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Written testimony of S&T Under Secretary, OHA Assistant Secretary, and DNDO Director for a House Committee on Homeland Security joint subcommittee hearing titled “Weapons of Mass Destruction: Bolstering DHS to Combat Persistent Threats to America”

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Under Secretary  Dr. Reginald Brothers, Office of Health Affairs (OHA) Assistant Secretary and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kathryn Brinsfield, and Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Director Dr. Huban Gowadia address DHS’ work to strengthen departmental unity of effort with regard to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive threats to the nation.

DHS Makes Significant Strides in Management Initiatives

Since I took office a little more than a year ago, I have made improving the leadership and management of this Department a top priority.  By focusing on making long term, structural changes to the way DHS does business, we have been able to make significant progress towards this goal – including implementing my Unity of Effort initiative, establishing a Southern Border and Approaches Campaign, reforming our acquisitions process, improving cyber hygiene, and addressing key oversight recommendations. These reforms have improved our ability to serve the American people at the highest standard.   I look forward to continued progress in this area under the leadership of our new Under Secretary for Management, Russell C. Deyo, whom I am confident will bring even greater effectiveness and efficiency to how we pursue our vital homeland security missions.

Remarks By Secretary Of Homeland Security Jeh Charles Johnson On “The New Realities Of Homeland Security” As Part Of The Landon Lecture Series On Public Issues – As Prepared For Delivery

Thank you for the invitation to speak here.

I am truly impressed with the list of those who have preceded me in this lecture series, which include Presidents Carter and Reagan, both Presidents Bush, Vice President Mondale, Tom Donilon, Nelson Rockefeller, my former boss Secretary of Defense Bob Gates, Colin Powell, Leslie Stahl, Bob Dole, Robert and Ted Kennedy, Pat Moynihan, Barry Goldwater, Shirley Temple and Alf Landon himself. It is an honor to join this list. I believe I am the first Secretary of Homeland Security to do so.

Unity of Effort: One Year Later

One year ago the Department of Homeland Security embarked on Secretary Jeh Johnson’s “Unity of Effort” initiative, to begin to set the conditions for the Department to act in a more unified fashion.

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