Richard Spires Details DHS Consolidation, Integration Plans


The Department of Homeland Security plans to integrate its core missions to create synergies, Alice Lipowicz of Federal Computer Week reports.

Richard Spires, DHS chief information officer, told attendees of a Northern Virginia AFCEA chapter event that DHS has already begun to integrate programs in its 13 major mission areas across 22 component agencies, Lipowicz reports.

Spires said the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Customs and Border Protection and National Protection and Programs Directorate component agencies have created more than 20 common operating pictures, according to the report.

Lipowicz reports DHS will begin to unify its continuity of operations plans and create a new common operating picture with multiple feeds at at DHS headquarters.

Spires told event attendees that DHS may also integrate some if its 117 identity screening programs used at the Transportation Security Administration, Coast Guard and Customers and Border Patrol, according to the report.

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