President Proposes Department of Homeland Security
The President has proposed creating a new Department of Homeland Security, the most significant transformation of the U.S. government in over a half-century by largely transforming and realigning the current confusing patchwork of government activities into a single department whose primary mission is to protect our homeland. The creation of a Department of Homeland Security is one more key step in the President's national strategy for homeland security. Immediately after last fall's attack, the President took decisive steps to protect America -- from hardening cockpits and stockpiling vaccines to tightening our borders. The President…
New Patrol Boat Delivered to Puerto Rico PD
The Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) has taken delivery of a new patrol boat from Louisiana-based boatbuilder Metal Shark. The new 35-foot Defiant welded aluminum pilothouse patrol vessel, built at Metal Shark’s Jeanerette, La. production facility, joins the fleet of 36-foot Metal Shark Fearless-class high performance center console patrol boats delivered to the PRPD a year ago. The PRPD’s new patrol boat features a fully-enclosed, climate-controlled pilothouse for all weather operation, outfitted with Shockwave shock-mitigating seating for a crew of four, the builder said.
Senate Version of Homeland Security Bill
The Senate Committee on Government Affairs released its version of the Homeland Security legislation. It is entitled the National Homeland Security and Combating Terrorism Act of 2002 (S. 2452). Under this bill, the Directorate of Border and Transportation Security within the new Department of Homeland Security would consist of the Customs Service, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The measure provides that the Customs Service and the Coast Guard are to remain distinct entities. Source: HK Law
Admiral Collins Addresses Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee
The Senate Committee on Appropriations released the Statement of Admiral Thomas Collins
GAO Issue Report on Homeland Security and Information Technology
The U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) issued its report entitled Homeland Security: Information Technology Funding and Associated Management Issues
Bill Introduced for Homeland Security Grant Reports
Representative Weiner (D-NY) introduced a bill (H.R. 5191) to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to require, as a condition of receiving a homeland security grant, that a grant recipient submit reports on each expenditure made using grant funds. Source: HK Law
Homeland Security Grant Bill Introduced
Senator Collins (R-ME) introduced a bill (S. 1554) to establish an intergovernmental grant program to identify and develop homeland security information, equipment, capabilities, technologies, and services to further the homeland security of the United States and to address the homeland security needs of Federal, State, and local governments. (HK Law).
Homeland Security Bill Introduced
Representative Harman (D-CA) introduced the Reducing Over-Classification Act of 2007 (H.R. 4806) to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop a strategy to prevent the over-classification of homeland security and other information and to promote the sharing of unclassified homeland security and other information, and for other purposes. (HK Law)
HSA Focuses on Homeland Security
The Homeland Security Industries Association (HSIA), kicked off its formation today by presenting seven position statements that recommend how government and industry can work together on critical homeland security areas. The HSIA position statements address airport security; port and maritime security; protection against bio-terrorism and chemical agent attacks, radiological and nuclear security; critical infrastructure protection and physical security; information technology security; security equipment and information sharing security; and best business practices. HSIA is a non-profit organization founded by Washington attorney Bruce Aitken, Co-chair of Aitken, Irvin, Berlin & Vrooman, LLP, who serves as its President.
Hearing – Homeland Security: The Next Five Years
The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs conducted a hearing entitled Homeland Security: The Next Five Years. As explained in her opening statement, Senator Susan M. Collins (R-ME) wants to assess the homeland security challenges the next five years will bring. Michael Chertoff, Secretary of Homeland Security, discussed those challenges, including port and maritime security. He noted that not every risk can be eliminated, so the goal is to prioritize the threats and address those of highest importance. Among the various witnesses, Richard A. Falkenrath, Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism, New York City Police Department, stated that the threat of a weapon of mass destruction in a shipping container has been exaggerated.
Homeland Security Issues Report
The U.S. Office of Homeland Security issued a report entitled, Securing the Homeland Strengthening the Nation. The report addresses the U.S. response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the national strategy for the future regarding homeland security, and budget priorities related to homeland security. For instance, it proposes strengthening U.S. borders while making them highly efficient, posing little or no obstacle to legitimate trade and travel. The Coast Guard will develop mechanisms for maintaining maritime domain awareness and provide enhanced defenses for critical high-risk vessels and coastal facilities. Source: HK Law
Bush Gives Speech on Homeland Security Budget
With Director of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, and a contingent of Coast Guard personnel standing behind him, President Bush delivered a Speech announcing that he intends to seek major budget increases to fund homeland security. The budget proposal to be submitted to Congress will seek $38 billion for homeland security, of which $11 billion would be devoted to controlling the U.S. borders. The President also discussed his admiration for the Coast Guard and its many missions. A fact sheet released by the White House in conjunction with the President's speech indicates that the Coast Guard's budget for homeland security-related missions would be increased by $282 million…
DHS National Dialogue Phase Two
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has commenced Phase 2 of the National Dialogue for the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR). Interested parties are asked to prioritize homeland security mission objectives, advise on what must be done to achieve those objectives, and discuss the ideas of others. (9/1/09). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)
DHS Review of USCG Mission Performance
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued its annual review of the Coast Guard’s mission performance for fiscal year 2008. The report shows that for the seventh consecutive year, the Coast Guard dedicated more resource hours to homeland security missions than to non-homeland security missions. But, the data also shows that the gap in resource hours is narrowing. OIG-10-17 (12/8/09). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)
L-3 and Power2Ship to Collaborate
Power2Ship Inc. announced their collaboration with L-3 Communications on a solution for secure and efficient container transportation worldwide. This solution is targeted to meet the recent Department of Homeland Security objective outlined by Secretary Chertoff for supply chain security. Since its creation, the Department of Homeland Security has created programs to safeguard our borders from threats. However, securing the movement of containers through the ports and across highways and rail systems has proven much more difficult. "Our risk-based solution focuses on both the containers and on all of the related transportation service providers in the supply chain," commented Michael Darden, President, Power2Ship, Inc.
Homeland Security Certification
More than 50 Navy professionals – Sailors and civilians – earned their homeland security certification Nov. 6 after attending a two-day seminar in Pearl Harbor. Following the days of Sept. 11, 2001, a call to action was made for all Americans to come together in defense of the county, and the discussion of homeland security became a leading topic of the day. The American College of Forensic Examiners (ACFEI) developed a program in January 2003 for people around the nation to become certified in homeland security. The Certified in Homeland Security (CHS) program, according to the program's Web site, provides certification, training and continuing education to professionals committed to improving homeland security.
Homeland Security Science & Tech. Meeting Scheduled
The Homeland Security Science & Technology Advisory Committee, sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, will meet in Potomac, Md. on February 26-27, 2004 in a partially closed session. Members will receive briefings on the mission and organization of the Department and the mission and approaches of the Science & Technology Directorate.
Homeland Security Technology Workshop to Be Held in RI
The Undersea Warfare Center Division of the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command is co-sponsoring the Homeland Security Technology Workshop to be held in Warwick, Rhode Island on December 10-11, 2003. Topics include sensor and detection technology, deterring chemical and bio-terrorist attacks in the marine environment, risk assessment and management, C4ISR, and homeland security legal issues. Source: HK Law
Homeland Security Cargo Summit Scheduled for Dec. 16-17
The Department of Homeland Security is co-sponsoring the Homeland Security Cargo Summit on December 16-17. The Summit will be held at the Georgetown University Conference Center, 3800 Reservoir Road, NW, Washington, DC, located across the street from Georgetown University. Portions of the Summit are by invitation only.
Ridge Nominated as Secretary of Homeland Security
The White House sent to the Senate the Nominations of Thomas J. Ridge to be Secretary of Homeland Security and Gordon England to be Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.
EPA Issues Homeland Security Strategic Plan
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its HomelandSecurity Strategic Plan. The plan provides, among other things, that the EPA will be an active participant in national security and homeland security efforts pertaining to transportation. In this regard, the EPA will work to enhance emergency preparedness for transportation incidents involving radiation and work with the Customs Service to prevent importation of unwanted radioactive materials and to better control imports and exports of toxic and hazardous materials and wastes. Source: HK Law
Administration Calls for Prompt Creation of Department of Homeland Security
Citing, among other things, the explosion on the French supertanker LIMBURG in waters of Yemen, the White House issued Remarks of Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge and other Administration officials calling on Congress to promptly enact legislation to establish the Department of Homeland Security. Source: HK Law
Panel Rejects Port Security Proposal
Republicans on the House Homeland Security Economic Security Subcommittee on March 30 rejected a proposal from Democrats that would have required all cargo containers headed for the United States to have tamper-resistant seals and be scanned for illicit materials. The proposal, offered as an amendment to the Security and Accountability for Every Port bill, was defeated on an 8-6 party-line vote before the subcommittee passed the bill by unanimous voice vote. The defeated amendment would have required the Homeland Security Department to issue new regulations within three years requiring all containers to have hardened seals and be scanned before leaving a foreign port.