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 Homeland Security

  1. Tethered to a ground station, a PTDS aerostat like this one can provide surveillance as far as 100 miles away, for weeks at a time. Lockheed Martin

    DHS tests Army aerostat for border protection

    Lockheed Martin and the Army are providing operational support for the Persistent Threat Detection System aerostat.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  2. GAO upholds protest against USIS contract

    The Government Accountability Office dealt background investigation contractor USIS another blow by upholding a protest from a rival company over the awarding of a $210 million contract.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  3. Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, speaks during the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council's symposium on the future of DHS enterprise. Rob Curtis/Staff

    DHS head: Cybersecurity, Unity of Effort top priority list

    Jeh Johnson seeks greater efficiency within DHS components.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  4. Transportation Security Administration Administrator John Pistole is stepping down. AFP/Getty Images

    TSA chief announces retirement

    John Pistole served for more than four years.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  5. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson (pictured) and Army Gen. Charles Jacoby are in regular contact on threats that call for collaboration. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Army, DHS leaders seek closer partnership

    Ebola, ISIL, other threats call for collaborative approaches.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  6. The new completion date for the renovation of St. Elizabeths Hospital's historic center building is fall 2017. Staff

    GSA awards contract for new DHS HQ

    Two construction firms will renovate building at the former St. Elizabeth's Hospital campus.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  7. iRobot's 510 PackBot, a bomb disposal and surveillance tool, can climb stairs and lift up to 15 pounds. iRobot

    Small unmanned systems find growing security role

    UAVs are just one piece of the universe of unmanned systems.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  8. Phyllis Schneck: Building trust is a crucial component of cybersecurity. Rob Curtis/Staff

    DHS cyber chief emphasizes resiliency, building trust

    Cybersecurity is part of homeland security, says Phyllis Schneck, leader of the National Protection and Programs Directorate.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  9. The IG is faulting FEMA for spending too much in the aftermath of floods in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 2008. David Greedy / Getty Images

    IG report: FEMA misstep cost agency $12 million

    Audit finds agency replaced buildings it could have repaired.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  10. DHS IG claims reform progress after change in leadership

    The Department of Homeland Security's top watchdog has worked to improve its independence and strengthen its oversight, according to Inspector General John Roth.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  11. DHS plans to operate as a more unified agency and dedicate resources to higher-risk areas, Secretary Jeh Johnson said. Rob Curtis/Staff

    DHS officials tie agency future to risk management

    One-size-fits-all is not an effective strategy, says secretary.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  12. Border Patrol to test body cameras on agents

    Border authorities will begin testing body cameras in response to criticism about use-of-force incidents.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  13. In addition to pay schedule changes, the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2013 requires the agency to assess its staffing and funding needs at every post along the border. Donna Burton

    Senate overhauls border patrol overtime pay

    New act sets up three overtime pay schedules for more predictable paychecks.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  14. Detainees sleep in a holding cell at a DHS processing facility in Brownsville, Texas. Eric Gay-Pool/Getty Images

    Immigration surge pressures DHS budget

    DHS reallocates funding to address flood of minors.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  15. A Customs and Border Protection officer checks the identification of a person crossing from Mexico into the United States at the San Ysidro port of entry on November 14, 2013 in San Diego. CBP wasted millions on an employee housing project. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) John Moore / Getty Images

    Report: CBP wasted millions on employee housing project

    Customs and Border Protection wasted millions of dollars on employee housing in the American southwest, according to an inspector general report released Sept. 3.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  16. 64 small businesses are on DHS' EAGLE II contract. Thomas Brown/Staff

    Small firms eager for EAGLE II opportunities

    64 small businesses are on the DHS contract.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  17. Roger Waldron, of the Coalition for Government Procurement, questions whether EAGLE II is needed. File

    EAGLE II protest odyssey nears an end

    Contract's largest track still held up.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  18. DHS is trying to expand its use of biometrics. Dave Einsel / Getty Images

    DHS could get millions for IDENT biometrics

    Pending funding bills would provide resources to upgrade system.

    • Sep. 5, 2014
  19. EAGLE II, the next major DHS IT contract, is nearly in full operation. Win McNamee/Getty Images

    EAGLE II gathers momentum

    Two years after the first contracts were awarded, DHS's multiple-award technology program is nearly in full force.

    • Sep. 4, 2014
  20. EAGLE II provides several features that will make it even more useful, according to DHS. JIM WATSON / AFP

    EAGLE II offers new features and flexibilities

    The new contracting platform consolidates functional areas, allows post-award teaming.

    • Sep. 4, 2014
  21. DHS is preparing to bring EAGLE II IT contract program into full flight AFP

    Agencies and industry prepare for new contract

    As the final steps proceed, preparations are underway.

    • Sep. 4, 2014
  22. DHS picks InfoReliance for EINSTEIN support

    The $65 million contract also covers other projects.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  23. The Coast Guard has deployed electronic aids to navigation, or eATONS, around the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, a critical piece of Bay Area infrastructure. Coast Guard/Levi Read

    Coast Guard tests virtual assets

    Electronic markers, virtual fences and other high-tech tools can aid navigation, security.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  24. A multiagency team is working to determine how many DHS employees may have been affected by the cyber attack. JIM WATSON/AFP

    DHS, OPM suspend contracts with USIS after major cyber attack

    Successful hack potentially exposes personal information of DHS employees.

    • Aug. 7, 2014
  25. VIDEO: Michael Daniel on Russian cyber attack

    DHS employees might have had personal information compromised.

    • Aug. 7, 2014
  26.  KAREN BLEIER / AFP

    House passes DHS cyber bills

    The trio of bills would strengthen partnerships, increase resources.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  27. James Clapper: A 'perfect storm' is making the U.S more vulnerable to terrorists. File

    Clapper: Terror threat is growing

    A 'perfect storm' or factors is making the nation more vulnerable, 10 years after the 9/11 Commission's report.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  28. Reclassifying some TSA personnel would lead to lowered salaries and pension benefits, according to the bill. Scott Olson/Getty Images

    House passes bill to demote some TSA officers

    Agents who spend less than half their time on law enforcement could see a pay cut.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  29. DoD cyber exercise builds on National Guard's lead

    DHS, FBI take part in test drive of operational capabilities

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  30. Sen. Tom Coburn wants to know why DHS awarded a contract to a company accused of fraud involving security clearance investigations. Rob Curtis/Staff / Federal Times

    Lawmakers knock DHS for contract with company accused of fraud

    USIS gets new contract despite ongoing litigation with the Justice Department

    • Jul. 18, 2014
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