Agency News: Department of Homeland Security

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.

CBP to hire 1,000 IT workers during fiscal 2011

Ken Ritchhart, deputy assistant commissioner of Customs and Border Protection's Office of Information Technology, today updated the hiring and transformation efforts there.

Coast Guard CFO takes blame for $138M in misspending

The service's Chief Financial Officer takes sole responsibility for $138 million worth of apparent violations of the Anti-Deficiency Act.

DHS left gaps in Quadrennial Review, says GAO

The Homeland Security Department completed its first Quadrennial Review earlier this year without fully addressing what Congress asked for, according to a GAO audit.

Napolitano calls for cybersecurity partnership

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the government is emphasizing cybersecurity in part because it has ramifications beyond the Internet.

DHS makes moderate progress on IT management, IG says

The Homeland Security Department got moderate scores for IT management, acquisition and emergency management in a new report from Inspector General Richard Skinner.

Fusion centers hampered by limitations of DHS nets, IG says

The Homeland Security Department's ability to share intelligence information through IT with state and local authorities is improving, but still has significant gaps, an audit finds.

FEMA's contracting oversight is lax, auditors say

The Federal Emergency Management Agency in trouble over allegations that it failed to comply with a 1972 law in monitoring some contracts, according to a new audit.

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