , Telework Exchange , H1N1 pandemic , COOP , telework

Monday - 09/14/2009, 06:10pm EDT

Agencies bolster the ranks of fed contracting pros

More spending to track, and fewer workers to do the work. That's the conundrum facing Federal agencies trying to meet the many demands of federal acquisition. In the second of two reports, FederalNewsRadio's Max Cacas looks at how three of those agencies are trying to cope.

Tags: P&B , contracting , acquisitions , GSA , Daniel Akaka , George Voinovich , DHS , John McNally , NASA , John Bashista , DoE , OMB , Max Cacas

Monday - 08/10/2009, 06:49am EDT
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GSA to unveil database to track vendor misconduct

Agencies are struggling to properly use suspension and debarment processes. DHS, DoT and USAID are making major changes to how they oversee contractors after audits find shortcomings in each of their procedures. Lawmakers say they're concerned about contractors who are breaking the law receiving awards.

Tags: contracting , Drew Luten , Greg Woods , Richard Skinner , Calvin Scovel , Ed Towns , Donald Gambatesa , DHS , DoT , USAID , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , GSA , suspension and debarment , contractor oversight , FAPIIS , PPIRS

Friday - 03/19/2010, 07:06am EDT
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Is there a central travel office in DHS' future?

A recent report from the Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security charges that some funds spent for conferences and travel were either wasted, or cannot be accounted for. A Congressional panel which oversees DHS commissioned that report, and is expressing its concern. But the agency says it has already taken steps to better spend and account for its conference and travel budget.

Tags: management , travel , conferences , DHS , DHS Inspector General , Carl Mann , Chris Carney , Max Cacas

Friday - 02/05/2010, 07:00am EST
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DHS continues effort to right-size management structure

Since its creation in 2003, the Department of Homeland Security has been on the Government Accountability Office "high risk" list precisely because of lingering problems linked with trying to manage the super-agency that emerged with the shotgun marriage of 22 separate agencies. Now a Senate oversight panel holds its latest hearing to review efforts to shore up the management of DHS.

Tags: management , DHS , GAO , George Voinovich , Daniel Akaka , Bernice Steinhardt , Max Cacas , homeland security Security

Wednesday - 12/16/2009, 06:38am EST
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