The St. Elizabeths campus now houses senior DHS management officials, but the ongoing project still serves as a reminder that the agency faces an uphill battle when it comes to functioning like a unified agency – an issue it’s faced since its creation more than 15 years ago.
The Department of Homeland Security issued a notice to contractors setting expectations about the timing of solicitations and other acquisition activities for after the shutdown ends.
Each component within the Homeland Security Department applies standards differently when determining whether contractor personnel are fit to work on behalf of the agency.
The Homeland Security Industrial Base said it is still looking for more collaboration and communication from DHS.
DHS is planning to hold its fourth reverse industry day on June 28 while three other agencies are following in their footsteps by holding similar events with vendors.
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.
Some members of industry described a culture of fear within the Homeland Security Department, which holds them back from doing business with with DHS. The department’s undersecretary for management, Russell Deyo, said he’s concerned by industry’s fractured relationship.
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.
DHS Undersecretary for Management Russell Deyo has four major priorities for the final year of the Obama administration. Based on the department’s “Unity of Effort” initiative, component leaders are beginning to talk to each other more and share ideas for improvement.
FedRAMP and other initiatives are helping CIOs become more comfortable with securing data and applications in the cloud. But changing the way agencies buy, manage and oversee technology is a bigger roadblock in moving systems to the cloud.