UPDATE: The U.S. Congress voted late Friday to fund the Department of Homeland Security, but could only reach an agreement to fund the DHS for one week.
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Jeh Johnson, secretary of the Homeland Security Department, is calling on Congress to pass a 2015 appropriations bill to fund additional security measures for border protection and homeland security.
Avineon Inc., McLean, Va., a global provider of information technology, geospatial and engineering support services, announced it has been awarded an Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading-Edge Solutions II (EAGLE II) contract by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The contract, designed to obtain information technology support services, was awarded under the unrestricted track for functional category one service delivery.
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate has transitioned the first technology in its Transition to Practice program to commercial market two years ahead of schedule.
First responders across the nation may soon be using a virtual training technology that allows multiple types of personnel, such as firefighters, police and paramedics, to train together. The prototype system is currently undergoing live tests with first responders to further refine the program before it is released to federal and state agencies some time in 2014.
Luke J. McCormack has been appointed as chief information officer for the Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate has unveiled an open source cybersecurity tool for information sharing across the Internet.
Rosemary Wenchel has been appointed deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity, National Protection and Programs Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has appointed Michael W. Locatis III assistant secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications at the National Protection and Programs Directorate.
Although not claiming victory, the DHS has made some serious headway in improving cybersecurity, according to panelists discussing the topic at the DHS 2012 Information Technology Industry Day in Washington, D.C. Experts said the threats have not disappeared but rather have changed, and various DHS agencies have been learning how to better handle them.
Members of the two morning panels at the DHS 2012 Information Technology Industry Day hammered home the need all DHS agencies have for information sharing and information security within a mobile environment; however, the agencies continue to face slow processes to put these capabilities into place.
Richard Spires, chief information officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, kicked off DHS Industry Day by declaring that it is time to find the balance between the IT needs of individual DHS agencies and leveraging IT throughout the department as a whole. The department needs to take a "shared first" approach to commodities and then look at unique technologies the individual agencies need.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is looking for the next members of its National Advisory Council (NAC). The NAC provides external guidance on issues ranging from terrorist response to federal preparedness.
Protecting any nation's citizens and institutions is difficult under any circumstances, but today's economic limitations make this task even more challenging. Government and business leaders will meet at the end of this month to tackle this topic during AFCEA International's 11th annual Homeland Security conference. Conference discussion topics include cloud computing, cyberwar, procurement, wireless broadband and social media. Small businesses' interaction with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) also will be explored. Coverage will begin on February 28.
General Dynamics Information Technology, Fairfax, Virginia, recently announced that it has been awarded a blanket purchase agreement to provide information technology support services to the U.S. Coast Guard Force Readiness Command (FORCECOM). The agreement has a ceiling value of $11 million over a five-year period. General Dynamics will provide FORCECOM with information technology and simulator support services for non-standard workstations and systems.
General Dynamics Information Technology, Fairfax, Virginia, has been awarded a task order through the U.S. General Services Administration's Alliant Contract to support the relocation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's headquarters. The task order has a ceiling value of $876 million and duration of seven years if all options are exercised.
Biometric technology capabilities continue to grow, and so do government data sharing efforts.
Rear Adm. Michael A. Brown, USN, has been nominated for assignment as director, cybersecurity coordination, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C.
Lattice Incorporated recently announced that it has been awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to develop a demonstrable prototype device able to search for and identify bulk quantities of currency. The company has teamed with the University of Washington to research, design and develop a special-purpose concealed sensor platform specifically targeted to identifying large quantities of U.S. and Canadian concealed currency as well as Euros. In 2001, Congress criminalized the act of smuggling large amounts of cash as part of the U.S.