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Immigration agency outsources food service at detention centers

February 26, 2007 The Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau has decided to hire an Alaska Native corporation to take over detention center food service work currently performed by dozens of federal employees. Fifty-six ICE food service employees at detention centers in Miami; Los Angeles; Los Fresnos and El Paso, Texas; Florence, Ariz.; and...

Senators seek probe of Federal Protective Service budget issues

February 23, 2007 Leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee recently asked the Government Accountability Office to investigate budget shortfalls and other management challenges at the Homeland Security Department division responsible for protecting federal facilities. In a Feb. 20 letter requesting the review, lawmakers noted a July 2004 GAO report...

DHS seeks to expand information-sharing program

February 22, 2007 The Homeland Security Department would like to extend an information networking program to more Cabinet-level agencies, a DHS telecommunications official said Thursday. Bruce Landis, deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity and telecommunications at DHS, told attendees of the 2007 Maryland Cybersecurity Forum in College Park, Md., that officials may broaden the...

Officials urge international collaboration to fight child pornography

February 21, 2007 Federal officials on Wednesday called for improved coordination with foreign investigators to curb trafficking of child pornography, which they said is growing more sophisticated and secretive. Developments in trafficking prompted American and foreign officials to assemble the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international consortium of officials collaborating on child pornography investigations,...

Lawmakers seek update on FBI probe of Los Alamos breach

February 20, 2007 Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee want details on an FBI investigation of security lapses at the Energy Department's Los Alamos nuclear laboratory. "While we understand there is an ongoing criminal investigation, the committee requests a briefing on the scope," wrote Reps. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., and Ed Whitfield,...

DHS police thwart intruder at lawmaker’s district office

February 16, 2007 Officers with the Homeland Security Department's Federal Protective Service moved quickly last week to apprehend a man who had burst into the Portland office of Rep. David Wu, D-Ore., with a knife and threatened employees. Jillian Schoene was in the office when 44-year-old Robert Anderson allegedly entered the office with...

Federal Protective Service may cut hundreds of police jobs

February 14, 2007 Hundreds of police officers would see their positions eliminated under a plan being developed at the Homeland Security Department's Federal Protective Service to combat a budget shortfall that has grown to $80 million, agency sources said Wednesday. The police officers could be offered the chance to transfer to positions within...

TSA seeks 1,300 more employees

February 13, 2007 The head of the Transportation Security Administration pitched staffing increases to lawmakers Tuesday, saying a larger staff was necessary to bolster airport security. Kip Hawley, the administrator of TSA, said at a hearing that an additional 1,300 employees and a $60 million budget increase for fiscal 2008 would be necessary....

FEMA on hiring binge to fill out staff

February 12, 2007 The Federal Emergency Management Agency will start a hiring spree this week, putting it on the brink of restoring staff levels to 90 percent of capacity. On Thursday, officials at FEMA's Washington, D.C., headquarters will hold a job fair aimed at finding as many as 50 new employees. The agency...

GAO: More information going into urban security grant decisions

February 9, 2007 The Homeland Security Department is requiring applicants for urban area security grants to provide more detailed justifications for their requests, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. With the change, future allocations will depend more on applicants' ability to prove a threat and demonstrate the need for...

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