Mr. Nie Sieng sacrificed his life fighting alongside the UnitedStates and its allies against the North Vietnamese Communist forces and communism during the Vietnam War. Mr. Nie Sieng’s pursuit of the basic notions of human rights and his loyalty to the American forces throughout the Vietnam War is detailed in the attached “Certificate of Achievement.” Mr. Nie Sieng has escaped to the UnitedStates in hopes of staying alive. He is a fascinating individual with an indomitable spirit, and would be an invaluable asset to the UnitedStates.
The U.S. has ignored this advisory. Indeed, on July 12, 2011, the Department of HomelandSecurity (DHS) deported an undisclosed number of individuals to Haiti, bringing the total number of Haitians removed since January 2011 to at least 75. Moreover, although DHS’s official policy purports to limit removals to dangerous individuals with “significant criminal records,” and requires DHS to consider individual equities in effectuating removal, 3 DHS continues to have no procedure to assess whether Haitian nationals have special protection needs that warrant the deprioritization of their deportation. Nor has DHS been willing to provide NGOs with the information they would need to assist individual Haitians in presenting their equities for consideration. As a result, DHS has already removed several Haitian nationals with minor criminal convictions, family ties in the UnitedStates, medical conditions that cannot be adequately treated in Haiti, and other equities in disregard of the joint advisory of the UNHCR.
Information sharing on foreign nationals at ports of entry and along the land and maritime borders is primarily the responsibility of the CBP Office of Field Operations, U.S. Border Patrol, ICE HSI, ICE ERO, the Coast Guard, and the USCIS Asylum Division. These components have legal authority and access to biometric and biographic data systems necessary to decide who is admitted or denied admission to the UnitedStates, apprehended and placed in immigration or criminal proceedings, or ultimately removed from the UnitedStates. As the December 2010 GAO report noted, many task forces, joint operations, and working groups led by ICE and CBP play a fundamental role in information sharing on foreign nationals and could be better coordinated. We reached the same
Our review was conducted in accordance with attestation standards established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and applicable standards contained in Government Auditing Standards, issued by the Comptroller General of the UnitedStates. A review is substantially less in scope than an examination, the objective of which is the expression of an opinion on the Detailed Accounting Submission. Accordingly, we do not express such an opinion.
We have audited the consolidated balance sheet of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a component of the U.S. Department of HomelandSecurity (DHS), as of September 30, 2009 and the related consolidated statements of net cost, changes in net position, and the combined statement of budgetary resources (hereinafter referred to as “consolidated financial statements”) for the year then ended. In planning and performing our audit of the consolidated financial statements of ICE, in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the UnitedStates of America, we considered ICE’s internal control over financial reporting (internal control) as a basis for designing our auditing procedures for the purpose of expressing our opinion on the consolidated financial statements but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of ICE’s internal control. Accordingly, we do not express an opinion on the effectiveness of ICE’s internal control.
The Strategy recommends that the UnitedStates provide knowledge, training, and other resources to countries seeking to build technical and cybersecurity capacity. In addition, the UnitedStates should continue to develop and regularly share international cybersecurity best practices with its international partners. Further, the DHS International Strategic Framework requires the Department to build internal communication and coordination mechanisms to ensure that it promotes the development of a global security environment and adequately and appropriately responds to foreign government requests for partnership and assistance.
There is widespread concern among policymakers and public health experts about the possibility of a worldwide pandemic outbreak. In preparation for dealing with a pandemic scenario in the UnitedStates, several national plans have been released by the HomelandSecurity Council (HSC), Department of HomelandSecurity (DHS), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and other organizations. Many of these national plans identify telecommuting as a key component of the national response to a pandemic influenza. Despite increasing adoption of telecommuting as a normal method of business, the technical feasibility of widespread telecommuting given the existing infrastructure is not well established. In particular, businesses may not be prepared to handle the surge in telecommuting traffic and telecommuters may face congestion when competing for network resources due to an increase in recreational users and children home from school.
identification card as a WHTI-compliant border crossing document. In the WHTI NPRM, DHS included a specific discussion of its ongoing efforts with Washington State regarding the issuance and use of an EDL as a WHTI-compliant document. EDLs can only be issued to U.S. citizens since the EDL would serve as the functional equivalent of a passport or passport card at land and sea border crossings. In addition, EDLs must also incorporate the technology specified by DHS to facilitate the legitimate movement of travelers through land and sea ports of entry. With respect to other holders of REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses or identification cards, any assumption that lawful status as defined for REAL ID purposes equates to a right to reenter the UnitedStates is incorrect. For example, applicants for adjustment of status typically must obtain advance parole in order to depart the UnitedStates and lawfully return. DHS has decided not to incorporate requirements necessary for a WHTI-compliant document into the REAL ID rulemaking at this time.
The domain name registration system is entirely automated. There is no human intervention into the process. Because many words have multiple meanings and combinations of words can be used for both legitimate and illegitimate purposes, no domain names are automatically prohibited from registration. As mentioned above, Go Daddy registers a domain name once every second or less. This makes it virtually impossible for a human to verify the legitimate use of every domain name registration, particularly on an ongoing basis. Thus, we have developed a notification system for reporting instances of all types of network abuse, including online pharmacies, to our Network Abuse Department.
The report contains seven recommendations aimed at improving personal property management in the UnitedStates Coast Guard. Your office concurred with six of the recommendations and partially concurred with the seventh recommendation. As prescribed by the Department of HomelandSecurity Directive 077-01, Follow-Up and Resolution for the Office of Inspector General Report Recommendations, within 90 days of the date of this memorandum, please provide our office with a written response that includes your (1) agreement or disagreement, (2) corrective action plan, and (3) target completion date for each recommendation. Also, please include responsible parties and any other supporting documentation necessary to inform us about the current status of the recommendation. Until your response is received and evaluated, the
appraisals of US cold war civil defence consider that it was not just nuclear kitsch (Preston, 2012, p.29), but was a totalizing societal phenomenon during this period. Depictions of the US of this time as a 'civic garrison' (Grossman, 2001) or a 'militarised' society (McEnaney, 2000) consider that civil defence was universal and pervasive, a key component of national security. At a macro level, it is argued, the state imposed civil defence onto an acquiescent, population, which permeated every aspect of life at a micro level. In some areas of education, there is support for this position. Grossman (2001) shows how the FCDA (Federal Civil Defense Administration) had a major influence on research universities, directing them towards nuclear and civil defence activities. Brown (1988) considers that, rather than the top-down nature of civil defence, it was actually the actions of teachers and educators who wanted to introduce the bomb into the classroom until ultimately ‘Civil defense became a way of life in American schools’ (Brown, 1988, p.90). Science education was revolutionized and basic science (albeit in an ideological fashion) became an integral part of educational curricular (Rudolph, 2002). Outside of the academic sphere, Conelrad.com, a remarkable website dedicated to the preservation and rediscovery of cold war culture, refers to civil defence in the 1950s and 1960s as a 'golden age of homelandsecurity'. The cold war even influenced visual culture and media in the USA ( Bassnett, Nobile and Phu, 2015). In the institutional memories of agencies such as FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and the DHS (Department of HomelandSecurity) the period has become an iconic period of American preparedness where education and security were closely entwined.
to CBRNE terrorism. In October 2001, while Dr. Edwards was director of the Office of Emergency Services, the Wall Street Journal called San José the “best prepared city in the UnitedStates” for disasters. She represented emergency management on the five night “Bio-War” series on ABC’s “Nightline with Ted Koppel” in October 1999. She has been a member of the Stanford University Working Group on Chemical and Biological Warfare, the Department of Justice’s Executive Session on Domestic Preparedness at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine MMRS Review Committee, and the California Seismic Safety Commission. Dr. Edward’s publications include Mercury News op-eds on homelandsecurity, NATO and Terrorism: Catastrophic Terrorism and First Responders with Dr. Steinhausler, Saving City Lifelines with Brian Jenkins, and chapters in ICMA’s Emergency Management, HomelandSecurity Law and Policy, First to Arrive, Handbook of Crisis and Disaster Management, The New Terror; entries in WMD Encyclopedia, over 25 articles in journals, and professional papers at more than 35 conferences. She was named Public Official of the Year 2002 by Governing Magazine, and one of the “Power 100 of Silicon Valley” by San José Magazine.
Currently, Privacy Act forms given to applicants to the Airmen Registry state that disclosure of the Social Security number is voluntary. Therefore, although the FAA Airmen Registry application form provides space for the applicant to provide his or her Social Security number, FAA does not require applicants to provide it. When an applicant does not enter a Social Security number, a control number is automatically created. Of the nearly 750,000 active airman records that contain a potentially valid Social Security number, more than 15,000 records do not match SSA’s name, Social Security number, gender, or date of birth records. In more than 8,000 additional records, the name, Social Security number, gender, and date of birth match SSA’s records; however, SSA indicates that those individuals are deceased. If FAA does not collect and validate Social Security number information for all applicable registrants, it is easier for
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton requested that we review the effectiveness of the Department of Homeland Security’s award fee process as it relates to successful acquisition outcomes. This report addresses the award fees that U.S. Customs and Border Protection paid to Chenega Technology Services Corporation for enforcement equipment maintenance and field operations support. Our objectives were to determine whether (1) the selected contract type was suitable; (2) Customs and Border Protection paid award fees based on contractor excellence; and (3) Customs and Border Protection had adequate expertise to develop a performance-based contract with expedited negotiating procedures. Through
Based on HomelandSecurity Presidential Directive-5 (Bush 2003), all public agencies that want to be eligible for federal disaster preparedness assistance funding must use NIMS for managing the event (DHS 2004 and Edwards 2007, 35). Therefore, most local and state governments and many large universities have adopted the NIMS format for their Emergency Operations Plans (EOP). Examples of municipalities adopting the NIMS format include the Emergency Operations Plans of the City of San José and the City and County of San Francisco, which are available for view on each city's website. These are based on the State of California Office of Emergency Services model Emergency Operations Center (EOC) checklists that are available at the state website. However, the State checklists place the Transportation Unit within the Logistics Section, focused on rolling stock. Field level experience has caused both San José and San Francisco to place Transportation within the Operations Section as well, because of the key role that transportation infrastructure, such as roadways, highways and bridges, plays in emergency operations.
situated after the conduct of hostilities. In his analysis of Dutch participation in civil- military activities with the people and institutions of Afghanistan, Rietjens concluded that the cooperative actions taken by both Dutch and Afghan parties were necessary and successful. However, it required an environment akin to a natural disaster in order for local participation to reach a level of participation that could achieve a measure of self- sustainment. 93 Rietjens described effective civil-military operation as a response to a complex emergency. He believed that the strategy for civil-military cooperation should be developed as if a country were responding to a natural disaster. His theory further suggests that security cooperation activities are an intervention to be used after combat has subsided rather than a developmental peace-keeping strategy implemented before combat ensues. Linking the Dutch military response to the Afghan civil structure and focusing on the cooperative actions between the Dutch and the Afghans kept his case study rooted in the basic activities that define security cooperation and again was based on the misuse of the definition of security cooperation. 94
OUR PROPOSAL: First, the President must support the DNI and prevent others in Congress or in his own Administration from eroding the DNI’s budget or personnel power. Second, the DNI should recruit, train, and clear intelligence officers and analysts with the language skills and cultural background to penetrate hard targets, including Islamist terrorists groups, Iran, and North Korea. This will require establishing a multi-tier security clearance system, so that patriotic
A Hardship License is a special license issued to a minor fourteen (14) or fifteen (15) years of age. This special class of license shall be restricted to operation of a Class D (passenger vehicle) or Class M (motor-driven cycle) vehicle. This license shall be valid for use in daylight hours only. Travel to authorized locations will be specified by the Department of Safety and HomelandSecurity along with any restrictions deemed appropriate by the Department and set forth in
That said, having executives with knowledge and experi- ence in multiple agencies is not only crucial during crises and emergencies; it is just as essential in day-to-day coor- dination and problem solving, because of the interdepen- dencies inherent in government work. The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the Food and Drug Administration, for example, both have primary responsibility for certain aspects of food safety and thus must frequently work with each other, as well as with the 13 other agencies that have a role in food safety. Similarly, the DOD, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) all play major roles in health care, and often have to interact and coordinate efforts. The same goes for the VA and the Department of Housing and Ur- ban Development on the issue of veterans’ homelessness, and the various financial regulatory agencies on issues