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    Is Congress Our Number One Threat to Homeland Security?

    Currently, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reports to over 100 committees and subcommittees in Congress. Could you imagine reporting to over 100 bosses? The Heritage Foundation has long advocated for reform of DHS oversight. Because of DHS’s involvement in various sectors in immigration, agriculture, transportation, and disaster assistance, to … More

    Save Our Ships: DHS Should Renew Cargo Waiver

    A waiver implemented by former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Janet Napolitano that has exempted DHS from scanning every piece of cargo that enters the U.S. from international seaports will expire in a few months. We can only hope that her successor, Jeh Johnson, renews this waiver. … More

    Report: U.S. Releases 1 in 3 Illegal Immigrants Convicted of Crimes

    Federal immigration officials last year charged only one of every four “deportable” illegal immigrants and released more than a third of those convicted of crimes, according to a new report based on data from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) itself. ICE agents last year “charged only 195,000 or 25 percent, … More

    DHS Secretary: Breaking the Law Earns Illegal Immigrants “the Right to Be Citizens”

    Last Friday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson broke into the headlines with his claim that unlawful immigrants had “earned the right to be citizens.” That’s a disturbing comment from one of the nation’s chief law enforcement officers. Amnesty, whether it provides some form of legalization or full … More

    Illegal Border Crossings Increasing as Congress Considers Destructive Amnesty

    In case anyone needed more proof that amnesty only encourages more illegal immigration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released its 2013 apprehension numbers that show that southern border apprehensions rose 16 percent last year. While this might seem like the DHS is doing a great job, it actually … More

    Homeland Security Employee Morale Continues to Decline

    For the second straight year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has found itself last among government agencies in terms of job satisfaction. The 2013 “Best Places to Work in Government” listed DHS job satisfaction at 46.8 percent, ranking it last out of 19 agencies. Compare this to NASA, which … More

    Jeh Johnson Confirmed: What’s Next for the DHS Secretary

    President Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Jeh Johnson, has been confirmed by the Senate in a final vote of 78–16. This comes after a swift confirmation from the Homeland Security Committee early this month. The swift and quick confirmation left many with lingering questions. Concerns … More

    New Report Slams TSA Behavior Detection Officers

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Behavior Detection Officers (BDOs), and it is rough, to say the least. The BDO program began in 2007 and has grown to encompass 176 of the 450 airports regulated by the Transportation Security Administration … More

    Holes in Federal Cybersecurity

      Yesterday brought news that the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has found gaps in DHS’s cybersecurity. Politico reports that, according to the IG: [T]he agency for months failed to patch its systems regularly against known cybersecurity threats or scan its networks consistently, in real time, … More

    First Step to Mitigating EMP Threat Is Discussing It

    The InfraGard National ElectroMagnetic Pulse (EMP) Special Interest Group (SIG) will host the event “Mitigating High-Impact Threats to Critical Infrastructure” on December 6. The symposium will focus on EMP and other realistic physical and cyber threats to the U.S. infrastructure, as well as ways to address them. An EMP is … More