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Does the federal government really need DHS?

Doing away with DHS would result in a massive government reorganization that would most likely be even messier than the one that created DHS, says former DHS Chief Human Capital Officer Jeff Neal.

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 02:00am EDT

Rich Cooper, Homeland Security Policy Institute, GW University

The top leaders of the Homeland Security Department are leaving their jobs twice as fast as any other agency in the federal government. The Washington Post reports a dysfunctional workplace and terrible morale are two big reasons why. Rich Cooper is a partner at Catalyst Partners, and a fellow for the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared some recommendations for how to fix the culture of the agency.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:13pm EDT
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Dana Leigh Marks, National Association of Immigration Judges

Congress left town ignoring the Obama administration's request for more funding to deal with illegal immigration. Dana Leigh Marks is president of the National Association of Immigration Judges and an immigration judge in San Francisco. When we spoke with her at the peak of the surge across the Southern border in July, she described her work as handling death-penalty cases with traffic court resources. She gave an update on the situation on the Federal Drive with guest host Emily Kopp.

Friday - 09/26/2014, 12:17pm EDT
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Johnson pitches DHS regional commanders as part of 'unity' campaign

Drawing upon his past as the Pentagon's top lawyer, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson envisions a clearer chain of command at DHS that would improve coordination among the department's 22 separate agencies.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 03:48pm EDT

Lawmakers debate future of DHS headquarters project

House Homeland Security Committee lawmakers and GAO highlighted funding shortfalls and a need to update plans. Meanwhile, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs majority issued a report detailing why its research shows Congress should make the DHS headquarters consolidation project a priority.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 05:03am EDT

Richard Spires, CEO, Resilient Network Systems

The Air Force might be on a path to insolvency because of its weapons contracts, so it's reinventing its approach to focus more on strategic sourcing. Your agency could probably use some reinvention of its own, especially in the case of large IT contracts. That's according to Richard Spires -- he's CEO of Resilient Network Systems and former Chief Information Officer of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the right relationship an IT contractor needs to have with your agency's contract program office.

Thursday - 09/18/2014, 04:23pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Russell Deyo sailed through his nomination hearing to be the next undersecretary of management at the Homeland Security Department. Deyo, former Johnson & Johnson executive, says getting DHS to have standard financial data will be among his top priorities if the Senate confirms him. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller explained what to expect from Deyo's management plans on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Thursday - 09/18/2014, 09:42am EDT
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DHS management chief nominee's approach is data centric

Russell Deyo sailed through his nomination hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Wednesday. He said the Homeland Security Department needs to consolidate financial management systems so it can use the data to make strategic decisions. The committee also heard from nominees for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and USPS Board of Governors.

Thursday - 09/18/2014, 04:41am EDT
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CBP: 155 force cases need more review

Mark Morgan, interim head of Customs and Border Protection's internal affairs office, said there was no timeline to complete the review and Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske had not decided what information to release on individual cases. One case resulted in a death.

Friday - 09/12/2014, 07:40pm EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Homeland Security Department's new science and technology chief, Reginald Brothers, said he's got a plan to turn around an organization that's taken criticism for overlapping projects, poorly-tracked investments and rock-bottom workforce morale. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu has the details.

Friday - 09/12/2014, 09:25am EDT
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Report: Border Patrol homes cost $680,000 each

Report: Government paid nearly $700,000 per home for Border Patrol housing project in Arizona

Friday - 09/12/2014, 04:23am EDT

DHS S&T chief plans for more relevant research, better employee morale

Dr. Reginald Brothers, the new Homeland Security Department undersecretary for science and technology, wants to revamp DHS' S&T portfolio by making its research projects more relevant to end users, building more connective tissue between headquarters and DHS components and rebuilding workforce morale.

Friday - 09/12/2014, 04:11am EDT
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John Roth, Inspector General, Homeland Security Department

Things are calmer on the southwest border now that the flood of illegal immigrants has declined. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the worst is over. This comes after DHS Inspector General John Roth's investigation into alleged mistreatment of child immigrants at detention centers. The accusations were made by an advocacy group in June. Inspector General Roth joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more details on the investigation.

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 09:59pm EDT
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USIS pushes back against 'misleading allegations'

The troubled federal contractor issued a release to try to separate myth from fact about its handling of security clearances.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 10:02am EDT

DHS: 'Worst is over for now' on border

The Obama administration renewed its plea Monday for Congress to provide additional money to deal with the unaccompanied migrant children at the border, even as Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson declared that "the worst is over for now."

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 03:00am EDT

Report: DHS not prepared for pandemic

The agency stocked up without knowing exactly what it needed and now most of the gear and medicine on hand will be unusable after next year, according to an audit by the agency's inspector general released Monday.

Monday - 09/08/2014, 04:10pm EDT

Confusion rises over the CDM dashboard

Despite news to the contrary, the Homeland Security Department has not picked a vendor to provide the CDM dashboard. This post is part of Jason Miller's Inside the Reporter's Notebook feature.

Monday - 09/08/2014, 04:16am EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Labor, GSA forced to buy systems from bankrupt vendor; dashboard fever strikes DHS

Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news tidbits, strongly-sourced buzz, and other items of interest that have happened or are happening in the federal IT and acquisition communities. In this edition of "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," the OASIS contract gets a green light, and GSA's CFO moves into a new role.

Monday - 09/08/2014, 03:53am EDT

Hackers break into HealthCare.gov

Hackers break into HealthCare.gov but officials say no consumer data compromised

Thursday - 09/04/2014, 11:40pm EDT

IG: DHS spends up to $49M on underused vehicles

DHS has the second largest civilian vehicle fleet in the federal government, with about 56,000 vehicles and operating costs totaling $534 million annually. The department's fleet program manual designates vehicles as underused if they accrue fewer than 12,000 miles per year.

Wednesday - 09/03/2014, 10:30am EDT
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