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A Powerful Message – A 21% Increase to DHS Cyber

If you ever want to know what’s a priority in Washington the old adage, “follow the money” will tell you very quickly. That little phrase holds true again especially when it comes to cyber security and DHS.Yesterday, the...

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Dent’s Mule Skinners & TWIC Cards Get National Attention

In yesterday’s House Homeland Security Committee Hearing with DHS Sec. Napolitano, US Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) questioned the Secretary about TSA requirements for Transportation Workers Identification Credentials (TWIC) cards for workers that serve as mule drivers (aka “mule skinners”)...

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I was RIGHT at the time but…; The updated, Official and DEFINITIVE List of DHS Stimulus ‘gifts’

There is always a danger when you post something to the web. Sometimes you can say something profound or say something really stupid.Sometimes you give facts only to have those same facts change on you and then find...

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DHS IG – FEMA Should Stay

Reports by inspector generals carry a lot of weight in Washington. They point out problems, inefficiencies and improper or illegal behaviors that go on in federal programs or by some of its employees or contractors. While it’s...

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What DHS Got from the Stimulus Bill

Let it never be said that giving out Christmas presents has to happen just one day a year. In fact, it can occur any time the Congress and President are in the spending mood and, boy oh boy,...

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And then there were two: Finish line for the FEMA Administrator Job?

According to the AP’s Eileen Sullivan news story, “Obama’s top choice for FEMA director are Florida, Iowa emergency managers,” the finish line is in sight for the announcement of the next FEMA Administrator. After several weeks of rumors...

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Looking at a Complex Problem – ‘Walking the Talk’

Mary McIntire Peters has posted a concise and well-crafted column in the Management Matters section of Government Executive entitled “Walking the Talk,” profiling the experience and understanding that new DHS Sec. Napolitano brings to what has been an ongoing...

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Another Bad Report Card – Now What?

Last week, the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) released their report card on America’s infrastructure. We got a big fat D.Years of neglect, inattention, over use, lack of resources and more have left us sailing along in a...

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