Agency News: Department of Homeland Security

White House wants 'disruptive' shift in IT strategy, Kundra says

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra pushes for a major change in federal IT strategy away from asset ownership and toward buying IT services.

AFCEA Homeland Security conference starts today

AFCEA sponsors one of the largest homeland security conferences in the country, which begins today in Washington.

Converting contract IT workers to employees saved $27M, official says

Converting IT contracting jobs into federal jobs is said to have provided $27 million in savings for the enterprise IT division at Customs and Border Protection.

Lieberman: No kill switch in new bill

A wide-ranging cybersecurity bill introduced by Sen. Joe Lieberman would revamp FISMA and establish executive oversight of critical infrastructure security but would specifically forbid shutting down the Internet.

Homeland Security requests flat budget

Some of DHS' 22 agencies are projected to see double-digit increases, while others are slated for substantial cuts.

FEMA loses 7 years' worth of major official reports

The Federal Emergency Management Agency lost its entire database of post-disaster reports for 2003 to 2010 due to a computer server failure, according to a new audit.

Coast Guard near end of acquisition wiki experiment

The Coast Guard will assess how well its online wiki worked to explore alternative ideas for acquisition.

Twitter, Facebook are part of new terror alert system

The Homeland Security Department has set up a new Twitter account and will be issuing alerts on its Facebook page and website as part of its new national terror alert system to replace the color-coded threat system.

Virtual 'Tiny Town' coming for Secret Service training

The Secret Service is giving up its tabletop modeling town for a "Virtual Tiny Town" with video and gaming technology.

E-Verify improves but still can't detect ID theft, GAO says

The Homeland Security Department's E-Verify employment verification system has gotten better at processing applications on the first try but still remains vulnerable to identity theft, a new report says.

After SBINet: DHS' new border control strategy

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the results of a year-long reassessment of the controversial SBInet electronic border surveillance system program.

U.S. advised to digitize visa system

The United States should upgrade its immigration system by digitizing the process and making more visas available to highly skilled workers, according to a Brookings Institution briefing.

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