The Homeland Security Department spent 40 percent of its budget on personnel costs in fiscal 2016. That share may continue to rise, as the department attempts to hire 10,000 new immigration officers and 5,000 border patrol agents to meet the Trump administration’s priorities. But DHS leaders say data analytics, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things will need to play a bigger role.
The Homeland Security Department’s inspector general found Immigration and Customs Enforcement doesn’t do a good job managing how it supervises and deports so-called non-detained aliens. John Shiffer, chief inspector in the Homeland Security Office of Inspector General, shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Agencies were scored for how easy it is to find and use email records, established email policies, and employee training. Agencies were also scored on whether there is a low, medium or high risk of not managing email effectively.
President Donald Trump wants to hire 5,000 more Border Patrol agents and 10,000 more Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. However, federal law enforcement representatives told lawmakers on Wednesday their organizations have too many managers and not enough staff-level employees.
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.
President Donald Trump is calling on Homeland Security Department leadership to hire at least 5,000 new border patrol agents and 10,000 additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and officers. But existing hiring challenges could make that task even more complicated.
Acting Office of Personnel Management Director Beth Cobert said agencies should include merit system principles, the rules and procedures that ensure objectivity in the federal hiring process, as an incentive for the top talent they want to attract.
The Department of Homeland Security is a diverse collection of agencies performing a variety of tasks, as evidenced by its three nominees for the Service to America Medals.
The White House has threatened to veto a fiscal 2017 spending bill that would further cut the Internal Revenue Service’s budget by $236 million.
It’s the job of Ajay Bhatt, associate legal adviser to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, to track down scores of human rights violators who’ve entered the country.
Homeland Security Investigations said it’s found a way to save precious time and resources for agents and investigators who sift through mass amounts of data and images for the unit’s child exploitation cases.
The Office of Information Policy published data on FOIA request processing from the annual reports of 100 agencies.
Managers within the Homeland Security Department’s headquarters say the Secretary’s “Unity of Effort” initiative is working better for them than it is for individual agencies. Component agencies say unity programs have little impact on their missions.
Five immigrant mothers held in facilities with their children are seeking millions of dollars in damages from the U.S. government for what they contend is psychological and physical harm as a result of being detained, according to court papers filed Monday.
From IT offices to law enforcement bureaus, the federal government says it needs more cybersecurity specialists. But competition is tough. Several federal agencies treated winners of the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition as VIPs when they visited Washington in late July. Stops on the tour included the National Security Agency, the Pentagon and the Cyber Crimes Center, part of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
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