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Why is the President Threatening to Veto the New Defense Budget…Again?

By Mike Martin
This year marked the eighth consecutive year in which President Obama has threatened to veto the annual defense budget legislation. It leads one to wonder, why exactly were House Republicans so adamant about passing through this bill, and what has led the White House to be so against it? Here are few reasons.

TSA Blame Game Runs Wild But Effective Solutions Are Scarce

The announcement that TSA replaced former Assistant Administrator for Security Operations Kelly Hoggan got a lot of national attention. It might lead one to conclude that the recent “blame and shame” efforts of some members of Congress threatening TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger’s tenure in office had worked. If anyone came to that conclusion, however, they would be wrong.

Is TSA the Only One to Blame for Security Wait Times?

By Mike Martin
Checkpoint wait times at U.S. airports continue to grow, but TSA may not be the only to blame. Since 2009, the volume of air travelers has increased faster than TSA’s funding, and unfunded congressional mandates are taxing TSA’s already insufficient budget.

Complaints Against TSA? Let Them Know!

If you have a complaint about how you were treated or concerning long processing times when going through TSA airport security checkpoints, complain! Data shows a 900% increase in complaints against TSA since 2015. Keep it up, travelers.

For U.S. Infrastructure, Flint was the Beginning, DC Metro is Act Two

the National Capitol Region will come to an almost practical halt in the middle of a busy work week because the entire subway network is being shut down for emergency inspections of its third-rail power system. The public of this system are a reflecting mirror indicative of our overall national infrastructure status and investment.

Clinton Indictment Watch – SAP Found on Home Server

On Tuesday, several media outlets reported that Intelligence Community Inspector General sent a letter to Congress regarding Sec. Hillary Clinton stored documents on her home server that were classified “Special Access Program.”

As Drone Use Grows, Reps Eye Threat from Bioterrorism

The recent House Homeland Security Committee’s hearing on the threat from bioterrorism raised the troubling threat that drones could be used to deliver deadly pathogens. Do we have the tools to detect biological agents and the drones that might carry them? Nope.

Biodefense Blue Ribbon Panel Report Sends Strong Messages – Is Anyone Listening?

The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense recently released its report following a year-long study of how America can and should address biological threats. It deserves serious attention by policy makers, health practitioners and political pundits. Why? Because the threat and impact of a biological “event” is not receiving sufficient attention.

The Intense Personalization of Caring

Everywhere I turn, I get the sense that people are thinking, “If I cannot control it, I don’t worry about it.” When I read the latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, I wondered if DHS employees are expressing the same “why-should-I-care” messages that I have been hearing across the country.

A Congressional Hearing ‘Do-Over’ Done Very Well

A few weeks back, I recommended that the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies have a “do-over” of a hearing where the subject was private sector interaction with DHS S&T. The reason I recommended this was because the most successful private sector program at S&T – the SAFETY Act implementation – was never mentioned. On July 28, the same Subcommittee held that “do-over.”