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Lawmakers criticize handling of DHS contracts

February 8, 2007 At the third in a series of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearings on potential waste, fraud and abuse, lawmakers criticized the Homeland Security Department's handling of two major contracts. The hearing Thursday focused on the Coast Guard's $24 billion Deepwater modernization project, and the Secure Border Initiative, which...

Federal Protective Service may cut hundreds of jobs

February 7, 2007 The Homeland Security Department office responsible for keeping federal facilities safe may need to cut hundreds of jobs to satisfy the requirements of the agency's fiscal 2008 budget. Paul Durette, acting director of the Federal Protective Service, said in an e-mail to employees that "the target organization size to support...

DHS agency to scour jails for illegal immigrants

February 6, 2007 The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is preparing to bring hundreds of investigators on board to combat illegal immigration, its chief told employees Tuesday. In a memorandum provided to Government Executive, Julie Myers, the head of ICE, said that President Bush's fiscal 2008 budget request, should it succeed in Congress,...

TSA pushes ahead on port worker credentials project

January 31, 2007 The Transportation Security Administration earlier this week formally announced the award of a contract worth at least $70 million to contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. to produce biometric identification cards at ports. The agreement to produce cards under TSA's Transportation Worker Identity Credentials program is known as an indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity...

Lawmakers weigh cutting nuclear security agency

January 30, 2007 Lawmakers on Tuesday proposed eliminating the agency created seven years ago to oversee the country's nuclear weapons stockpile, citing continued security failures at the Los Alamos laboratory in New Mexico. Members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations said at a hearing that the National Nuclear...

Democrat seeks more money for DHS grants to colleges, universities

January 29, 2007 Lawmakers should give the Homeland Security Department more money to distribute to colleges and universities in grants to develop homeland security "centers of excellence," the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said Monday. "If we are going to build a technologically advanced Department [of Homeland Security], we need to...

Report alleges mistreatment at immigrant detention centers

January 19, 2007 The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency failed to administer timely medical care to illegal immigrants detained at its facilities, according to a report released earlier this week by the Homeland Security Department's inspector general. The report also stated that "a female detainee [in San Diego] alleged that… a contract guard...

House bill would boost power of DHS privacy chief

January 19, 2007 The Homeland Security Department's top privacy official would receive a broad expansion of power if the House version of a bill to implement unfinished 9/11 commission recommendations is enacted. Hugo Teufel, chief privacy officer at DHS, said Thursday that the measure (H.R. 1) would grant his office subpoena power. The...

Lawmakers call on TSA to step up inspections of private planes

January 17, 2007 The Transportation Security Administration may need a larger staff to conduct more rigorous inspections of small private planes, lawmakers said Wednesday. Small private planes and similar types of aircraft in the general aviation community should undergo approximately the same security checks as commercial airliners, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said at...

Advisory council seeks tighter cyber security net

January 16, 2007 An advisory council approved a report Tuesday calling for greater collaboration between the government and private sector to create a cybersecurity network impermeable to what officials called a growing terrorist threat. The National Infrastructure Advisory Council report will be sent to the White House. It recommended the establishment of goals...

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