Statement on the White House Organization for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism [May 26, 2009] [open pdf - 34KB]
In this statement from May 26, 2009, President Barack Obama announced several key decisions regarding a Presidential Study Directive issued in February 2009 to "look at how the White House should be organized to deal with the critical issues of homeland security and counterterrorism." Decisions include the "full integration of White House staff supporting national security and homeland security," "maintaining the Homeland Security Council as the principle venue for interagency deliberations," "the establishment of new directorates and positions within the National Security Staff to deal with new and emerging… challenges," "retaining the position of Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism (AP/HSCT) as [the] principal White House advisor," and "creating a new Global Engagement Directorate to drive comprehensive engagement policies that leverage diplomacy, communications, international development and assistance, and domestic engagement and outreach in pursuit of a host of national security objectives, including those related to homeland security."
United States Government Printing Office, Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=CPD
Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents (May 26, 2009), DCPD200900403