I am pleased to announce that Kathleen L. Kraninger has started as Director of the Office of Screening Coordination for the Department of Homeland Security. In this new role, Kathy will oversee efforts to enhance our security measures by integrating the departmentâ€™s terrorist and immigration-related screening efforts, creating unified screening standards and policies, and developing a single redress process for travelers.
Kathyâ€™s unique expertise in screening and credentialing programs will foster new and innovative approaches to how the department detects and interdicts threats of all types. She will also play an important role in improving the experience for legitimate foreign travelers entering the United States.
I appreciate Kathyâ€™s willingness to return to service at the department after her time at the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. She helped to stand up the Transportation Security Administration and then the Department of Homeland Security as a policy advisor to the Secretaries of Transportation and Homeland Security. She has specialized in border, maritime and transportation security policy, privacy issues, and intelligence. Kathy is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Marquette University, and a native of Cleveland, Ohio.
I think that there’s a real need for this office, given the insufficient level of coordination among the Department’s (and the rest of the federal government’s) multiple screening and targeting programs, but this office is going to face significant challenges in pursuit of efforts to enhance coordination. The original name for this office was the “Office of Screening Coordination and Operations.” The dropping of these last two words reflects an already scaled-down vision for this office.
Kraninger will also face the challenge of running an office that technically has no money. The $4 million that was appropriated for the SCO in FY 2006 was rescinded in the FY 2006 wartime supplemental, according to page 12 of the Senate’s conference report on FY 2007 DHS appropriations. And neither the House nor the Senate included funding for the office in the respective FY 2007 appropriations bills, insisting that the Policy Office’s budget should cover this account.