The White House is also requesting a $3 billion boost to the Homeland Security Department, along with an additional $30 billion in defense and Overseas Contingency Operations funding for fiscal 2017. Civilian agencies would shoulder $18 billion in spending cuts. The additional funding for DHS would help the department prepare and enact the President’s executive orders on border security and immigration.
Authorities have discovered more than 200 cross-border tunnels originating in Mexico since 1990, most of which entered the United States
Amid reports that the White House is planning budget cuts at the Coast Guard, Transportation Security Administration and Federal Emergency Management Agency to pay for the President’s border security and immigration policies, some senators are worried the Homeland Security Department will forget the lessons it’s learned about risk-based management. They asked Elaine Duke, the nominee to be the DHS deputy secretary, about her approach to future budgetary decisions.
A committee within the Homeland Security Department is finalizing a new guide for agencies, state and local governments and other organizations involved in cyber breaches with best practices for notifying victims.
The Homeland Security Department held the second of its major hiring events last December. It made about 40 job offers to college students and recent graduates for a few positions across all of DHS’ components. Now, the department is reviewing what worked and what didn’t from the virtual job fair to inform its 2017 recruitment strategy.
Congress may reprogram and reallocate resources in the Homeland Security Department, use emergency funding or some combination of both to pay for the construction of a wall along the southern border, said House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas).
Gen. John Kelly, the President-elect’s pick to be the Homeland Security Department’s new secretary, said he recognizes DHS’ immense challenges and plans to study up on the previous administration’s attempts at management reform.
Current Homeland Security Department Secretary Jeh Johnson’s vision of “unity” will carry into the new administration, as Congress officially codified several of his priorities in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. DHS will have a new strategic planning and policy office, as well as several joint task forces to coordinate activity across the department’s 22 components.
Gen. John Kelly, the former U.S Southern Command leader who President-elect Trump chose as his new secretary of the Homeland Security Department, will bring a lot of much-needed operational experience to DHS. But as homeland security experts caution, transitioning from a management role at the Defense Department to a civilian agency like DHS may be a challenge for the nominee.
The Homeland Security Department’s struggles to recruit, retain and develop top talent, as well as its challenges in fostering working industry relationships, will be key priorities as DHS approaches the upcoming transition and its 15th anniversary. That’s according to a survey of DHS and industry executives from the Homeland Security and Defense Business Council.
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The federal workforce said it was slightly more engaged at their agencies. Employee engagement rose slightly in 2016, rising from 64 percent in 2015 to 65 percent this year, according to the newly released results of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said he plans to introduce new recommendations for reforming and reorganizing DHS. The report is intended as a series of suggestions for the next administration. McCaul also said he will introduce a plan to consolidate the 100 congressional committees that have jurisdiction and oversight on the department.
The Homeland Security Department is discussing whether it should extend the same cyber defenses it provides to the electric grid or financial sector to the 9,000 state and local systems that collect, tally and report votes during a national election.
The Homeland Security Department drew large crowds to its first-ever tech and cybersecurity job fair in Washington this week. The department interviewed applicants, made tentative offers and started the security clearance review process on the spot for about 150 talented candidates.