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Jonathan Marino

Management

Walking the Talk

Getting first responders on the same wavelength requires more than just new technology.

Managing Technology

Walking the Talk

Getting first responders on the same wavelength requires more than just new technology.

Defense

Panel may hold hearings on emergency wireless project

Agencies are reconsidering the viability of program to provide a communications network for first responders.

Defense

NTEU to represent 1,400 federal airport screeners

Union hopes to expand representation of TSA employees, as rival labor organization notes it has been active in the agency for five years.

Defense

Lack of detention space hinders efforts to track fugitive immigrants

Inspector general recommends more resources, notes number of fugitives rose nearly 88 percent from 2001 to 2006.

Defense

CBP prepares to expand expedited import tracking

Project aims to replace a long-used paper system for processing commercial imports with electronic processing.

Defense

DHS privacy czar seeks additional investigators

Office also wants to hire more employees to handle FOIA requests.

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DHS still faces hurdles tracking visitor exits by land

Agency still years away from being fully able to verify departures, panelists tell lawmakers.

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Senate bill would transfer agriculture inspectors out of DHS

Measure proposed in part to address concerns about a lack of resources for checks to adequately protect against foreign pests.

Defense

Whistleblower legislation faces veto threat

Bill would boost protections for employees in security and science agencies from retaliation for disclosing mismanagement.

Defense

Coast Guard cancels patrol boat contract

Agency will be more involved in managing the program, and will solicit new bids for design and development work.

Defense

DHS tech chief wants broadband for first responders

Access to high-speed networks would enable responders to receive federal broadcasts and warnings.

Defense

Lawmaker probes contract oversight at DHS agency

Letters to key Homeland Security officials ask for more detail on the budget challenges facing the Federal Protective Service.

Defense

Rule broadens DHS post-employment lobbying limits

Senior officials will be prohibited from lobbying anywhere in the department for 12 months after they leave.

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Coast Guard aims to hire more contract oversight officials

Agency has already recruited more people to ensure better management of fleet modernization, IG says.

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Rail representatives rip DHS grants bureaucracy

Amtrak inspector general highlights vast differences between airport and ground transit security.

Defense

Lawmakers say TSA whistleblower rights provision goes too far

If language in a rail security bill is enacted, whistleblowers could gain an unfair advantage in cases alleging retaliation, panel members say.

Defense

TSA head says collective bargaining would be costly

Kip Hawley estimates price tag for implementing bargaining rights would be $160 million.

Defense

DHS lacks timetable for monitoring visitor departures

Exit tracking component of US VISIT “not ready for prime time yet,” program official says.

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FEMA urged to improve grants management

Officials acknowledge the need to do better in this area, as well as in contracting; director points to progress in hiring.