Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

OPM releases suggestions for Homeland Seurity Personnel System

The Office of Personnel Management Monday posted on its Web site a detailed list of 52 options for the Homeland Security Department’s new personnel system. The list includes a range of choices that touch on everything from pay, performance evaluation and job classification systems to labor relations, disciplinary processes and...

Ridge says Canadians exempt from new U.S. Border Security Plan

Ridge and Canadian Deputy Prime Minister John Manley emphasized the U.S. policy to exempt Canadian citizens from the Visitor Immigrant Status Indication Technology, or the VISIT system, approved by Congress could change as implementation plans solidify. To find out more, click here. U.S. Visit System Article formerly posted at

ASAC recommendations for air cargo security

Press release by the Transportation Security Agency, Oct. 1, 2003. The TSA’s Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC) provided 40 recommendations covering 22 topic areas for improving air cargo security. Details, including fact sheet and presentations may be found at Article formerly posted at

Homeland Security Needs to Better Track Foreign Workers

The Homeland Security Department needs to keep a closer eye on the high-tech workers admitted to the United States under a special visa program, congressional investigators said Thursday. For more information, view the GAO report at Article formerly posted at

Homefront Confidential

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has released their fourth edition of “Homeland Confidential. How the War on Terrorism Affects Access to Information and the Public’s Right to Know” To read the report, click here. Homeland Confidential 4th ed. Article formerly posted at

ID theft undermining integrated terror watch lists

Despite the government’s recent efforts to integrate dozens of terrorist watch list databases, terrorists may still be slipping through major cracks in homeland defenses by stealing identities and using computers to create fraudulent travel documents, officials told Congress yesterday. Read more at:,10801,85606,00.html Article formerly posted at

New Role for Coast Guard?

Rumsfeld is said to prefer that the Coast Guard concentrate on its Homeland Security mission, protecting the U.S. coastline while the Navy and other armed forces take over port security and other missions overseas. Further information can be found at Service’s Wartime Function Becomes Focus of Debate Article formerly posted...

Illinois Emergency Operation Center funded

Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that Illinois will receive a $9.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to build a new state-of-the-art State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC). Blagojevich received word of the grant today from Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge. More info at Article...

Public Diplomacy for the Arab & Muslim World report released

The State Dept just released this report of the Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy for the Arab and Muslim World. The report, “Changing Minds, Winning Peace: A New Strategic Direction for U.S. Public Diplomacy in the Arab & Muslim World� was submitted to the House Committee on Appropriations. The...