Agency News: Department of Homeland Security


DHS left gaps in Quadrennial Review, says GAO

The Homeland Security Department completed its first Quadrennial Review earlier this year without fully addressing what Congress asked for, according to a GAO audit.

Napolitano calls for cybersecurity partnership

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the government is emphasizing cybersecurity in part because it has ramifications beyond the Internet.

DHS makes moderate progress on IT management, IG says

The Homeland Security Department got moderate scores for IT management, acquisition and emergency management in a new report from Inspector General Richard Skinner.

Fusion centers hampered by limitations of DHS nets, IG says

The Homeland Security Department's ability to share intelligence information through IT with state and local authorities is improving, but still has significant gaps, an audit finds.

FEMA's contracting oversight is lax, auditors say

The Federal Emergency Management Agency in trouble over allegations that it failed to comply with a 1972 law in monitoring some contracts, according to a new audit.

DHS boosts E-Verify with links to passport photo database

The Homeland Security Department is checking the authenticity of U.S. passport photos with the State Department for people seeking to prove their identity to the E-Verify employment verification system.

3 case studies in social media experimentation

Agencies and government contractors are notoriously reluctant to take risks, but some are venturing into the world of social networks, multimedia and interactive blogging and finding success.

Cyber 'epidemic' grows more urgent

With cyber threats to linked systems a potential epidemic, a panel of security leaders call for government to step up efforts on standards, collaboration and raising public awareness.

Agencies hard hit by shortage of cybersecurity pros

Programs are under way to identify, educate and provide career paths for potential cybersecurity professionals demanded by government and private industry, a panel of experts said, but it will be years before the pipeline is producing.

Emergency access granted in test of interoperable ID system

An emergency preparedness event involving federal, state and private-sector officials demonstrated ID verification technology to scan and clear first responders from federal, state, local and commercial organizations.

FEMA has gaps in disaster IT systems, IG says

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has made moderate progress in most key areas since 2008 but still has weak spots in disaster preparedness, according to a new audit.

DOD, DHS working on one-two punch for cybersecurity

The Defense and Homeland Security departments have launched an initiative to share analysts and coordinate their cyber operations to protect critical infrastructure in the United States.