DHS: Customer experience hiring initiative, hundreds of technologist positions available

The agency’s initiative follows President Joe Biden’s 2021 executive order seeking to streamline the “government-to-customer delivery process.”

Much-hyped effort to help DHS land cyber talent is slow to make hires

So far about four hires have been made under the Cybersecurity Talent Management System, with the agency hoping to make offers to 150 new cyber specialists by the end of September.

Former CISA chief wants new, cross-cutting agency to lead fed cyber

Chris Krebs wants to establish a new agency to focus on privacy, data and cyber risks facing the U.S., or to pull the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency from under the Department of Homeland Security.

Lawmakers: DHS IG should ‘step aside’ from Secret Service probe

Department of Homeland Security Inspector General Joseph Cuffari failed to notify Congress about the Secret Service’s refusal to comply with his office’s investigation for months, top lawmakers said. 

Senate panel wants DHS to focus intel activities on foreign threats

The Senate version of the annual intelligence authorization bill, which passed out of committee last week, includes a warning to the DHS intelligence arm to distinguish more carefully between its foreign and domestic missions.

DHS workforce sprint brings in nearly 300 cyber employees

DHS just finished a hiring "sprint" it launched in May. The result? More than 300 new cybersecurity professionals have been brought onboard, and another 500 have offers on the table.

USCIS: Union pushes for funding, staff increases

The largest union representing employees of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services agency is endorsing WH plans to increase funding and staffing across USCIS.

OPM will not renew contracts with background investigations firm

US Investigations Services, a major contractor that performs background checks for federal agencies—announced Sept. 9 that the Office of Personnel Management will not exercise its options to extend the company's background investigation fieldwork and background investigation support services contracts that expire September 30.

Bill would help DHS attract cybersecurity experts

The chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, this week introduced a bill that would grant the Department of Homeland Security hiring and compensation authorities to make it easier to attract, hire and retain cybersecurity experts.

Groups fire back in DHS suspension of overtime

Federal employee groups are pushing back against a Department of Homeland Security decision to suspend the use of administratively uncontrollable overtime (AUO) for some employees.

Citizens less satisfied with federal government

A new report from a research organization that tracks national customer satisfaction details a decline in 2013 in citizen satisfaction with the services provided by the federal government.

Super Bowl gets federal government involved in big way

Federal and military entities—from the Department of Homeland Security to NORAD—have played major roles in providing security for the Super Bowl.

DHS gets new leader

The Senate this week confirmed Jeh Johnson as the fourth secretary of the Department of Homeland Security

Ridge says DHS vacancies threaten security

Tom Ridge, who oversaw the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and served as its first secretary, appeared this week before a House panel to lay out his concerns over what he called "a serious threat to the effectiveness of the Department of Homeland Security."

Senators want DHS to explain overtime misuse

Two Senate lawmakers have asked the Department of Homeland Security to explain why it allowed its employees to continue to abuse the department's administratively uncontrollable overtime (AUO) pay system years after investigators revealed its misuse.

Special Counsel finds DHS overtime abuse

The Office of Special Counsel has verified allegations that many employees at the Department of Homeland Security improperly claim administratively uncontrollable overtime (AUO) on a regular basis.

Lawmakers want answers on DHS overtime abuse

Two senators are directing the Department of Homeland Security to explain why it allowed its employees to continue to abuse the department's administratively uncontrollable overtime (AUO) pay system years after investigators revealed its misuse.