• FBI IT Division Reforms Hiring Practices

    FBI IT Division Reforms Hiring Practices

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS) is changing the way they seek information technology (IT) talent in their office. Rather than hiring cybersecurity analysts and data scientists for their specific skills related to their field, the division will be focusing more on personalities expected to succeed in their environment.

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Secretary Napolitano Speaks at 2012 National Fusion Center Training Event; Highlights new and recent DHS Initiatives

Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) Janet Napolitano met with state and urban area fusion center leaders on Wednesday to discuss the benefits of information sharing and analysis at the 2012 National Fusion Center Training Event in Phoenix.

“Homeland security begins with hometown security, and fusion centers play a vital role in keeping communities safe all across America,” Napolitano said. “Fusion centers enhance hometown security in many ways – as they are uniquely well-positioned to help local officials better protect their communities from all threats, whether it is terrorism or other criminal activities.”

Napolitano highlighted the importance of collaboration with fusion centers as well as with federal, state, local, tribal and territorial partners to improve information sharing and analysis and to develop the fusion centers’ grassroots capabilities while using national intelligence in a local context.

Other initiatives, such as the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative and the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign were discussed. The Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative trains law enforcement in terrorist behavioral recognition and standardizes documentation and reporting of these observations to the Federal Bureau of Investigation-led Joint Terrorism Task Forces.

Napolitano also highlighted the success of the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign, a program that encourages the public to report suspicious behavior and activity to law enforcement. The campaign has recently expanded to include partnerships with sports teams, sports leagues, transportation agencies and colleges and universities, DHS said.

This Week on FEDtalk

Long Term Planning and Supplemental Insurance Options for Feds

Weighing the pros and cons of various insurance options can be difficult.  Tune into FEDtalk this Friday for a clear explanation of the long term planning and supplemental insurance options available to federal employees.

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FLEOA Highlights Important Policy, People During Police Week

The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) is continually committed to serving our members and the federal law enforcement community. This Police Week, FLEOA has dedicated special time and attention to pushing policy that helps the law enforcement community protect and serve their community. From events highlighting the importance of police to meetings on the Hill, FLEOA is excited to engage the public and policy makers on law enforcement issues during this time of heightened awareness.

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