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Jun 29

As we approach Independence Day, DHS will be highlighting the dedicated service to our nation of employees from across the Department. Check this page throughout the week for first-hand accounts from employees who have shared why they serve.

Jun 29

On Tuesday, June 23, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson met with Chinese Customs Minister Yu Guangzhou to further their April 2015 discussion in Beijing on a range of homeland security-related priorities. Tuesday’s meeting resulted in the joint signing of a Declaration of Principles, which will increase China’s customs security through the Container Security Initiative (CSI) and highlighted the importance of international customs partnerships. Later that day, Secretary Johnson issued a statement congratulating Vice Admiral and current Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Peter Neffenger on his Senate confirmation to be the next Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Secretary Johnson said, “I have utmost faith in Pete Neffenger, and I am confident he will be a strong leader of TSA.”

Jun 29

As part of our efforts to share timely and actionable cyber threat information with the private sector, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has expanded the Enhanced Cybersecurity Services (ECS) program beyond those entities classified as “critical infrastructure” to all interested U.S.-based public and private organizations. ECS solves a difficult challenge for the U.S. government:  sometimes, the government has information so sensitive that the information is classified. If information is classified, we cannot share it broadly with the private sector to let companies protect themselves.

Jun 26

Swearing-in ceremonyU.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) welcomed 24 refugees from 10 countries as they were sworn in as new U.S. citizens on June 20 at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, TX. World Refugee Day is observed on June 20 each year, and was established in 2001, the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.

Jun 26

For the Sixth year in a row, the Department of Homeland Security has earned top scores on the Small Business Administration’s Annual Small Business Procurement Scorecard.  The DHS Small Business Program continues to be one of the Department’s flagship procurement initiatives. I am proud of our track record, and this year we did even better with an “A+,” the highest possible score. The Department is the only agency to receive a grade of “A” six years in a row, and is the largest Federal agency to ever receive a score of “A+.”

Jun 26

Today’s terrorist attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait are a reminder of the evolving global terrorist threats. We stand in support of the people of those countries and mourn the loss of those killed.

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