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House Homeland Security Committee to Vote on Cybersecurity Workforce Bill; Elaine Kaplan Comments

The House Homeland Security Committee is set to vote on a cybersecurity workforce bill aimed at helping the Homeland Security Department combat threats, GovInfoSecurity reported Monday. Eric Chabrow writes that committee will decide on Oct. 29 whether to pass the Homeland Security Cybersecurity Boots-on-the-Ground Act. That legislation will mandate the …

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NIST Issues Draft Cyber Framework for Service Providers

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued a draft cybersecurity framework intended to act as guidance for service providers to manage cybersecurity risks, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. Jason Miller writes the framework calls on companies to report their cybersecurity posture, describe cybersecurity goals, establish priorities to enhance …

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Janet Napolitano: DHS Must Maintain Cyber Focus

Janet Napolitano recommended the Department of Homeland Security continue efforts to build up the nation’s cybersecurity posture as part of her farewell speech Monday, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. Phil Mattingly writes Napolitano, who stepped down from the homeland security secretary post after four years, warned future cyber attacks could disrupt the country’s economy in …

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Congress to Deliberate Future Plans for DHS

Both the House and Senate are scheduled to hold a variety of hearings to deliberate future plans regarding the Department of Homeland Security, The Washington Post reports. The department was established as a stand-alone entity in November 2002 with the passage of the Homeland Security Act by Congress. Today, it …

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Napolitano Announces DHS Cyber Workforce Initiative

The Department of Homeland Security’s advisory council will launch a new effort focusing on developing the cyber workforce, Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Wednesday. She met with industry and small business representatives at a White House event June 6. DHS said she mentioned the department’s collaboration with universities and private sector businesses …

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Industry Groups React to Senate Outscourcing Hearing

A Senate subcommittee heard testimony from government and industry representatives on outsourcing Thursday, Federal News Radio reports. Representatives from the Army, Homeland Security Department, Office of Personnel Management, watchdog groups, federal employee unions and private contracting firms attended the hearing. The Professional Services Council said in a statement that lifestyle …

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10 Years Post-9/11, GAO Says DHS Needs to Do More

Homeland security has significantly improved in the ten years since the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, but a government audit released Wednesday says the Homeland Security Department still has gaps. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro released the Government Accountability Office’s findings at a Senate hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and …

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TSA Latest Agency to Offer Employees Early Retirement

The Transportation Security Administration can now be added to the list of federal agencies seeking to downsize its workforce through early retirements. Federal Times reports TSA is planning to offer early retirements to administrative employees over the next two years. Homeland Security Department spokesman Larry Olruskie said in an e-mail …

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