As part of the effort to recognize the DHS ten year anniversary, I recently sat down with my colleagues to discuss some of the recent milestones at FEMA and the agency’s priorities moving forward. Some of the examples we talk about are from recent events, including Hurricane Sandy.
Ten years ago, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began its operations, unifying 22 legacy agencies within a single department with a common mission: to safeguard America and integrate our Nation’s capabilities to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from threats and disasters of all kinds.
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will deliver the third annual “State of America’s Homeland Security” address during an event hosted by the Brookings Institution.
I had the privilege of administering the Oath of Allegiance to 50 new U.S. citizens on the 281st birthday of our first president, George Washington. The ceremony took place at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens in Alexandria, Va. Today’s event was the high point of a week-long celebration of special ceremonies in recognition of Presidents’ Day. From Feb. 15-22, USCIS welcomed more than 19,000 new citizens in 135 ceremonies across the country
President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order (EO) on cybersecurity and a Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) on critical infrastructure security and resilience. These two actions will strengthen the security and resilience of critical infrastructure against all hazards through an updated and overarching national framework that acknowledges the increased role of cybersecurity in securing physical assets.
Earlier today at the White House, I met with law enforcement leaders from across the country to discuss the need for comprehensive immigration reform— the single best step we can take to enhance border security, and enable our officers and agents along the border to spend the bulk of their time focused on public safety and national security threats.
Originally posted by The White House