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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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Lawmaker Calls for Contract Spending Review

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) called for a review of contractor expenses within the government workplace at a subcommittee hearing Wednesday. She said service contract spending has increased 44 percent from $181 billion into $324 billion throughout the last 10 years. Spending for federal employees has also increased 34 percent from …

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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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GSA IT System Failed Due to Oversight Issue, Audit Finds

The General Services Administration lost another IT system because of recurring contract management issues and lack of accountability, an internal audit found. The GSA Office of Inspector General assessed the reliability of GSA’s Acquisition Career Managment Information System, the federal government’s acquisition workforce training and education database of record. The …

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Air Marshal BlackBerry Devices At Risk, OIG Report Says

Blackberry devices used by federal air marshals have a backlog of security patches, leaving them open to security threats, the Homeland Security Department inspector general found. In a redacted report released Aug. 22, the inspector general found scans of the air marshal program’s Blackberry service turned up numerous vulnerabilities. The …

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DHS Launching “See Something, Say Something” Radio & TV Ads

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano unveiled a new public service announcement campaign Wednesday, aimed at educating the public on reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement. The “If You See Something, Say Something” ads will be distributed to radio and television stations across the country. The ads present scenarios involving witnessing …

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CBP & DHS Inspector General to Fight Corruption Together

Customs and Border Protection will partner with the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General to investigate corruption within CBP, the agency announced Friday. CBP will immediately start sending internal affairs agents to OIG field offices. The CBP agents will participate in new and ongoing investigations of alleged corruption and other …

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Increasing Number of Airport Body Scanners

Last Friday, the Department of Homeland Security announced that they plan to increase the number of airport body scanners with the $1 billion from the Recovery Act funds. This advanced imaging technology has been rather controversial because it is in a way a “virtual strip search.” The Transportation Security Administration …

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