Agency News: Department of Homeland Security

DHS loses senior exec

Homeland Security Department Chief Human Capital Officer Jeff Neal is leaving.

DHS won’t require screening for every US-bound cargo container

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said DHS will delay a requirement that all inbound cargo containers undergo screening at their ports of exit.

USCIS telework may add to privacy risks, IG says

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services might be exposing its data to greater risks because of workers carrying files home for teleworking, a report says.

TSA testing mobile devices for its employees, CIO says

The Transportation Security Administration is conducting pilot projects to review several mobile devices for use by employees, CIO Emma Garrison-Alexander said.

Some corrupt employees have very sticky fingers, CBP head says

U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees have been smuggling drugs or illegal aliens, laundering money and swindling people, CBP commissioner testifies.

Auditors estimate $2.8B in improper payments at SSA, FEMA

Inspectors general at FEMA and the Social Security Administration uncovered billions in improper payments, reports state.

Richard Spires

CIO Council gets serious about best practices

Richard Spires, CIO at the Homeland Security Department and vice chairman of the CIO Council, talks about what he's doing to encourage the sharing of best practices governmentwide.

Contractor goes up the river for tampering with USCIS computer files

A former employee of Dell Perot Systems gets prison time for altering computer systems records so illegal aliens could get valid U.S. passports, Nextgov reports.

TechStat helps federal CIOs with IT reform

Three federal CIOs have found TechStat vital to adhering to OMB's 25-point IT reform plan.

Texas surrenders to TSA pat-downs

A spat between TSA and Texas legislature has thrust airport pat-downs into the spotlight once again, with the debate pitting personal privacy against national security.

US wants to store European travelers' personal data for 15 years

A proposed rule has unsettled some European leaders, who are rankled by U.S. efforts to collect information such as travelers' addresses and credit card numbers.

White House proposal includes Internet kill switch, senators warn

Proposed cybersecurity legislation’s reliance on the 77-year-old Telecommunications Act could give the president broad powers over the Internet during an emergency.

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