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 Homeland Security

  1. The center building at DHS headquarters construction on the St. Elizabeths Hospital campus .May 15, 2013 in Washington DC Thomas Brown/Staff Gannett Government Media Corp

    GSA gears up for next phase of DHS consolidation

    The General Services Administration is gearing up for the next phase of its consolidation of the Department of Homeland Security into one location, according to a presolicitation posted on FedBizOpps.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  2. Robert Bray will step down as director of the Federal Air Marshal Service after 39 years in law enforcement.

    Air marshal chief to retire

    Robert Bray to step down after 39 years in law enforcement.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  3. DHS evaluating Heartbleed impact

    Newly discovered flaw could expose passwords, encrypted traffic.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  4. Report: CBP broke hiring laws for Obama campaigners

    Hiring officials at Customs and Border Protection broke civil service laws when hiring three unqualified political appointees favored by the agency commissioner, according to a report in the Washington Post.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  5. DHS seeks next-gen security operations center

    The planned new center would feature more sophisticated technologies to thwart cyberattacks.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  6. Infrastructure plan focuses on resilence, risk management

    The recently-revised National Infrastructure Protection Plan blends cybersecurity and physical security in an enterprise approach, according to Bob Kolasky, director of strategy and policy for the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Infrastructure

    • Apr. 3, 2014
  7. Jeh Johnson, new head of US Homeland Security, said he wants to forge a better relationship with the private sector in order to take advantage of innovation. Getty Images

    New DHS team rushing to make its mark

    There's a new team sitting atop one of the United States' largest and perhaps least understood bureaucracies, and it has recently taken to the stump to convince lawmakers and the public that big changes are coming.

    • Mar. 26, 2014
  8. Legislation would overhaul DHS acquisition process

    Bill would create reporting requirements, incentive programs.

    • Mar. 26, 2014
  9. Phyllis Schneck said a lack of cybersecurity professionals is a challenge for DHS. Rob Curtis/Staff / Staff

    DHS eyeing 'targeted' protections, cyber workforce help

    NIST's cybersecurity framework gives DHS a lot to do.

    • Mar. 25, 2014
  10. Sharnig cyber threat information is part of DHS's mission, amplified in the 2013 cybersecurity executive order. JIM WATSON / AFP

    Alexander: Congress should address cyberthreat information sharing

    Intelligence-sharing has become a higher priority following a 2013 executive order that expanded the Homeland Security Department's Enhanced Cyber Services program.

    • Mar. 19, 2014
  11. Marc Pearl is president and CEO of the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council.

    DHS should take stock of industry relationships

    Pay attention to specialty technology providers.

    • Mar. 17, 2014
  12. DHS to centralize budgeting, acquisition

    The Department of Homeland Security is beginning to centralize its budgeting and acquisition processes in order to boost efficiency, according to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson.

    • Mar. 13, 2014
  13. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection checks a driver's documents coming from Mexico into the United States. John Moore / Getty Images

    President proposes historic numbers of CBP officers

    Customs and Border Protection would hire 2,000 more officers boosting its total to 25,775 under the fiscal 2015 budget proposal released March 4.

    • Mar. 5, 2014
  14. President's budget proposes $1.3B for DHS cyber activities

    President Obama's fiscal 2015 budget request would pour more than $1 billion into the Homeland Security Department's coffers for cyber initiatives, including funding for a new voluntary program for critical infrastructure companies and money to bolster ci

    • Mar. 4, 2014
  15. The under construction fitness center at DHS headquarters on the St. Elizabeth's Hospital campus .May 15, 2013 in Washington DC Thomas Brown/Staff Staff

    Budget request gives DHS consolidation big boost

    The effort to consolidate the Department of Homeland Security in southeast Washington will see a boost under the administration's 2015 budget request.

    • Mar. 4, 2014
  16. DHS awards security contracts

    The Homeland Security Department awarded a pair of multi-million dollar contracts aimed at security, one in biometric identification and one in network security.

    • Mar. 3, 2014
  17. TECS helps border guards determine who should be allowed into the U.S. Gerald L. Nino / DHS

    Border system under fire

    Modernization of mainframe system is progressing, CBP says in rebuttal

    • Feb. 24, 2014
  18. Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis was one of thousands of people vetted by USIS for security clearances. Fort Worth Police Department

    Contractor accused of clearance failure earned more than $1B

    USIS faces a civil complaint for allegedly skipping quality reviews

    • Feb. 21, 2014
  19. DHS had awarded HP a contract to develop iris recognition capabilities for access cards, but the contract is now under protest. DHS

    DHS extends biometrics contracts

    While the department reconsiders a protested contract, the incumbent vendors get another year.

    • Feb. 20, 2014
  20. The Convent Ave. bridge at the Laredo border crossing is due for a renovation under a new General Services Administration/Department of Homeland Security project. Wikimedia Commons

    GSA, DHS team on border-crossing upgrade

    $61M plan includes renovation of an administration building, bridge.

    • Feb. 18, 2014
  21. ICE wants to build a license plate recognition system. Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles

    UPDATED: ICE looking for license plate database

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement wants to create a license plate recognition program to build a database for vehicles entering and exiting the country, according to a solicitation posted on Fed Biz Ops.

    • Feb. 17, 2014
  22. James Griffin, a Transportation Security Administration employee from Chicago, encourages his fellow TSA workers during a protest outside TSA headquarters. Mike Morones / Staff

    Slideshow: TSA officers protest unequal treatment

    Transportation Security Administration officers gathered Feb. 12 outside the TSA headquarters in Arlington, Va., to protest their inability to have adverse personnel decisions reviewed, something most other federal employees can do.

    • Feb. 12, 2014
  23. CBP officers conduct surveillance using unmanned aerial vehciles. Gerald Nino / CBP

    CBP unmanned aircraft flying again

    Agency lifts grounding that kept the fleet on deck for about two weeks.

    • Feb. 10, 2014
  24. Clark Kent Ervin is director of the Aspen Institute's Homeland Security Program and a partner at Patton Boggs LLP.

    The public's critical role in effective security

    The Cold War and the years immediately following 9/11 were bad, but even so, policymakers may well look back on them as the 'good old days.'

    • Feb. 6, 2014
  25. Admiral Robert Papp, Commandant of the US Coast Guard testifies before the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Maritime and Border Security hearing on the future of the Coast Guard's homeland security missions. Rob Curtis/Staff / Gannett Government Media

    Coast Guard chief reiterates support for cutter program

    Robert Papp wants congressional support to replace aging vessels

    • Feb. 5, 2014
  26.  Gary Williams / Getty Images

    CBP grounds UAS fleet

    After having to ditch an unmanned aricraft that suffered mechanical problems, CBP has not said when its other craft will return to service.

    • Jan. 31, 2014
  27. U.S. Border Patrol agent Jesus Juarez searches for drug smugglers along the Rio Grande River on April 11, 2013 in Mission, Texas. John Moore / Getty Images

    Overtime cutbacks spur call for change at Border Patrol

    At Customs and Border Protection, labor and management agree that it's time to change a decades-old old system for providing overtime pay to Border Patrol agents who work irregular hours. They are at odds, however, on what to do in the meantime.

    • Jan. 31, 2014
  28. DHS was one of several agencies that scored below average in a survey of website users and information-seekers. DHS.gov

    Agencies get mediocre public satisfaction scores

    Sluggish websites and other annoyances led to reduced satisfaction in annual survey

    • Jan. 28, 2014
  29. Seen from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter, traffic passes between Mexico and the United States at the San Ysidro port of entry. John Moore / Getty Images

    Spending bill greenlights CBP public-private partnerships

    Pilot program allows agency to accept donations of property and services.

    • Jan. 22, 2014
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