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May 29

WASHINGTON— Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced today the United States intends to enter into negotiations to expand air preclearance operations to ten new foreign airports, located in nine separate countries: Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United Kingdom. If negotiations are successful, preclearance – where each traveler undergoes immigration, customs, and agriculture inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) before boarding a direct flight to the United States– could be completed before departure from these foreign airports rather than upon arrival in the U.S. Expanding the preclearance program is both a security imperative – enabling CBP to stop potential threats before they arrive on US soil – as well as a strong economic opportunity.

May 28

NEW YORK — Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson met with Malaysian Minister of Home Affairs Dato’ Seri Ahmad Zahid Bin Hamidi to discuss a range of homeland security-related priorities ahead of the United Nations Interior Ministerial Security Council Open Briefing on Countering Foreign Terrorist Fighters to review progress implementing UN Security Council Resolution 2178.

May 28

On May 28- June 1, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas will travel to Berlin to co-chair the Security Cooperation Group, the bilateral forum with the German Federal Ministry of the Interior that oversees cooperation between the Ministry and DHS. He will continue to Dresden to attend the meeting of the Interior Ministers of the European Union Group of 6 (France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, and the UK).

May 27

MANHATTAN, KS – Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today broke ground to officially begin construction of the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) main laboratory structure in Manhattan, Kansas.

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 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.

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