Tagged: DHS

A Consolidated DHS Will Improve Functionality and Generate Savings

The U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs released a recent report evaluating the fiscal sense in completing the St. Elizabeths Project. Please read the full report here: “Security and Savings: The Importance of Consolidating the Department of Homeland Security’s Headquarters at St. Elizabeths.”  The St. Elizabeths Project is...

Latest OIG Report Highlights Mismanagement of Medical Resources in “Pandemic Preparation”

Severe disease pandemic can disrupt the security and stability of the United States, and it is essential to be prepared for such an event. Many quarantine and disease preparedness programs have been reviewed lately in light of the Ebola outbreak in Africa. On August 26, 2014, the Department of Homeland...

Make Your Voice Heard With S&T’s Visionary Goals

On August 27, the Department of Homeland Security‘s research and development team, the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), opened up the idea/thinking “Collaboration Community” to all. This page, “S&T’s Visionary Goals” posted on the DHS website will be open for comments until September 7, 2014. S&T invites the community to ponder...

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...

DHS Addresses “Evolving Landscape” of Homeland Security Threats in 2014 QHSR

Four years ago, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the first Quadrennial Homeland Security Review which laid out “the vision, five mission areas, and goals and objectives for homeland security.” This week, DHS released its second quadrennial review which sets DHS’ homeland security goals for the next four years....

DHS Report Describes “Key Threats and Hazards” to U.S. Critical Infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released a report on the status of U.S. critical infrastructure titled, “Sector Risk Snapshots.” This compendium “provides a brief overview and risk profile of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors, the Education, Electric, and Oil and Natural Gas Subsectors, and the seven Transportation...

Senate Subcommittee Releases Investigation Report of Former DHS Acting IG

In early 2013, the Senate Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight received numerous whistleblower allegations of misconduct against DHS Acting Inspector General [IG] and Deputy Inspector General, Charles Edwards. In response to these allegations, the Subcommittee initiated an investigation of Mr. Edwards in June 2013 and released its final report...

DHS Releases 2013 National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP)

Following the February 2013 issuance of Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21) that called for an update to the 2009 National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released its newest plan: “NIPP 2013: Partnering for Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience.” The Plan “outlines how government and...

Whistleblowers Point to DHS Employees for Overtime Abuse

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) has released a letter detailing the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) routine abuse of a form of DHS specific overpay to the expense of up to $9 million annually. This overtime pay, known as Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime, or AUO, can be invoked by...