Agency News: Department of Homeland Security

DHS travel authorization system allows thousands to slip through cracks

The Homeland Security Department electronic system for registering foreign visitors from visa waiver program countries allows thousands of noncompliant visitors each year, according to a GAO official.

IGs: IRS, SSA and DHS lose billions in improper payments

Inspectors general at the Internal Revenue Service, Social Security Administration and Homeland Security Department recently drilled down on improper payments problems.

DHS' low morale becomes congressional matter

DHS is the newest of the federal departments and the one with the lowest morale, according to testimony at a congressional hearing.

Billions in FEMA grants still unspent

Congressional hearing probes the reasons why state and local governments aren't spending the federal money they've been given.

Border Patrol and ICE data systems not working together, IG says

Stovepiped data systems are contributing to tensions in the operational relationship between the Border Patrol and ICE's Homeland Security Investigations unit.

Apparent disconnect on contractor lawsuit is business as usual

Continuing business, accolades for contractors accused of violations is common, experts say.

Federal agency push to reduce regulation results in savings

Federal agencies have found savings and reduced burdens by revising regulations, but not always to taxpayers' benefit.

Coast Guard commandant celebrates contractor while DOJ lawsuit is pending

The Coast Guard's highest-ranking official joined with other officials in a ceremony for Bollinger Shipyards last weekend even though the Justice Department is currently in court accusing Bollinger of making false statements.

DHS cybersecurity exec leaving

The Homeland Security Department is losing an assistant secretary for cybersecurity, effective today, according to a report by Politico.

Watchdog group says DHS privacy guidance allows researchers to break the law

The Homeland Security Department is considering adopting new privacy guidance for Internet-based research that allows investigators to break the law, according to the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

DHS cannot keep track of all its acquisitions, IG testifies

Despite some improvements, the Homeland Security Department is still having trouble keeping a central record of its $13 billion in annual procurements, according to testimony at a House subcommittee hearing.

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