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Happy Anniversary, Coasties

On August 4, 1790, the U.S. Congress authorized then-Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton to create a maritime service to enforce customs laws. President George Washington signed this bill, creating the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

Open Letter to Joseph Kolb and Fox News – What’s In A Name?

Dear Fox News’ Joseph Kolb: How long will it take before you realize that Border Patrol agents and CBP’s Office of Field Operations officers are NOT the same thing? On Friday night, July 31, you published a story that gets them mixed up. You need to fix this and offer an apology.

Inconsistent Wait Time Data from DHS

DHS needs a uniform policy across all components on disseminating high quality, objective data that provides utility to all who use it. The data needs to be transparent and reproducible. With regards to the collecting and posting of wait times, much work is still needed across at least three agencies: CBP, TSA and USCIS.

DHS Policy on Customer Service Data

In an era where the public and private sectors alike are using data analytics to better understand and manage resources, DHS’ stance on making customer service compliment and complaint data publicly available is frustrating. This is a missed opportunity, as public access to analyze and learn from this data would improve our national economy, especially the travel and tourism industries.

Smart Action from CBP on Cross-Border Shipments and REST Act

Members of Congress recently re-introduced the Residue Entries and Streamlining Trade (REST) Act, and at issue were requirements on getting empty containers back into the United States. CBP should be applauded for a policy on delaying these additional requirements.

White House to Nominate Admiral Neffenger to Lead TSA

Rumors have been swirling around the homeland security community for the past three weeks that U.S. Coast Guard Vice Admiral Pete Neffenger would be named to lead the Transportation Security Administration. Today, the White House made it official.

Obama Taps Emanuel for TSA! NSA Monitors S&T! SJL Releases New Book! Really?!?

In Security Debrief’s sixth annual April Fools coverage, we’ve collected stories the rest of the media somehow missed…

DHS IG Talks on CNN Over CBP UAV Program

The public debate is raging over whether Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehciles (UAVs) are the right tool for monitoring the U.S. border. DHS Inspector General John Roth spoke to CNN’s Drew Griffin about his office’s recent report that criticized the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) UAV program

DHS Inspector General John Roth on CBP UAVs

This morning, Tom Temin interviewed DHS Inspector General John Roth about the report his office issued, which severely criticizes the DHS CBP Office of Air & Marine’s use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for border surveillance purposes.

DHS Inspector General Says CBP Drone Program is of “Dubious” Benefit

DHS Inspector General John Roth dropped a powerful present on the front doorstep of Customs and Border Protection on Christmas Eve. News of the report is just coming out this week. It is about time a DHS official questioned the outrageous cost of the Office of Air & Marine’s (OAM) use of unmanned aerial vehicles.