Only a director from outside the Secret Service will act independently of the agency's traditions and personal relationships, and "be able to do the honest top-to-bottom reassessment this will require," an independent panel said.
DHS agencies have collectively spent about $512 million on AUO payments in fiscal 2013 and $255 million through March of this year, mostly on Border Patrol agents, according to a recently released report said.
Congress has sent President Obama several cybersecurity bills for his signature, including one designed to bolster the security of federal information systems and another to help the Homeland Security Department hire and keep cybersecurity experts.
Firefighters might lose communications during an incident if their handheld radios are exposed to high temperatures, according to new tests conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology researchers.
The House narrowly passed a fiscal 2015 appropriations bill Thursday night paving the way for Senate approval and avoiding a government shutdown. The $1.1 trillion fiscal 2015 bill (H.R. 83) would fund every government agency with the exception of DHS through Sept. 30. That number includes $521 billion for defense functions of several agencies and $492 billion for non-defense agency functions.
Several federal law enforcement and computer security officials told a Senate panel Dec. 10 that increasingly sophisticated malware and other tools designed to infiltrate information systems are available to any individual, organization or country at relatively lower costs through underground markets.
Complex, non-standardized cloud computing service level agreements make comparing cloud offerings during procurement and ensuring proper execution once work is underway difficult for federal agencies and departments, said a Homeland Security Department Official.
Defense Department Acting Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen is working with commanders, including U.S. Cyber Commander Adm. Michael Rogers, to set cyber technical and mission standards across the department. A core focus of the effort is standardizing the way data is output, said Halvorsen during a Dec. 5 press call.
House and Senate leaders Tuesday night released an omnibus spending bill that would fully fund the federal government through fiscal 2015, except the Homeland Security Department, which would only get funding through February. The $1.1 trillion fiscal 2015 bill (H.R. 83) would fund every government agency with the exception of DHS through Sept. 30. That number includes $521 billion for defense functions of several agencies and $492 billion for non-defense agency functions.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson defended President Obama's recent executive actions on immigration Dec. 2, telling lawmakers on Capitol Hill that the administration has the legal authority to proceed.