States Praise DHS’s New Management, Engagement | Security Management

In the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) post-Hurricane Katrina years under the Bush administration, state officials cited renewed engagement by their agency partners who worked with them directly at the regional level.

States remained less impressed, however, with their DHS partners in the nation’s capital, who they said still took a closed-door, dictatorial approach to issues like grant management, handing down strict guidelines from on high while ignoring or disregarding states’ needs and wants.

That has begun to change under the Obama administration, according to a report by Deb Weinstein, a student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, assigned to the Medill News Service bureau in Washington, DC.