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Obama to nominate new DHS undersecretary for management

Russell Deyo will be nominated to be the Homeland Security Department's next management czar. Danny Marti also is in line to be the next White House Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 06:15pm EDT

DHS Science and Technology seeks help to find its ‘North Star'

Reggie Brothers, the undersecretary for Science and Technology at the Homeland Security Department, is crowdsourcing ideas across four broad goals to determine where research and development is heading over the next decade. He will use the results of the crowdsourcing effort to influence S&T's strategic plan.

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:24am EDT
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The EAGLE (2) has landed, softly

It's go time for the most sought after part of the Homeland Security Department's EAGLE II technology services contract. This post is part of Jason Miller's Inside the Reporter's Notebook feature.

Monday - 08/25/2014, 04:53am EDT

25,000 DHS employees at greater risk of identity theft after hack

New details emerge about the cyber attack against USIS. Hackers accessed personal information of Department of Homeland Security workers, including Social Security numbers, dates of birth and addresses. DHS will offer credit monitoring services to the affected employees.

Monday - 08/25/2014, 04:08am EDT

Official says hackers hit up to 25,000 fed workers

Official says breach at security clearance contractor affects up to 25,000 federal workers

Saturday - 08/23/2014, 10:10am EDT

Lynne Bernabei, Bernabei & Wachtel

Customs and Border Protection has been called a corrupt, narcissistic, paramilitary security force. The man leveling these charges is the former head of internal affairs. James Tomsheck was recently transferred after saying the agency has been untruthful about circumstances involving fatal shootings by Border Patrol agents. Lynne Bernabei is a civil rights attorney with the law firm Bernabei & Wachtel. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this case of a high level whistleblower.

Friday - 08/22/2014, 09:37am EDT
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Cybersecurity Awareness Months plans underway

Plans for the 11th annual Cybersecurity Awareness Month are underway at the Department of Homeland Security. DHS will partner up with the National Cyber Security Alliance to offer different events each week catered for federal agencies, individuals, and private companies. Week One will focus on the basics of cybersecurity. Starting in Week Two the topics get a little more specific. You can learn about how to develop more secure IT products, including cloud systems, and in Week Four the theme is cybersecurity for small and medium-sized businesses. DHS and the National Cyber Security Alliance hope the outreach will strengthen and build cybersecurity best practices for both private companies and federal agencies.

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 11:18am EDT

Edward Lowery, Criminal Investigation Division, Secret Service

In 2013, more than $156 million in counterfeit U.S. currency made it's way into circulation globally before being seized. The modern day counterfeiter is operating in a world of accelerating technology and instant information. Edward Lowery is special agent in charge of the Criminal Investigations Division at the Secret Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how counterfeit criminals have evolved.

Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 08:55am EDT
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Ousted official accuses Border Patrol of cover-up

A Border Patrol official who was removed from his position in June is accusing the agency of covering up "highly suspect" deaths in clashes along the southern border.

Monday - 08/18/2014, 06:28pm EDT

John Roth, Inspector General, Homeland Security Department

Just before last year's sequestration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement let go hundreds of detainees. Officials believe they didn't have the money to house them, and they neglected to tell the Homeland Security Secretary or the President. The detainee release got out in the press. That led to a political fiasco. Did anything go right? John Roth, the DHS Inspector General, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Monday - 08/18/2014, 09:40am EDT
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Anything worth buying once is worth buying 10 times?

Agencies are spending billions of dollars on IT in the human resources arena, yet they are not getting billions of dollars in value. Former DHS Chief Human Capital Officer Jeff Neal says that has to change.

Friday - 08/15/2014, 03:33am EDT

Ken Ammon, Chief Strategy Officer, Xceedium

The 10th anniversary of the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 is upon us. HSPD-12 created a governmentwide standard for the personal ID cards federal employees use to access agency facilities. Ken Ammon is the Chief Strategy Officer of Xceedium. He explained the directive's past and future impact on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 04:10pm EDT
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Agencies slow to move out on DHS cyber program, survey says

A large chunk of the government IT workforce that's charged with implementing the Homeland Security Department's new continuous diagnostics and mitigation initiative still doesn't know much about it. The lack of awareness is most acute with agency inspectors general. But those that have pressed forward with CDM say their networks have already become more secure or less costly.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 05:08am EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Swinging exit doors at VA, DHS, GSA; Procurement fun at HHS

Executive Editor Jason Miller looks at the news and information you may have missed or that slipped through the cracks at conferences, hearings and the like.

Friday - 08/08/2014, 05:52pm EDT

Nick Nayak, Former Chief Procurement Officer, DHS

Federal News Radio's Causey Awards honor top achievers in federal human resources. It's named after our own Mike Causey in tribute to his career spent reporting on issues that matter to the federal workforce. This year judges have selected four winners. One is Nick Nayak, former chief procurement officer of the Department of Homeland Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said human resource management is key to procurement success.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 03:59pm EDT
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

After spending $1 billion on a failed border security fence project, the Homeland Security Department restarted the project a couple of years ago. But it didn't get far. A $145 million award for seven new surveillance towers has been halted thanks to a successful protest. Raytheon filed the protest against the winning bidder, EFW, an affiliate of the Israeli defense contractor Elbit. The Government Accountability Office sustained the protest. In this week's legal loop segment, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to sort out the case.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 08:56am EDT
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Steve LaFountain, National Security Agency

This fall, five more schools will offer an intensive science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education track to students who are serious about federal cybersecurity careers. These Centers of Academic Excellence are overseen jointly by the National Security Agency and the Homeland Security Department. Schools have to pass a meticulous screening process to qualify for the program. Steve LaFountain is dean of the NSA's College of Cyber. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new move.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 08:52am EDT
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Feds to feel the squeeze as cubicles and offices shrink

Federal workers to see as much as 50 percent less cubicle or office space as part of how agencies are reducing office space costs. Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) pressed GSA and others on their preparation to more efficiently deal with 100 million square feet of leased space that is scheduled to expire in the next five years.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:28am EDT
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Nick Nayak, Former Chief Procurement Officer, DHS

The Homeland Security Department's acquisition shop is in a far different place today than it was when Nick Nayak became the chief procurement officer in 2010. The acquisition team — and Nick himself — have won a number of recognitions for progress and excellence. Nick's last day at DHS was the first week of July. In this exit interview, Francis Rose asked him what he'd say to the contracting community about the future of acquisition on In Depth.

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 05:05pm EDT
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Innovation at Homeland

Just as the Pentagon depends on DARPA to keep the military on the cutting edge of science and technology, so too, does the Department of Homeland Security have an ARPA to keep DHS agencies out on the technological edge. On this edition of AFCEA Answers, Dr. Adam Cox, Acting Director of the Homeland Security Advanced Projects Research Agency (HSARPA) discusses the similarities - and the differences - between his organization and DARPA. He explains how "tech foraging" allows HSARPA to meet customer needs while saving taxpayers a buck or two. And he offers an unclassified look at some forward thinking technological solutions now being developed for transportation and border security.

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 11:16am EDT
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