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Borras begins to see the light at the end of DHS' employee morale tunnel

Rafael Borras, undersecretary for management at the Homeland Security Department for the last four years, who recently left DHS to return to the private sector, said the Homeland Security Department needs a tactical, sustained effort to improve employee satisfaction. He said that kind of effort has helped change the way DHS oversees and implements IT programs.

Tags: technology , management , workforce , DHS , Employee Viewpoint Survey , morale , oversight , Program accountability and risk management , Jason Miller , exclusive

Thursday - 02/20/2014, 03:55am EST
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Borras leaves DHS more integrated, on better financial path

Rafael Borras spent the last four years as the undersecretary of management for the Homeland Security Department before leaving Feb. 7. He said his goal was to make DHS more business-like by making it easier to apply data to decisions. Under Borras' leadership, DHS launched the Management Cube and received its first-ever clean financial audit opinion.

Tags: management , financial management , DHS , Coast Guard , shared services , Management Cube , data driven analysis , clean audit , people , Jason Miller , exclusive

Wednesday - 02/19/2014, 03:58am EST
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DHS management chief Borras to return to private sector

Rafael Borras, the undersecretary for management at the Homeland Security Department, is stepping down after almost four years on the job.

Tags: people , DHS , management , Chris Cummiskey , Jason Miller , exclusive

Thursday - 01/30/2014, 02:28pm EST

DHS unleashing data analysts to improve investments

Acting Deputy Secretary Rafael Borras said the goal of the new Management Cube is to merge back-office data into one platform. Data analysts will then find trends and discover opportunities to improve mission investments. The Homeland Security Department will launch the initiative in January.

Tags: management , Keith Trippie , DHS , Management Cube , ACT-IAC , Executive Leadership Conference , budget , data-driven analysis , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 10/29/2013, 04:00am EDT
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Borras elevated to acting deputy secretary at DHS

The White House fills the second in command position while its nominee Alexander Mayorkas awaits Senate confirmation. At DHS, 10 of the top 12 leadership positions are held by acting officials.

Tags: management , people , DHS , Chris Cumminskey , Alexander Mayorkas , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/26/2013, 07:55pm EDT

DHS' slow progress in centralizing acquisition frustrates Congress

Members of Congress are frustrated at what they see as a failure by the Department of Homeland Security to effectively manage the acquisition practices of its various components, leading to poorly defined requirements and wasted money. But DHS says some of the problems are of Congress' own making.

Tags: DHS , management , acquisition , Congress , CBP , GAO , Coast Guard , oversight , Jared Serbu

Monday - 09/23/2013, 06:03am EDT
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DHS, DoD strive for new strategy: be smarter with less

Federal officials say the budget environment with or without sequestration is leading agencies to come to grips with the idea that no matter how much they cut, no matter how much they work to become more efficient, they still will not have enough people or money to get everything done. The goal is to install discipline and data into the decision making process.

Tags: management , DHS , Beth McGrath , DoD , Thad Allen , Coast Guard , Booz Allen Hamilton , Partnership for Public Service , Gene Dodaro , GAO , budget , Jason Miller

Friday - 08/09/2013, 05:52am EDT

Management successes paving the way for One-DHS

Rafael Borras, the Homeland Security Department's undersecretary for management, said in an exclusive interview with Federal News Radio, improvements to back-office functions show how interdependent the agency has become over the last few years. DHS is managing its acquisition, financial management and human capital processes through a holistic approach.

Tags: DHS , acquisition , budget , workforce , financial management , Agency of the Month , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jason Miller , human capital management

Tuesday - 09/04/2012, 03:59pm EDT
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DHS struggles to balance mission costs with new facilities

The agency's headquarters and new bio and agro defense facility are limping along as funding dwindles. DHS' Rafael Borras said new headquarter's projects will be done in segments. Tara O'Toole, who leads the Science and Technology Directorate, said severe budget cuts are one the reasons a new biosafety facility is far from finished.

Tags: management , DHS , Robert Aderholt , House Appropriations Committee , St. Elizabeths Hospital , St. Elizabeths campus , budget , Jason Miller , GSA

Thursday - 03/22/2012, 05:28am EDT
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DHS unification still high risk 9 years later

A check-up of how well the Homeland Security Department is unifying its 22 agencies finds the patient getting better, but still weak. The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management examined the agency's acquisition, human resources and financial management systems. While DHS has a roadmap for improvement, it may not have the tools to implement it.

Tags: DHS , homeland security , acquisition , financial management , Congress , House , technology , Bill Keating , Thomas Marino , David Maurer , GAO , Michael McCaul , Emily Kopp

Friday - 03/02/2012, 01:57pm EST
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