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Candor and Communications – Chicago Style

Greetings from sunny and very warm Chicago where the first ever, DHS Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) National Conference is underway. With more than 500+ attendees assembled at the Chicago Hilton, the program has assembled first responders, emergency...

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Four for Four – Show Time Questions for Four DHS Nominees

This Wednesday, April 22, 2009 four senior DHS nominees (Craig Fugate to be Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator; John T. Morton to be U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assistant Secretary; Ivan Fong to be DHS General Counsel;...

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Ignorance & Poor Word Choices

Every now and then a “no-win situation” can be made worse by what a person says, how they say it, or what they do not say at all. This is the situation facing DHS following a recently...

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The Second Most Powerful Position on the Planet – Part 2

As a people, Americans have long harbored suspicions with any one holding too much power. We believe in and hold fast to a checks and balance system, but in a world whose operations function faster than the speed...

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The Second Most Powerful Position on the Planet – Part 1

With the introduction of legislation by Sens. Rockefeller and Snowe and the full thumbs up support of the Obama Administration, it is a foregone conclusion that some type of executive authority position overseeing cybersecurity will be established. Taking...

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Super Powers for Cyber Czar

Building off of many of the recommendations of the recently issued CSIS study, Sens. Rockefeller (D-WV) and Snowe (R-ME) are preparing to introduce legislation to establish the Office of the National Cybersecurity Adviser which would report directly to the...

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A Good Day for Congressional Oversight

Today's House Homeland Security Appropriations subcommittee hearing on "Priorities Enforcing Immigration Law" got off to a delayed and roaring thud. After delaying the start of the hearing by 30 minutes due to anticipated floor votes, Chairman David Price started...

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A “Fein” Knock Out Over Fusion Centers – News & Notes from the Hearing

There is always a danger whenever you put something in writing - your words may come back and haunt you or be used against you. Such was the case of Bruce Fein, one of the witnesses at today’s...

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Legacy Beyond Nassau

One of the greatest rewards in life is the people you meet and the things they teach you along the way. I’ve been more than fortunate throughout my career to work with some amazing people. They have...

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An American Success Story

On Friday, March 27, 2009 an amazing tenure at DHS will conclude. Al Martinez-Fonts’ services as the Assistant Secretary for the Private Sector will end and he will return to where he came from, the private sector. ...

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