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May 22

The Law Enforcement United Bike Riders kick off their 800-mile, 8-day bike ride Celebrating the U.S. Coast Guard Academy class of 2015. This year’s commencement speaker was President Barack Obama. As one of the smallest of the five federal service academies, the Coast Guard Academy offers a quality higher education experience that emphasizes leadership, physical fitness and professional development. Cadets devote themselves to an honor concept and go directly into positions of leadership in service to others.

May 22

On May 21, 2015, the Association of Government Accountants announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was awarded its second Certificate in Excellence in Accountability Reporting Award and the Best-in-Class Summary of Performance for providing clear insight into the Department’s spending and program performance. I want to congratulate the employees across the Department and specifically the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, who have worked so hard to prepare our annual agency financial report.

May 22

On May 22nd, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) held its 30th annual ceremony honoring FLETC basic academy graduates and local area law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.  

May 20

Yesterday, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas concluded a two-day trip to New Orleans where he participated in a series of workforce engagements with the U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel.

May 19

I commend the work of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California, the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service to bring criminal charges against 14 baggage handlers and co-conspirators, for circumventing TSA checkpoints and illegally transporting drugs across the country.

May 19

Today, Congress passed H.R. 2252, a bill that ensures fair treatment for our dedicated Border Patrol personnel. After the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014 passed last year, the Office of Personnel Management advised DHS that the bill required certain legacy pay mechanisms for our personnel to end before the intended replacement regime could fully come into effect. This was contrary to the intent of the legislation, and I directed the Department to take all legally allowable actions to mitigate the impact on our Agents. Among other steps, we worked with Congress, in a spirit of bipartisanship, to clarify the law in order to protect our Agents from financial hardship.

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