Agency News: Department of Homeland Security

Beware fake FEMA disaster app

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced a new mobile application for disaster preparedness on Android, but an apparently fake FEMA app appears to have fooled many.

Agencies use Facebook, Twitter to spread hurricane info

Agencies rush to prepare for major hurricane, using all the technology at their disposal to do so.

Probe finds insider hacking at immigration agency

Several instances of internal hacking have been discovered at the Bureau of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Union response: Cuts will cost federal jobs

The president of the largest federal employee union says OMB's cuts mean more job destruction.

DHS expands program for people to check their employment eligibility

The expansion means millions more people can go online to make sure the government has accurate information about whether they're allowed to work in the United States.

Protective Services risk assessment system fails, GAO says

The Federal Protective Service's costs for developing a new risk assessment system have tripled and the system is two years behind schedule, a new report says.

Agencies don't reward innovation, feds say

In a time when efficiency and effectiveness should be at a premium, federal employees don't believe their agencies reward innovation, according to a new survey.

DHS, GAO disagree on details of acquisition planning

The Homeland Department said collecting data to decide when to begin planning for a major procurement is a waste of time.

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DHS pushed to tighten IT acquisition policies

GAO uncovers weaknesses in DHS' method for independently assessing complex and costly IT acquisitions.

How DHS will track down 757,000 aliens

The Homeland Security Department is collaborating with the intelligence community to prioritize investigations of more than 700,000 foreign visitors who have overstayed their visas, based on the national security threat they pose.

Federal information sharing environment needs work, GAO says

The federal Information-Sharing Environment needs work to bring in more foreign affairs data and intelligence, according to a new GAO report.

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