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DHS nominee Mayorkas defends integrity, offers plans to improve employee morale

Despite being under investigation, Alejandro Mayorkas testified today on becoming the next deputy secretary for the Department of Homeland Security. Mayorkas said that claims he exercised undue influence on cases in his agency, U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services, are false.

Tags: DHS , Congress , Senate , oversight , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Tom Carper , Alejandro Mayorkas , Janet Napolitano , Tom Coburn

Thursday - 07/25/2013, 06:01pm EDT

Federal Drive interviews - May 22

The Federal Drive talks to the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services about its new and long-awaited electronic system. Plus, we continue our series on the Service to America Medal finalists and learn about a "stock market" for fish.

Tags: Federal Drive , Kyle Myers , Alejandro Mayorkas , Rick Robins , FDA , Service to America Medals , USCIS Transformation , Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council

Tuesday - 05/22/2012, 09:48am EDT

Immigration agency opens gate for online applications

After years of planning and months of delays, USCIS will launch its online portal, ELIS, on Tuesday. But the portal will only be open to a fraction of benefit seekers while the agency works out the kinks.

Tags: DHS , USCIS Transformation , Alejandro Mayorkas , ELIS , immigration

Tuesday - 05/22/2012, 01:16pm EDT
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Citizenship and Immigration Services readies for electronic transformation

USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas gives an update on the Transformation initiative.

Tags: Alejandro Mayorkas , DHS , technology , management , Federal Drive

Friday - 12/09/2011, 10:40am EST
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IT community prepares for major policy change

It's enough of a challenge to make the disparate IT systems of different agencies within a mega-department like Homeland Security work together. But what happens when those systems have to extend to counterparts in other cabinet-level departments? That was the topic of a panel discussion at the recently concluded AFCEA Homeland Security Conference.

Tags: technology , mngt , State , DHS , AFCEA , Kirit Amin , Leslie Hope , Luke McCormack

Friday - 02/26/2010, 07:20am EST
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USCIS begins move away from paper

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is about to begin its transition to an electronic application environment. Up until now, the agency has relied almost entirely on paper based systems for applications for citizenship, visas and other immigration matters. By the end of the year, they'll start rolling out a digital system that handles forms dealing with adjustments to immigration status. USCIS intends to add on new capabilities in six month increments, eventually building up to an all-electronic system.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology ,

Monday - 09/19/2011, 05:55pm EDT

Federal partners crackdown on immigration scams

DHS, DOJ and FTC collaborate with state and local partners in and unprecedented effort. DHS's Alejandro Mayorkas explains how it works.

Tags: Federal Drive , DHS , DoJ , FTC , Alejandro Mayorkas , immigration scams

Friday - 06/10/2011, 10:08am EDT
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DHS launches e--Verify self-check

Immigrants and other job seekers in five states and the District of Columbia with questions about their eligibility to work in the United States can now use a government database to verify their own status. USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas explains how it all works.

Tags: Federal Drive , DHS , eVerify , Alejandro Mayorkas

Tuesday - 03/22/2011, 09:08am EDT
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Insider threats a cyber concern at DHS

Immigration processing is vulnerable to insider threats according to a new report from the DHS inspector general.

Tags: Federal Drive , Cybersecurity Update , DHS , insider threats , IG

Monday - 02/28/2011, 10:30am EST
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