Agency News: Department of Homeland Security

DHS’ IT overhaul is paying off, but challenges lie ahead

GAO finds some shortcomings in DHS's information sharing efforts, alomg with budget challenges, that could hamper further progress on the ambitious undertaking.

Rising Star: Benjamin Black

Benjamin Black, an enterprise architect at DHS, lead an analysis of systems, data and policies to support budget decisions.

Data-sharing is good ... when agencies do it right

Agencies understand the importance of sharing information, but it still can be difficult to do well. Two new reports document some of the reasons.

Found in translation: How one person unites a leadership team

An agency's business leaders speak a different language than its technology heads, but to accomplish the agency's mission goals they must communicate. At the intersection of these contentious constituents there is often one person providing translation.

Technology to clear FOIA backlog underused, GAO finds

Releasing documents under Freedom of Information Act requests is part of an agency's mission, but some agencies are not making the most of tools that could help do it faster.

DHS considers rule change to protect subcontractors

The Homeland Security Department is suggesting changes to the Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation designed to prevent 'windfalls' for contractors.

How DHS is tackling the Digital Government Strategy

The "workplace as a service" program that DHS will debut this fall is just one of several innovative forays into digital government at the department.

IG, Border Protection debate consolidation's benefits

Should the CBP use the Coast Guard's aviation logistics system or buy its own? The agency and DHS's IG disagree.

DHS officials drop new questionnaire

Homeland Security Department officials opt for the existing vendor communications plan rather than one that would have put more scrutiny on agency/vendor communications.

VA fails to communicate clearly; who gets a better grade?

A new report finds few agencies have made progress in meeting the requirements of the 2010 Plain Writing Act.

7 challenges to 'cloud first'

Agencies are well on their way to the cloud but better planning is needed to fully realize the cloud-first policy.

Cyber incident reports skyrocket over three-year period

Cyber incidents reported by critical infrastructure managers jumped by more than 2,000 percent between 2009 and 2011, according to a new report.

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