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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.

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.

May 18

On May 20, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson will travel to New London, Conn., where he will join President Barack Obama and U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft at the 134th Commencement Exercises of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

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