Author: HSDL Staff

Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Program: What You Need to Know

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implements the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) regulations [H.R. 4007, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014], which regulate security at high-risk facilities possessing more than baseline amounts of one or more ‘chemicals of interest’. ‘Chemicals of interest’ are...

National Preparedness: Where Do We Stand? FEMA Releases Annual Report

This month, FEMA released the third annual iteration of its “National Preparedness Report.” From the FEMA site and Executive Summary: “Required annually by Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness, the National Preparedness Report summarizes progress in building, sustaining, and delivering the 31 core capabilities described in the National Preparedness Goal...

Delaying Action on Climate Change Could Cause “Substantial Economic Damage,” Says White House Report

The Obama Administration has already implemented a number of climate change policies in the last year to combat phenomena such as global warming and greenhouse gas emissions, but what are the economic costs of delaying further action? The White House released today a report from the Council Economic of Advisers...

White House Releases First-Ever National Plan for Civil Earth Observations

Last week, the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) released its first-ever National Plan for Civil Earth Observations. The National Plan represents the White House’s “blueprint for maximizing the value of observations collected by Federal agencies of the Earth’s land surfaces, oceans and atmosphere.” Because the U.S....

Ten Years After The 9/11 Commission Report: How Has the Terrorist Threat Evolved?

Ten years ago today the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States published the official account of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, The 9/11 Commission Report. A decade later, the Commission has reconvened as private citizens to “reflect on the changes of the past ten years and...

Securing the U.S. Electrical Grid, the “Most Critical of Critical Infrastructure” 

The Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress (CSPC) released a report this month on the U.S. electrical grid, a system it dubs “the most critical of critical infrastructure.” In preparation for its report, CSPC conducted a series of off-the-record discussions with experts from the government, the private sector, and the policy...

2014 National Drug Control Policy: Steps in the Right Direction

On July 9th, The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy released The 2014 National Drug Control Strategy. Released annually, The 2014 National Drug Control Strategy builds on the previous four Strategies, and serves as the Nation’s blueprint for reducing drug use and its consequences. While it is similar...

President Obama’s Supplemental Funding Request for Immigration and Wildfires Incites Congressional Action

Immigration issues are reaching a boiling point in the Texas desert. Sparked by recent events, President Obama submitted a letter to Congress on July 8th titled, “Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Request to Address the Increase in Child and Adult Migration from Central America in the Rio Grande Valley Areas of the...

NEMA Biennial Report 2014

Yesterday, the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) published their 2014 Biennial Report. Since 1996, NEMA has published the Biennial Report that contains information on various aspects of state emergency management and Homeland Security. This edition incorporates detailed information on Emergency Management and Homeland Security organizational structures and staffing, governor’s authority...

Review Board Defends Information Collection under FISA Section 702

The U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB or ‘the Board’) released yesterday a report on the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance and collection activities conducted under Section 702 of FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978). In 2013, following the disclosure of classified information by NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the Board was...