Agency News: Department of Homeland Security

DHS buying SBInet-like system for border despite uncertainties, GAO says

The Homeland Security Department canceled the SBInet border surveillance system two months ago, but SBInet-like capabilities will live on in the new system proposed for some parts of the border, a GAO official says.

DHS needs to try tech before it buys, GAO says

The Homeland Security Department has made costly mistakes when it bought new technologies before testing was completed, a GAO official testified today.

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Japan disaster provides opportunity for scammers

Technology has changed the way the world responds to natural disasters such as the Japan earthquake but it can also lead to big opportunities for scam artists.

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Real ID deadline pushed back to January 2013

The deadline for states to comply with the controversial Real ID Act of 2005 has been pushed back to early 2013.

Federal CIO Council to get new vice chairman

Richard Spires, CIO of the Homeland Security Department, recently was elected vice chairman of the Federal CIO Council.

USCIS proposes new electronic registration for H1B visa applications

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency is planning a new electronic system to register in advance employers petitioning for H-1B visas on behalf of workers from other countries.

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.

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