Agency News: Department of Homeland Security

SBInet redux? GAO criticizes gaps in planning for next border technologies

With the echoes of SBInet less than a year old, the Homeland Security Department is embarking on another $1.5 billion border technology strategy without sufficient planning, according to an audit.

'Freak' TSA screener in process to be fired, Blogger Bob says

The TSA found itself in the middle of a social media frenzy this week with the "Get your freak on" note incident.

Lawmakers suggest major restructuring for DHS

Proposal is intended to increase DHS efficiency, but GAO has yet to analyze the idea.

Nicole Willis

Nicole Willis: Downsizing systems at DHS

Willis led the development of an IT architecture that will allow DHS to eliminate more than 100 redundant systems.

Jim Lanoue

Jim Lanoue: Program management gets a makeover

Lanoue improved the management of the Homeland Security Information Network, culminating in a successful TechStat review by the Office of Management and Budget.

House GOP lawmakers introduce DHS authorization bill

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) and other Republicans on the House Homeland Security Committee, introduce authorizing legislation for the Homeland Security Department.

DHS CIO describes 'aggressive stance' on cloud migrations

The Homeland Security Department is being aggressive about adopting cloud computing, its CIO told a House subcommittee.

Coast Guard's Deepwater strategy running aground, official says

The Coast Guard faces some hard choices on its $24 billion Deepwater asset acquisition program, a GAO official told a House subcommittee.

DHS moving public websites to the cloud

The Homeland Security Department is moving its public-facing websites to the cloud on a $600,000-a-year contract.

Coast Guard CIO still needs full authority, audit finds

The Coast Guard's new IT management strategic plan and acquisition guidance earned kudos, but the CIO still does not have sufficient oversight authority, an audit concluded.

Bill would restrict DHS contracting, impose limited hiring freeze

The measure would stop DHS from using cost-reimbursement contracts for production of major systems.

140 inaccurate characters: Social media and disasters

Social media tools can spread disaster information fast, but the possibiity of inaccurate information calls their usefulness into question.

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