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March 29, 2007

U/S Foresman Resigns

Filed under: DHS News — by Jonah Czerwinski on March 29, 2007

DHS Undersecretary of Preparedness George Foresman tendered his resignation today. The President nominated U/S Foresman October 21, 2005, after Foresman served as Homeland Security Advisor to Virginia Governor Warner.  Per tradition, just about every senior political appointee was given a choice soon after the mid-term elections last year: step down now or stay through the end of the term.  The timing makes it easy for those desiring a change for whatever reason to resign after surviving an election.  But if anyone stays, it is expected that they stick it out because filling those jobs with only 18-montsh left or less is pretty tough — especially if those posts are Senate confirmed.  No president wants a department run by acting under secretaries.  And so this timing makes me wonder.  Perhaps he just wants to spend time with his family…

Update 4/2:  I should have been more explicit in this post by noting the obvious: The position of U/S for Preparedness won’t exist any longer due to organizational changes that include  shifting Preparedness responsibilities to a new National Protection and Programs directorate and FEMA. (Thanks to reader JJ for keeping me in line.)

Statement by Secretary Chertoff follows:

Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on the RESIGNATION of UNDER SECRETARY GEORGE FORESMAN

March 29, 2007Today, I accepted the resignation of George Foresman as Under Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, effective in the coming weeks. George has given me and the entire senior leadership team wise counsel in addressing complex homeland security challenges under trying conditions.George is an exceptional professional who has shown a steadfast commitment to the ideals of leadership by example. Prior to coming to the department, George spent more than 20 years in local and state government in Virginia and is respected around the country for his bi-partisanship and expertise. Through his tireless dedication, George helped sharpen the federal government’s focus in the areas of infrastructure protection, including the security of chemical facilities, national information technology and telecommunications systems, and he has been instrumental in leading refinements to our grants processes, approaches to risk management, use of biometrics, and communications interoperability.I am grateful for George’s service to the American public and his lasting contributions to the security of our homeland. I regret seeing him leave, and look forward to our continued friendship.

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Comment by JJ

March 30, 2007 @ 3:08 pm

He resigned because his directorate, the Preparedness Directorate, was eliminated shortly after he took the position. The White House should not be surprised.

Comment by Anonymous Coward

March 30, 2007 @ 3:23 pm

My money is on the fact that US VISIT isn’t coming over to NPPD, the organization Foresman was supposed to run starting 1 April.

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March 31, 2007 @ 1:47 am

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Comment by William R. Cumming

March 31, 2007 @ 9:58 am

George Foresman has much to contribute to the field of Emergency Management, Homeland Security, and Preparedness in general. Now that he has announced his resignation, it gives him an opportunity to tell Secretary Chertoff, and Acting FEMA Administrator the unvarnished truth about the real state of Preparedness in the United States, including federal, state, and local governments, NGO’s, and the private sector. Defining preparedness as the combination of readiness of personnel, equipment, funding, logistics, verified by training and exercises that status is not significantly improved since 9/11 or Hurricane Katrina. The country deserves to know who, what, where, when, and how trained, well financed, professionals will show up in a variety of terrible scenarios including the worst a NUDET (nuclear detonation) in a major metropolis. He should be willing to document the problems from interoperability of communications to the failure of the mitigation division in FEMA to assist in critical infrastructure protection with its relatively worthless expenditure of $1B on remapping flood plains without really generating new data or taking on the tough issues ignored over the last 40 years of flood mapping, like structural protection systems that are not properly designed or maintained or funded.
Under Secretary Foresman is the best positioned of all to tell DHS/FEMA the truth, the Congress the truth, and the American people the truth about preparedness. The assessment last year of state and local preparedness done with the decade old SLG 101 (not including Attachment G concerning terrorism preparedness) revealed the state and locals are not good partners on preparedness issues and lacking national standards money sent them for preparedness is wasted unless those standards are adopted and enforced including NFPA 1600 and those done under auspices of OASIS. Just as William Grieder wrote a book entitled “Who Will Tell the People” describing the one-party system inside the beltway, Under Secretary Foresman could write a book with the same title on the real state of Preparedness in the United States.

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