Agency News: Department of Homeland Security

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.

Agencies need to tighten telework coordination, GAO says

Potential agency IT limitations weren't taken into account before the "unscheduled telework" option for federal employees went into effect earlier this year, a new report said.

Lieberman tells FEMA to centralize IT

FEMA can't manage its IT systems with an uncoordinated approach to building systems, senator says.

DOD releases 5-point cyber defense plan

The Defense Department's new strategy for defending U.S. computer networks stresses the need for a multi-faceted, evolving approach to counter pervasive threats.

The best of the federal blogosphere

'Ancient Chinese secret’ goes mainstream; TSA employees in trouble; Farm-fresh blogging; Visiting the floods.

Champions of change, powered by IT

Social media leaders, performance improvement officers and chief privacy officers play key roles in the development of Gov 2.0.

David Stephenson

Give the public a role in disaster response

It's time for DHS to tap into social media's proven ability to provide valuable information in a crisis, writes consultant W. David Stephenson.

Future cybersecurity workforce heads to summer camp

The U.S. Cyber Challenge, launched two years ago to address a critical shortage of skilled professionals, is expanding efforts to attract, engage and educate students for careers in cybersecurity.

Found thumb drives: another way employees are a security menace

A DHS test found that most agency and contractor employees who found data disks and USB drives in a parking lot plugged them into their organization's network.

DHS praises three Internet safety videos

As part of the Homeland Security Department’s Stop.Think.Connect. campaign, the department recognized three groups that produced videos that promote smart Internet safety through public service announcements.

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