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    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

    The Obama Doctrine’s Misleading Rhetoric on Terrorism

    Despite the Obama Administration’s narrative, the al-Qaeda network and its radical ideology pose an unbroken and significant danger to the United States homeland and its interests. For nearly a year, the Obama Administration, including current Homeland Security Secretary nominee Jeh Johnson, claimed that the core of al-Qaeda is “degraded, disorganized … More

    Homeland Security Overtime Abuse Costs Taxpayers Millions

    U.S. special counsel Carolyn N. Lerner sent a letter to President Obama and Congress last week detailing overtime abuses at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that cost taxpayers potentially tens of millions of dollars annually. Six DHS offices alone are costing the taxpayers approximately $8.7 million annually. Under federal … More

    The Questions the New DHS Nominee Should Answer

    The nomination of Jeh Johnson to be the new Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will give Senators the opportunity to ask key questions about the Administration’s enforcement (or lack thereof) of federal immigration laws. Johnson served as the general counsel for the Department of Defense from 2009 … More

    Aviation Security: Defending U.S. Passenger Airplanes Is as Important as Ever

      Terrorists may have attempted a hijacking “dry run” onboard a recent flight from Washington, D.C., to Orlando. According to news sources, four men engaged in disruptive behavior seemingly designed to distract flight crew members. The incident reminds us that terrorists still view commercial aviation as a potential target, and … More

    Immigration Reform: Empty Border Security Metrics Still Wrong

    With the end of the government shutdown last week, President Obama is trying to pivot back to immigration in the hopes of passing amnesty during this Congress. The Senate has already passed an incredibly flawed bill that makes lots of promises but ultimately guarantees nothing but amnesty. Now the House … More

    Power Politics over Homeland Security: 12 Years Past the Time to Reform

    More than 12 years after 9/11, Congress still isn’t listening to calls for critical homeland security reform. The latest comes from the Aspen Institute, which once again urged Congress last week to implement the final recommendation of the 9/11 commission: simplifying congressional oversight of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). … More