DHS sees wearables as the future for first responders

The Department of Homeland Security outlined a new vision Tuesday that focuses on how to leverage emerging technology for the nation’s first responders.

White House unveils executive order to strengthen financial security

In the wake of major credit card breaches at Target, Home Depot and J.P. Morgan over the past year, a new executive order from President Barack Obama will require consumer-facing federal agencies to upgrade their point of sale terminals to a more safe, encrypted technology by the start of 2015.

TSA Administrator John Pistole to retire

John Pistole, the longest serving administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, announced today he will retire at the end of the year and plans to accept a new position in academia.

Tech firms, associations lead response to cybersecurity framework

The nation’s critical infrastructure is massive in its size, diversity and geographic spread — literally tens of thousands of financial, transportation, power, telecommunications, manufacturing, health care and government organizations from coast to coast. So it may have been a surprise to some when the National Institute of Standards and Technology posted a mere 52 responses last week to the Obama administration’s voluntary framework for improving critical infrastructure cybersecurity.

DHS secretary touts technology, reorganization in new approach to border security

The Department of Homeland Security is launching a major reorganization of its border security apparatus along the Southwest border and is urging Congress to provide funding for a biometric entry-exit system to better track foreign visitors to the United States, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said Thursday.

OMB grants DHS authority to scan agency networks

As the number of cyber intrusions increase, agencies have questioned who should monitor federal cybersecurity threats.

Customs drones spent 80 percent of time in border, coastal areas

U.S. Customs and Border Protection drones spent more than 80 percent of their time in border and coastal areas.

The CIOs of 2020 will lead with ‘soft skills’

Come 2020, a hard-nosed technical expertise is not going to cut it for federal IT leaders. Tomorrow’s IT leaders and the people who fill their vacancies are going to require business acumen and soft skills, like the ability to communicate, a group current federal chief information officers said Tuesday.

New DHS headquarters ‘a monument to mismanagement’

Two prominent House Republicans reprimanded the Department of Homeland Security and the General Services Administration last week for mismanaging the construction of the new DHS headquarters facility, which officials say is more than $1 billion over budget and not expected to be completed for another 12 years.

Up & Comers: DHS’ Joel Mulligan

Mulligan has only been at DHS for four months, but despite his youth in government years, he still has a hand in the latest cybersecurity-related information studied by the department on a daily basis.

Light particles may hold the keys to a revolution in encryption

The largest information technology licensing deal ever signed by the Energy Department’s Los Alamos National Laboratory may one day produce uncrackable encryption for use use in personal communications, e-commerce, banking and critical infrastructure data transfer.

CBP CTO Wolf Tombe on lowering the cost of government with IT

Wolf Tombe, chief technology officer for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, discusses how his agency is using IT to lower the cost of operations.

Can the federal acquisition process support innovation?

There is widespread agreement that the federal government’s process for acquiring goods and services needs to change to enable agencies to keep pace with the rapid pace of technology development. But there is growing concern that the government cannot truly support innovation without a dramatic simplification of the rules.

Feds working to overcome challenges, early failures in public-facing mobile apps

As agencies continually release public-facing mobile apps to better serve American citizens, the directors and strategists behind their creation are the first to admit there is room for improvement.

DHS grant programs come under scrutiny in aftermath of Ferguson riots

The images coming out of Ferguson, Missouri, have put the pentagon on the defensive as mainstream media outlets question the department’s program to transfer excess military equipment to state and local law enforcement agencies. But the so-called militarization of local police departments may have less to do with the Pentagon and far more to do with post-9/11 Department of Homeland Security counterterrorism grant programs.

New CBP-backed app allows U.S. citizens to skip the customs line

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is trying to make international travel a little less arduous for people entering the United States.

Agencies have big information gap when it comes to CDM

A SANS institute survey says the Department of Homeland Security’s CDM program needs better word-of-mouth among government agencies.

DHS, FBI investigating contractor hack

Federal law enforcement authorities are investigating a hacking incident at a contractor responsible for conducting background investigations for the Department of Homeland Security. Company officials said cybersecurity experts believe the intrusion “has all the markings of a state-sponsored attack.”

5 IT legislative initiatives that went nowhere before recess

As August begins, the inhabitants of the Capitol building are skipping town for five weeks. In its exit, the legislative branch left several IT bills left unfinished on the table and will have less than two months before November’s midterm election and about four months until the 114th Congress takes office to address some of the major technology issues.

Agencies showcase disaster tech at White House Demo Day

More than a half dozen agencies and just under 20 private companies met at the White House July 29 to highlight new digital tools to help citizens cope in the aftermath of a disaster.

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