Workforce

Federal 100 winner: Lt. Col. John Persano

Persano helped design training for the Golden Phoenix counterterrorism training exercise held in July 2008.

Workforce

Federal 100 winner: Col. Debra Rose

Rose oversaw the creation of a secure wireless network that the South Carolina National Guard can use during emergencies.

Federal 100 winner: George Bressler

Bressler successfully mobilized representatives of 150 organizations — including state, local, federal and tribal government agencies — as lead coordinator for an anti-terrorism training exercise.

Lawmakers want more interoperability in emergency comms

House subcommittee leaders say more is needed to make emergency communications devices interoperable; they and other officials say FEMA should stay in DHS.

IT Modernization

Officials back public/private partnerships

Government and industry officials today said ongoing partnerships between the public and private sectors are key to information sharing between them.

IT Modernization

DHS plans enhanced interoperability standard

DHS is preparing to release this summer an enhanced version of its standard for bridging disparate radio systems, an official said at the GovSec conference today.

IT Modernization

FEMA requests comments on alert standard

The agency wants comments on the new emergency alert technical standard it has proposed as part of the Common Alerting Protocol XML standard.

IT Modernization

Circling the wagons

To make the most of dwindling budget funds, state and local governments are collaborating on homeland security projects.

Workforce

Tips for tough times

Agencies have several options to stretch homeland security dollars.

Cybersecurity

DHS' volatile funding history

The total amount of funding for state and locals grants has varied greatly in the past six fiscal years.

IT Modernization

Groups urge broadband provisions in package

Public safety organizations urge Congress to include provisions for first responder communications programs in the economic stimulus package.

Cybersecurity

FEMA releases guideline for first responder ID cards

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is asking state and local agencies to voluntarily follow interoperability rules rather than issuing a federal mandate.

IT Modernization

Public safety group urges $15B broadband investment

The Public Safety Spectrum Trust wants the Obama administration to fund a nationwide broadband network that commercial users and first responders would share.

Workforce

DHS secretary choice has mixed record on Real ID

Gov. Janet Napolitano has signed legislation to ban the program in Arizona, but supported the driver's license aspect of Real ID.

Workforce

GAO: DHS slow to upgrade border security

Auditors report that the department has implemented only 11 of 50 recommendations for upgrading border security.

Workforce

IG: TSA needs better ways to catch criminals

Airline employees had smuggled guns and marijuana aboard a commercial flight.

Workforce

Pilot program expands fingerprint databases

An agency is providing network links to jails in six counties so those facilities can better check fingerprints of criminal suspects against national law enforcement and immigrant databases.

Workforce

Cyber threats on the rise, FBI official says

The country's commercial and national security interests are increasingly the target of of cyberattacks, an FBI assistant director said today.

Workforce

National Cybersecurity Initiative R&D effort launched

The government launched the National Cyber Leap Year project to identify the most promising "game-changing" concepts as part of its Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative.

Workforce

Mistakes cost GSA time, money, auditor says

GSA's problems with how it handled the Alliant, Alliant SB contracts forced a do-over.

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