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Moving FEMA out of Homeland Security could pose risks

Ever since the Federal Emergency Management Agency was absorbed into the Homeland Security Department after its creation in 2003, bureaucrats and elected officials have debated the merits of that decision. After weighing the arguments for and against making FEMA...

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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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Water Sector Develops First Voluntary Security Snapshot

The water infrastructure sector’s information sharing and analysis center (ISAC) became the first industry sector to release metrics on its security performance at the very end of last year, setting a standard for other industry councils to follow.“Until now,...

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JMAR Technologies Hires Homeland Security Consulting Firm

WASHINGTON, D. C. BASED COMPANY A PERFECT FIT FOR JMAR’S PRODUCTSSan Diego, California - JMAR Technologies, Inc., today announced they have retained Catalyst Partners, a leading Homeland Security consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. JMAR’s portfolio of advanced military...

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Working Harder, Not Smarter on Cargo Security

With the best of intentions, the United States Congress approved the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 on August 3, 2007, which mandates 100% screening of ALL air cargo traveling on passenger aircraft by 2010.You might...

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New Identity in the Offing for House Homeland Security Committee

During the 110th Congress, senior lawmakers such as Edward J. Markey, Nita M. Lowey and Jim Langevin were just a few of the high profile Democrats who served on the House Homeland Security Committee.But the Northeastern trio won’t be...

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Lobbyists want to contribute, too

This column originally appeared in The Hill newspaper – view the original version here. Have you ever flipped through the TV on a lazy Sunday and caught yourself getting into a sermon on the gospel channel? Me too. Before...

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Making Water Security More Newsworthy

As a homeland security consultant with clients that provide technologies for the protection of potable water, I try to Google “water security” at least once a week. For some time now, I have noticed that this search term...

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