Agency News: Department of Homeland Security

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.

DHS corrects contractor miscount

How many contractors work for DHS? If you said 210,000, based on a figure provided by contractor LMI, guess again.

CIOs get to work on closing data centers

The Federal CIO Council has started a governmentwide data center consolidation task force as part of the Obama administration’s IT reform project.

DHS IG clashes with Secret Service over authority of CIO

The Homeland Security Department's Office of Inspector General is recommending more authority for the Secret Service Chief Information Officer.

Terror alert system will use Facebook, Twitter

The Homeland Security Department is planning to scrap its color-coded terror alert system for a new system that relies on Facebook and Twitter in some cases, according to the Associated Press.

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