On January 8, the White House made a long-overdue call to Silicon Valley. The topic: to meet and collaborate on how extremist groups are using social media platforms in recruiting followers and encouraging violence.
During the President’s address to the nation on December 6, he said what has not been said since the attacks on 9/11. A terrorist attack occurred on American soil. This simple statement is a big deal. Here’s why.
Donald Trump’s latest policy bombshell – a proposal to bar all Muslims from entering the United States – is going to be interpreted by many Muslims as an insult, which is exactly what those responsible for America’s security do not want or need at this stage.
By Bradley Saull
The announcement this year that TSA is moving their headquarters from Pentagon City in Arlington to Alexandria left many people familiar with DHS asking the same question: what about the DHS headquarters consolidation project at St. Elizabeths in Washington?
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.
DHS recently proposed a rule on Freedom of Information Act regulations and concluded that “this rule does not impose additional costs on the public or the government.” I take exception to the fact that DHS has not been able to quantify any costs or benefits to the public or the government for at least two reasons.
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that gives individuals the right to access information from the federal government; however, some agencies are doing a better job at responding to requests than others. I am currently part of the DHS FOIA backlog.
As much as I like Mel Carraway, it is difficult to disagree with DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson’s decision to reassign Carraway, the (now former) acting TSA Administrator. The news reports of an Inspector General (IG) investigation finding serious problems in TSA screening processes were difficult to ignore. A good man – one whom I am 100% convinced does not condone sloppy security procedures – was sacrificed to set an example to the rest of the agency.
DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson announced at the 2015 RSA Conference that DHS is opening a satellite office in Silicon Valley. His words were vague, leading to questions of why DHS is setting up this office and with whom the Department will be working. Perhaps a more pressing question is, what makes DHS think Silicon Valley wants to work with the federal government in the first place?