Homeland Security

Michael Chertoff

Former DHS chief: Cyber ShockWave exposed missing links in US security

Former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff, who took part in Cyber ShockWave, says the exercise showed that the United States lacks the ability to effectively respond to a catastrophic cyber event. He identifies a few steps government and the private sector need to take.

Customs at odds with DHS IG over report on small-biz goals

Officials at Customs and Border Protection say a draft report by the inspector general contains 'misstatements of fact and inaccuracies that are misleading.'

Uncle Cyber Sam wants you

The cyber spooks and watchdogs in the Obama administration are coming out of the shadows, making a full-court press to engage industry and the public in their crusade against cyber war.

Emergency communications center stalled, GAO says

The Homeland Security Department and its federal partners are still in the early stages in forming an emergency communications preparedness center, a report says.

E-Verify fails to catch half of unauthorized workers, study reveals

About 3 percent of the E-Verify caseload consists of workers who improperly gained approvals from E-Verify to work in the United States, says a report commissioned by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Coast Guard hopes third time is the charm for troubled Deepwater program

The Coast Guard has nearly finished the third fleet mix analysis of its $27 billion Integrated Deepwater System asset acquisition project, at a time when the program continues to have problems with affordability and management, according to a new report.

DHS falls behind in issuing HSPD-12 ID cards, IG reports

Poor management and not enough funding have caused the Homeland Security Department to fall behind in its distribution of HSPD-12 identification cards to employees and contractors, according to a new report.

FEMA seeks social media contractor

Federal Emergency Management Agency issues a contract request for a media services company that can deliver information from disaster areas via social media and local media news outlets.

'Mystery shopper' technique could be effective counterterrorism tool

Steve Kelman writes that the government should use management tools to measure and improve its counterterrorism performance.

A call for critical thinking about securing our electric grid

The nation’s electric power grid is a vital part of our critical infrastructure, but it might not be as vulnerable and fragile as it appears. One expert says it is more resilient than we give it credit for.

Napolitano orders SBInet reassessment

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has ordered a re-evaluation of options for protecting the United States-Mexico border because of delays in deploying the SBInet technology system.

Candidate for TSA top job withdraws from consideration

The Transportation Security Administration is still without a leader now that White House nominee Erroll Southers has withdrawn from consideration.

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