Agency News: Department of Homeland Security


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.

Audit: Agencies still wasting billions with overlapping programs

GAO highlighted similar problems last year, and continues to find new examples.

DHS demands turnkey-ready border system

The Homeland Security Department is giving a strong warning to vendors about its needs for the next phase of border surveillance technology strategy.

IG: DHS improves management for non-competitive contracts

DHS officials completed more reviews of the different aspects of contracts awarded without a full-and-open competition.

GAO finds overlaps in IT investments within DOE and DOD

CIOs dispute some of the GAO's conclusions during a House hearing.

Lawmakers worried about possible 'chilling effect' of DHS social monitoring

DHS could stifle public discussion if it's not careful in monitoring social media, lawmakers warn.

Cybersecurity bill displeases Republicans

Sen. Joe Lieberman and his bipartisan co-sponsors say it's not SOPA or PIPA and doesn’t have a kill-switch provision, but Republicans committee leaders say it still overreaches.

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Cybersecurity becomes high priority in budget request

With large investments proposed for DOD, DHS and NSF, budget puts cybersecurity front and center.

US-VISIT could move again

The White House's budget request for fiscal 2013 proposes another shift in oversight for the Homeland Security Department's US-VISIT biometric technology program, among other IT-related changes.

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