DHS weighs dropping color-coded alert system – GovExec

The Homeland Security Department has proposed to drop the color-coded terror alert system implemented after the Sept. 11 attacks, and replace it with more descriptive text-based alerts.

The Associated Press reports that Obama administration officials confirmed that DHS had proposed to discontinue the rainbow-colored system, which ranges from green (signaling a low danger of attack) to red (warning of a severe threat). Other federal agencies are reviewing the recommendation and responding to it.