Bennie Thompson

  • DHS IG has ‘profound concerns’ about whistleblower retaliation at Coast Guard

    The Homeland Security Department’s inspector general said it’s deeply concerned that the Coast Guard Investigative Service executed a search warrant against a whistleblower.

  • White House lays out roadmap for more diversity in national security workforce

    President Barack Obama signed a memorandum promoting diversity and inclusion in the national security workforce. The memo calls for the collection, analysis and dissemination of demographic data, as well as develop practices for exit and stay interviews.

  • DHS, DoD want to hear cyber solutions from small business innovators

    In today’s Top Federal Headlines, a large group of government transparency advocacy groups has asked members of Congress to disallow proposal to give DoD more FOIA exemptions.

  • DHS funding for new headquarters slashed in FY 2017 bill

    A House Appropriations subcommittee delivered a major setback to the funding of a consolidated Department of Homeland Security headquarters campus on Wednesday.

  • House committee advances bill to create DHS insider threat program

    The House Committee on Homeland Security favorably recommended more than a dozen bills aimed at strengthening national security and improving management and oversight within DHS.

  • DHS Secretary Johnson baffled by ‘absurd’ budget conversation

    A vote in the Senate could come as early as Thursday on a bill that would fund the Homeland Security Department beyond this Friday. If passed, the bill would still have to clear the House, before being sent to the President’s desk. While Congress was busy making moves Wednesday, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson went on the offensive to ensure Congress doesn’t shut down his department. 30,000 DHS workers would be sent home and the trickle-down effect on state and local governments and law enforcement organizations would worsen if Congress doesn’t pass a bill, Johnson said.

  • DHS shutdown, furloughs dominate subcommittee hearing

    A House subcommittee hosted a hearing Thursday to discuss emerging threats and technologies, but the topic that dominated conversation was whether the Homeland Security Department would be funded after Feb. 27.

  • Cause, effect of DHS morale problems tied to leadership vacancies

    Despite progress in confirming a new secretary and deputy secretary, DHS still features a large number of officials in acting roles. Former Secretary Tom Ridge told lawmakers the department cannot build nor sustain a mission-focused culture with so many non-permanent positions. NTEU says pay freezes, budget cuts and the government shutdown are more to blame for low morale across DHS and the entire government.

  • DHS issues first-ever clean financial audit, but IG says more work needed

    For the first time in its history, the Homeland Security Department turned in a clean financial audit. A new DHS inspector general report, however, says the department has “significant deficiencies” in its internal control over financial reporting.

  • UPDATED: What Jeh Johnson’s nomination means for DHS

    President Barack Obama nominated Jeh Johnson to be the next secretary of the Homeland Security Department. He has no discernible experience working in the homeland security sector.