Tagged: CRS

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...

Possible U.S. Intervention in Syria: Issues for Congress

  This past Tuesday the Congressional Research Service (CRS) released its newest report, "Possible U.S. Intervention in Syria: Issues for Congress," in response to the deteriorating situation in Syria following the August 21 chemical weapons attack. Faced with an imminent decision regarding U.S. military intervention, Congress is considering the question...

Congressional Research Service on ‘Defining Homeland Security’

Defining Homeland Security: Analysis and Congressional Considerations The Congressional Research Service has released a report entitled, ‘Defining Homeland Security: Analysis and Congressional Considerations’. In an update to an April 3, 2012 report under the same title, the author states that a single definition for “homeland security” still does not exist...

Electoral College: How It Works in Contemporary Presidential Elections

The Congressional Research Service recently released a report in time for the Presidential Election which explains in detail the Electoral College. Entitled,“The Electoral College: How It Works in Contemporary Presidential Elections”, this paper includes the following sections: “Constitutional Origins”; “The Electoral College Today”; “2012 Presidential Election: An Electoral College Timeline”;...

CRS Report: Homegrown Jihadists and U.S. Efforts to Combat the Threat

American Jihadist Terrorism: Combating a Complex Threat Over the last few years it has become increasingly evident that there remains a substantial threat to the U.S. homeland from violent homegrown jihadists. In fact, from May 2009 through October 2011, there were 32 arrests of homegrown, radicalized jihadists, who all had...

CRS Examines DHS Programs Targeting Criminal Aliens

The Congressional Research Services (CRS) turns its attention to programs targeting criminal aliens. Since 1986 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its predecessor agency have made the identification and deportation of serious criminal aliens a priority. Despite the significant growth in programs targeting criminal aliens since 2005, enumerating the...