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DHS' push for clearer cyber authorities moves to the House

Larry Zelvin, the director of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in DHS's National Protection and Programs Directorate, is expected to tell the House Homeland Security Committee Wednesday that the implementation of the advanced intrusion detection and prevention program known as Einstein is hampered by the lack of clarity of the exact role DHS is allowed to play under the current set of cybersecurity laws.

Tags: technology , DHS , Larry Zelvin , FBI , Joseph Demarest , cybersecurity , information sharing , congress , Heartbleed , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 06:10am EDT

DHS Secretary Johnson offers few insights into management priorities

In his first appearance before House overseers, Jeh Johnson, the DHS secretary, said employee morale is among his top priorities, but didn't say how he would address it. Johnson said he's working to fill top leadership positions on a permanent basis. DHS has a vacancy rate at top positions of 38 percent.

Tags: management , DHS , Jeh Johnson , Mike McCaul , Richard Hudson , St. Elizabeths campus , oversight , morale , workforce , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 02/26/2014, 02:16pm EST

Draft bill would force DHS to change acquisition practices

Rep. Jeff Duncan releases a discussion draft of a bill to add more discipline and oversight to the Homeland Security Department's acquisition process.

Tags: acquisition , congress , Jeff Duncan , DHS , oversight , acquisition policy , contracting , program management , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 02/25/2014, 03:42am EST
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ICE to restart a key element of $800 million, multiyear IT program

Agency officials said Thursday that they will switch from a custom-built to a commercial-off-the-shelf approach to modernize TECS, a mainframe system that has been operating for more than a quarter of a century. ICE spent more than $60 million before deciding to change directions after realizing the custom-built approach wouldn't work.

Tags: DHS , CBP , ICE , TECS , GAO , technology , acquisition , David Powner , Charles Armstrong , Thomas Michelli , agile development , Jared Serbu

Monday - 02/10/2014, 04:04am EST
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Lawmakers raise cybersecurity concerns about HealthCare.gov

The troubled HealthCare.gov website has been the subject of at least one attempted but unsuccessful cyber attack, according to one of the of the Homeland Security Department's top cyber officials. Lawmakers at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing said the consolidation of personal information and the glitch-prone website are cause for concern.

Tags: HealthCare.gov , cybersecurity , CMS , DHS , Bobbie Stempfley , Mike McCaul , House , congress , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 11/13/2013, 04:11pm EST

DHS issues first-ever clean financial audit, but IG says more work needed

For the first time in its history, the Homeland Security Department turned in a clean financial audit. A new DHS inspector general report, however, says the department has "significant deficiencies" in its internal control over financial reporting.

Tags: DHS , financial management , Tom Carper , Bennie Thompson , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , inspector general , audit , Michael OConnell , KPMG

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 04:13pm EST
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27 vendors protest awards under DHS $22B IT services contract

Unsuccessful bidders of one unrestricted portion of the EAGLE II contract are taking their arguments to GAO to try to get a spot on the multiple-award contract. Documents show DHS made no awards to any company whose total bid was more than $500 million.

Tags: contracting , acquisition , industry , GAO , DHS , Ralph White , Mike McCaul , Eagle II , bid protest , Nick Nayak , Jason Miller

Friday - 12/13/2013, 12:18pm EST
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Cause, effect of DHS morale problems tied to leadership vacancies

Despite progress in confirming a new secretary and deputy secretary, DHS still features a large number of officials in acting roles. Former Secretary Tom Ridge told lawmakers the department cannot build nor sustain a mission-focused culture with so many non-permanent positions. NTEU says pay freezes, budget cuts and the government shutdown are more to blame for low morale across DHS and the entire government.

Tags: management , workforce , DHS , Mike McCaul , David Maurer , GAO , Tom Ridge , Max Stier , leadership , morale , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , Bennie Thompson , Jason Miller

Friday - 12/13/2013, 04:18am EST

Lawmakers question DHS' awards under the EAGLE II contract

Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, and Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), chairman of the subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, wrote a letter to DHS Chief Procurement Officer Nick Nayak earlier this week questioning the agency's entire solicitation process.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , DHS , Eagle II , IT services , Mike McCaul , Jeff Duncan , STG , Nick Nayak , Jason Miller

Monday - 11/11/2013, 03:56am EST

Federal building security at risk due to lax training, oversight

A new report from the Government Accountability Office fueled a House subcommittee hearing that revealed security concerns regarding the training and certification of contract guards employed by the Federal Protective Service.

Tags: DoD , DHS , House , Aaron Alexis , Navy Yard shooting , GAO , Jeff Duncan , FPS , Eric Patterson , Mark Goldstein , Greg Marshall , security , Michael OConnell ,

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 02:33pm EDT
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