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Auditors find Customs, Border agency violated financial rules

January 12, 2007 U.S. Customs and Border Protection broke three laws and regulations related to financial management during fiscal 2006, according to an audit report released earlier this week. Auditor KPMG found that CBP did not comply with the 2002 Federal Information Security Management Act, the 1996 Federal Financial Management Improvement Act and...

Advisers urge DHS chief to seek intel community’s support

January 11, 2007 In the face of increasing threats against the United States, the Homeland Security Department should push for greater integration with the intelligence community, members of an advisory panel said Thursday. During a session open to the public, members of the Homeland Security Advisory Council told DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff he...

Bush moves to retain recess-appointed ICE chief

January 10, 2007 President Bush on Tuesday renominated the chief of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, who was put in her position through a controversial recess appointment last January, to continue in the job. With Democrats in control of the new Congress, Julie Myers likely will face an even tougher confirmation process...

DHS announces $445 million in infrastructure protection grants

January 9, 2007 The Homeland Security Department announced Tuesday that it will award nearly $445 million in 2007 grants to assist with securing ports, transit systems and other parts of the national infrastructure deemed most vulnerable to terrorist attacks. Homeland security personnel visited sites nationwide to develop and test security plans, and will...

Teamsters seek rail security focus

January 8, 2007 Officials from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters on Monday said they will push lawmakers to focus on rail security and will oppose immigration reform proposals that include a guest worker program. The Teamsters, a 1.4 million-member union representing freight drivers, warehouse workers and others in both the private and public...

Bush taps former NSA chief as intelligence director

January 5, 2007 President Bush announced Friday that he has selected retired Navy Vice Adm. J. Michael McConnell to become the second director of national intelligence. If confirmed, McConnell, who was chief of the National Security Agency during the 1990s, would replace outgoing DNI John Negroponte. Bush hailed McConnell for "ensuring that our...

Union blasts final TSA rule on port ID cards

January 4, 2007 The Transportation Security Administration's publication of a final rule requiring port workers to purchase identification cards is rankling union officials. Labor representatives were particularly upset because the Transportation Worker Identification Card rule, published Wednesday, does not require port operators to install the machines that would read the cards to verify...

DHS urged to step up oversight of cash advances on grants

January 2, 2007 The Homeland Security Department needs to beef up oversight of cash advances provided to some first responder grant recipients, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report. "DHS currently lacks the policies and procedures to track and report on specific cases of cash advance funding," and must begin "critical" oversight,...

Multiple DHS agencies may have violated funding law

December 21, 2006 Auditor KPMG warned the Homeland Security Department of multiple potential violations of a fiscal law barring agencies from spending money in excess of appropriations, according to a new report from the department's inspector general. The report, released Wednesday, identified two DHS agencies as having possibly violated the Anti-Deficiency Act, though...

Acquisition listed among DHS management challenges

December 20, 2006 The Homeland Security Department needs to establish a more comprehensive acquisition oversight program and better plan an initiative to secure the borders, according to an inspector general report released Wednesday. The report on major management challenges said that some of DHS' contract writing systems are incompatible with the Federal Procurement...

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