Agency News: Department of Homeland Security

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.

Social media: A mixed blessing for disaster response

A report from the Congressional Research Service highlights some of the benefits and potential risks in using tools such as Facebook and Twitter to help with disaster response.

H-1B workers abuse work privileges: IG

An audit of H-1B visa holders revealed that many abuse the program's privileges.

DHS, FBI beef up fingerprint checks for visitors

The Homeland Security Department and FBI are implementing a more robust system of checking fingerprint identities of international visitors at airport ports of entry.

Technology aided disaster response

Earthquakes and hurricanes didn't daunt the federal response, but trouble is on the horizon for funding.

4 steps to take before buying cloud services

When moving to the cloud, agencies need to know the right questions to ask their vendor, says CBP's Wolf Tombe.

Pat Schambach

Stories of 9/11: A conference table, a sheet of paper and TSA

Patrick Schambach, the sixth employee hired at the Transportation Security Administration, recalls the daunting task of building an agency from scratch.

Steve Cooper

9/11 remembered: Building a department on demand

Steve Cooper, the first CIO at DHS, recalls how a surge of patriotism prompted him to lend his talents to the homeland security effort.

DHS still has growing pains, comptroller says

U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro testified that the Homeland Security Department has achieved successes but still has organizational problems.

Mark Wolfson

9/11 at FEMA: Information on demand

Marc Wolfson recalls how quickly the public affairs staff at FEMA kicked into high gear and started posting information on the agency's website.

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