Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Chemical Facility Safety and Security: A Shared Commitment

In August 2013, the Obama Administration issued Executive Order (EO) 13650: “Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security” that aims to “improve the safety and security of chemical facilities and reduce the risks of hazardous chemicals to facility workers and operators, communities, and responders.” To identify the ways in which improvements...

U.S. Port Security Not Watertight, Says GAO Audit

This month, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report stating that the U.S. Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security have not yet done enough to address cybersecurity concerns in the maritime port environment. The report, addressed to the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation...

RAND Report Argues that al Qaeda is Still a “Persistent Threat” to U.S. Security

Since concerted and comprehensive counterterrorism efforts were launched by the United States following the 9/11 attacks, many military officials and policymakers have asserted that terrorism, specifically Salafi Jihadism exhibited by al Qaeda and like groups, has been on the decline. Some have gone on as far as stating that “al...

US Cybercrime: On the Rise

Together with the United States Secret Service, CSO magazine, and the CERT Division of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University the PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) published the “2014 US State of Cybercrime Survey“, an annual survey of cybercrime trends. This study reveals that cybercrime is on the rise and most...

Climate Change Building Steam: EPA, President Obama Join Forces to Sweep Existing Power Plants

Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), at the direction of President Obama, released the Clean Power Plan proposal to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants, which is deemed the largest source of carbon pollution in the United States. The proposal comes almost one year after the President released a...

CBP Releases Updated Use of Force Policy Handbook

Following a series of external reviews of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) use of force policies, CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske released last week a revised version of CBP’s “Use of Force Policy, Guidelines and Procedures Handbook.” The updates to the handbook were driven in large part by...

EPA Adds New Indicators in Updated Climate Change Report

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released today the 2014 update of its ongoing report, “Climate Change Indicators in the United States.” The report maintains that the Earth’s climate is indeed changing and that there are 30 main indicators of that change in the United States. The report’s discussion of...

Energizing the Economy: White House Report Details Path to Sustainable Growth

Today, the White House released a report, “An All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy as a Path to Sustainable Economic Growth,” which discusses President Obama’s strategy for the domestic energy sector and the transformations that have taken place since the President took office. Meeting the challenges of climate change and securing sustainable cost...

VA Inspector General Finds 1,700 Veterans “Forgotten or Lost” Within Healthcare System

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released today an Interim report that investigates allegations of “gross mismanagement…and criminal misconduct” by VA officials at the Phoenix Health Care System (PHCS). Allegations reported to the OIG Hotline indicated that the mismanagement and misconduct...

How Safe are our Federal Properties and Employees?

On May 21st, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released the testimony of Mark Goldstein, Director of Physical Infrastructure Team, which informed on the work of the Federal Protective Service (FPS), a component of the Department of Homeland Security. Goldstein’s remarks constitute one of four testimonies heard at the May 21,...