FEMA has a limited view into the allegations of misconduct that come from the agency's employees, because it lacks both the case management system and the written disciplinary policies to address misconduct from its cohort of temporary workers.
Congress is in the beginning stages of reauthorizing the Homeland Security Department for the first and only time in the past 15 years. The reauthorization bill specifically codifies key positions in the department and streamlines and eliminates others.
Staffing shortages, attrition and low morale cause perpetually ongoing problems at every level of the Secret Service, said the Homeland Security Department's inspector general. The president's 2018 budget request calls for more funding and employees, but neither the IG nor members of Congress say it's enough to turn around the beleaguered agency.
Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas) is getting closer to introducing a bill to create a stand-alone cybersecurity agency in DHS, while the agency also is conducting an internal review of current capabilities and future needs.
Retired Gen. Keith Alexander, the former head of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, told House Homeland Security Committee members they should go further than just creating a new cyber agency within DHS.
The House Homeland Security Committee and the House and Senate intelligence committees are going to prioritize oversight of how agencies hire and train their workforces to deal with cybersecurity.
The House Oversight and Government Reform and Homeland Security committees released oversight plans for the 115th Congress, both of which included cybersecurity and IT modernization.
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).
The Commission on Cybersecurity for the 45th President detailed 250 recommendations, including creating a specific cybersecurity agency within DHS and a new independent unit of auditors to stress test agency networks.
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) said he will propose an amendment to the House Rules package this year that would change congressional jurisdiction for DHS. The idea is gaining momentum with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and other lawmakers, he said. Anywhere between 92 and 108 committees and subcommittees now have oversight responsibilities for the department.
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 Coast Guard said it's the first Executive Branch agency to achieve full operating capability on its insider threat program. The Homeland Security Department said it's working to automate its continuous evaluation program, in support of a governmentwide goal to add 5 percent of the cleared population under CE by 2017.
Allegations of misconduct at the Transportation Security Administration jumped by nearly 29 percent between fiscal 2013 and 2015, a new House Homeland Security Committee report found. The agency said it's reorganizing its human capital office to better respond to issues within the TSA workforce.
The House Homeland Security Committee approved its 80th bill this session to reorganize and rename the Homeland Security Department’s National Programs and Protections Directorate.