EXCLUSIVE: Coast Guard CIO to retire this summer

Rear Adm. Robert E. Day Jr., the chief information officer of the Coast Guard, plans to retire in July, FedScoop has learned.

Administration defends voluntary nature of cybersecurity framework

Senior officials from the White House and Department of Homeland Security Thursday defended the administration’s hands-off approach to improving critical infrastructure cybersecurity, arguing that mandatory regulations would stifle innovation, hurt the economy and raise difficult questions about privacy and civil liberties.

Budget breakdown: Windfall for workforce, R&D and STEM education

Despite what many consider a very modest pay raise for government employees, the budget request for fiscal year 2015 appears to actually invest in the federal workforce. Unveiled March 4, the FY 2015 budget request proposed a 1 percent pay increase for government employees, but emphasized more significant investments in training, development and recruitment initiatives for the federal workforce.

Concerns raised about ‘structural defects,’ poor decisions at DHS

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson testified Wednesday before House lawmakers, in what was billed as an opportunity for the new secretary to lay out for Congress his management and policy priorities for the department.

UPDATED: Senior DHS official to exit government

A key player in the Department of Homeland Security is leaving government, FedScoop has learned.

FedMentor: DHS’ Luke Berndt

Luke Berndt, program manager of the cybersecurity division at the Department of Homeland Security’s Science & Technology Directorate, shares career advice for up-and-coming federal employees in this FedMentors segment.

Feds take realistic look at continuous diagnostics mitigation

Margie Graves, deputy chief information officer at the Homeland Security Department, Peter Gouldmann, director of the State Department’s information risk programs, and Steve Viar, director of FEDSIM at the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service spoke at yesterday’s AFFIRM luncheon about the current status and future of continuous diagnostics mitigation.

DHS-sponsored research targets social media, gang graffiti

Dozens of federal, state and local law enforcement and first-responder agencies are working with the Department of Homeland Security and researchers from Purdue University to produce new visual analysis technologies for analyzing social media posts, blogs and even gang graffiti.

DHS to upgrade disaster victim location technology – FedScoopTV exclusive

The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate, working with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is planning to make key upgrades to a new mobile system for locating living victims in large disaster areas.

Researchers solve major security problem for airports

How do you detect a person who enters a building through the exit? It may seem like a simple question, but for the Transportation Security Administration and airports across the country it’s a major security challenge.

Johnson details cybersecurity vision for DHS

In his first major policy address since becoming the nation’s fourth secretary of homeland security, Jeh Johnson outlined the Department of Homeland Security’s detailed legislative agenda for cybersecurity and pledged to build a stronger relationship with private sector owners and operators of the nation’s critical infrastructure.

CBP’s chief technologist takes on new innovation role

To ensure Customs and Border Protection officers remain capable of operating effectively across the nation’s 7,000 miles of land borders and 329 ports of entry, the agency has given its chief technology officer, Wolf Tombe, new responsibilities for identifying innovations that can improve performance while saving money.

Websites likely culprit when citizen satisfaction with government dwindles

Satisfaction with federal government services has dropped in the last year, and government websites may be to blame.

Threat Matrix: Episode 9 — DHS wants to mimic biological defenses in network security

This week, Dan Verton takes a look at the Department of Homeland Security’s evolving vision for automated network defenses for protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure.

DHS plans next steps for continuous monitoring program

The Department of Homeland Security this week plans to launch an online training portal for state and local governments interested in leveraging continuous diagnostics and mitigation program best practices. The training program is part of a larger DHS strategy to create a specialized cadre of cybersecurity professionals nationwide who are capable of monitoring and protecting a new, emerging architecture known as “critical application resilience.”

FedWire: Roving on Mars, war in the Robotic Age and serving up STEM

FedWire is FedScoop’s afternoon roundup of news and notes from the federal IT community. Send your links and videos to tips@fedscoop.com.

Where’s the money: DMV home to top federal IT contracts

Of all the federal spending in fiscal year 2012, one-fifth was done in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. However, for the federal IT community, there is a far more interesting statistic. Half of the total federal IT spending was in Virginia, Maryland and D.C., according to a new report.

DHS to small business: There are no contracting shortcuts

What’s the biggest mistake most small businesses make when trying to break into government contracting, especially in the homeland security market? They don’t take the time to learn about and understand their potential customers and the multitude of contracting opportunities that are available to small businesses.

Safety data takes center stage

Technologists, safety officers, entrepreneurs and government officials gathered at the Agriculture Department on Tuesday for the second annual Safety Datapalooza.

New DHS headquarters development under fire

This year was supposed to be the year the Department of Homeland Security moved into its new, consolidated $3.45 billion headquarters facility on the grounds of the historic St. Elizabeths hospital campus in Southeast Washington, D.C. But a new report details years of alleged mismanagement of the project and raises questions about whether development should continue as planned or be subject to major revisions.

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