On March 24-25, 2014, President Obama joined 52 world leaders and four international organizations in The Hague, Netherlands for the third Nuclear Security Summit, aimed at preventing nuclear terrorism around the globe. The Hague Summit built upon the accomplishments of the two previous Nuclear Security Summits in 2010 and 2012 and focused on three main goals: reducing the amount of dangerous nuclear material in the world; improving the security of all nuclear material and radioactive sources; and improving international cooperation.
Today, President Obama signed an Executive Order entitled “Promoting Efficient Spending” as part of the administration-wide “Campaign to Cut Waste”. I am proud that one of our DHS colleagues, Celeste Steele, from the Management Directorate, was able to join the President as he highlighted the Administration’s efforts to more effectively and efficiently use taxpayer dollars, including through the DHS Efficiency Review, which Vice President Biden recently highlighted as a model effort for other agencies.
Most Americans are aware of the many technologies and resources DHS uses to keep our country secure, from advanced imaging technology at airports, to unmanned aerial systems at the border, to whatever projects the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency is managing.
The H1N1 Flu Preparedness Summit wrapped up about an hour ago. Hopefully some of you had the opportunity to watch part of the live-stream. If not, you can check out highlights from the summit, the Twitter feed, and other information on how today's discussion will move things forward on this public health issue at the newly re-launched flu.gov. The bottom line is that we all need to be prepared for flu season. The federal government, in coordination with all our partners, used today as an opportunity to discuss the best options for preparing the public.