Agency News: Department of Homeland Security


DHS reduces improper payments, acting CFO says

Homeland Security Department Acting CFO Peggy Sherry has outlined recent developments in the balance sheet, improper payments and system modernization at the department.

DHS rules in White House cyber plan

An administration proposal would give security authority over federal systems to DHS and establish a national breach notification requirement, but provides little authority over privately owned critical infrastructure.

Obama cybersecurity plan ready for Congress

Cybersecurity legislation being proposed by the Obama administration favors public/private cooperation over regulation and gives DHS oversight of FISMA.

Bin Laden's tech trove may give up secrets

The Defense Department and CIA are participating in a multi-agency task force to glean actionable intelligence from the large volume of material taken from Osama bin Laden's compound.

TWIC IDs could leave secure areas open to a terrorist attack, GAO finds

The Transportation Security Administration cannot ensure that the Transportation Worker Identification Credential always lands in the right hands, according to a new GAO report.

FCC, FEMA to start mobile phone emergency alert system

The Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency said they are partnering with several companies to offer priority message emergency warnings through mobile phones.

Disaster response agencies need to go mobile, FEMA administrator says

The administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said disaster response agencies should take advantage of the widespread use of mobile phones to improve their disaster communications with the public.

Security of U.S. rail system attracts senator's attention

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants the Homeland Security Department to lead efforts to improve the security of the U.S. rail system.

DHS acquisition oversight has holes, IG report says

DHS' inspector general found that some component agencies are making acquisitions more complex and costly than necessary.

Government can't secure cyberspace alone, says DHS secretary

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano outlines DHS efforts to help protect government and civilian cyberspace sectors but stresses the need for private-sector cooperation.

DOD not ready for total cloud migration, CIO says

Defense Department CIO Teri Takai cautions against jumping into the cloud.

Report: FEMA IT systems not effective for disaster response

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's legacy IT systems have gaps, a new report states.

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