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Sequestration Will Delay Some DHS Cybersecurity Programs
By Yasmin Tadjdeh

Budget cuts resulting from sequestration will delay some Department of Homeland Security cybersecurity initiatives, a top DHS official said March 13.

“We’re actually going to have to slow down some of our programs as far as development goes. We’re trying to do it in such a way that we don’t have to turn off anything, but clearly it’s going to slow down the development and deployment of [certain programs],” said Richard Spires, DHS’ chief information officer.

When questioned, Spires repeatedly declined to say which specific cybersecurity programs would be affected

To help offset cuts, the department will look at “optimizing” different programs, he said 
at the Center for National Policy, a Washington, D.C.-based think-tank. 

“We’ve got a lot of duplication and perhaps not an optimized [environment]. So that’s one thing we’re really working on. Rather than saying ‘Hey, we’re going to cut your service or we just can’t provide as much as to our customers,’ what we’re trying to do is optimize our IT infrastructure,” he said.

“[We want to] really drive that and drive savings through that so we can plow that back and not affect that mission,” he said.

DHS will try to consolidate data centers and move toward more cloud services, which are beneficial because they work on consumption-based models that help efficiently allocate funds, said Spires.

“[With cloud] we buy what we really need … [and everyone is] trying to really be more efficient at the infrastructure level so we don’t have to cut services,” he said.

Other DHS agencies, however, will face major downsizing.

Janet Napolitano, DHS’ secretary, said that because of sequestration, the Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection is reducing the number of officers at checkpoints. Smaller staffs will result in longer lines, she said on March 4.

Additionally, the Secret Service, which operates under the DHS umbrella, is taking a 5 percent cut in its operating budget, whittling it down to $84 million.

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Re: Sequestration Will Delay Some DHS Cybersecurity Programs

I cannot help but feel that Sequestration is the most elaborate political ploy ever implemented by any administration in the history of this country. I find it to be amazing that the the security and well being of this nation is being defunded while the Royal Presidency can still throw lavish parties and indulge in multiple and separate vacations. Our military might is being sabotaged and criminal aliens are released onto our streets in the name of Sequestration while we continue to fund the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda.
Danny Jeffrey at 3/14/2013 10:53 PM

Re: Sequestration Will Delay Some DHS Cybersecurity Programs

Sequestration could have been an ideal opportunity to improve the operations of the Federal workforce without implementing any serious or damaging cuts to defense or the public safety net.  Ask any honest government employee and they will tell you that a 20% across the board reduction in the Federal workforce would do nothing more than eliminate a fraction of the dead wood.  This is where a business leader in the White House could have been an enormous asset.  Elections do have consequences.
Joe Keene at 3/18/2013 1:41 PM

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