Must be a slow news week(s) for CQ Homeland Security to take off for aboutÂ 17 days.Â (They are back up on 9/4/07.)Â But weâ€™re still watching developments.Â Iâ€™ve commented here in the past on the work of the DHS Homeland Security Advisory Council, which was the Presidentâ€™s Homeland Security Advisory Council until the Department stood up.Â Outside advice is nearly always a good thing when it comes to running a bureaucracy of ~185,000 people.Â
The added challenge for the HSAC is that the subject of homeland security is so frustratingly broad it is difficult to populate an advisory council with individuals representing the needed specialties while still expecting a group of people with little in common to work together.Â Â The HSAC is ironingÂ that out.Â They have the following subgroups:Â
- Academe, Policy & Research Senior Advisory Committee
- Emergency Responder Senior Advisory Committee
- Private Sector Senior Advisory Committee
- Secure Borders and Open Doors Advisory Committee (focused on the Rice-Chertoff Initiative)
- State and Local Officials Senior Advisory Committee
Theyâ€™ve also established a working group focused on the mission of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office.Â The DNDO leadership has so far been very forward leaning in seeking outside counsel.Â There are at least three groups focused on this challenge of combating smuggled nuclear weapons.Â
Yesterday, Secretary Chertoff announced the appointment of three new members to the HSAC and ten new members to the subcommittees.Â
The three new members of the Homeland Security Advisory Council:Â
County Supervisor Don Knabe will serve as the chairman of the State and Local Officials Senior Advisory Committee. Supervisor Knabe was first elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in November 1996. In 2006, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Knabe to the California Emergency Council.Â
Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue will be Vice Chairman of the State and Local Officials Senior Advisory Committee.
Dr. John â€œSkipâ€ Williams is the provost and vice president for health affairs; professor of anesthesiology and of health services management and leadership at George Washington University. Dr. Williams previously served as a member of the HSACâ€™s Emergency Response Senior Advisory Committee.Â Skip Williams is also a champion of the Homeland Security Policy Institute that Frank Cilluffo founded at GWU in 2004.Â Frankâ€™s already a member of the HSAC.Â
The three new members of the HSACâ€™s State and Local Officials Senior Advisory Committee:Â Â
Trenton, N.J., Mayor Douglas Palmer is the president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the New Jersey Urban Mayorâ€™s Association.Â Â
Sugar Land, TX, Mayor David Wallace is co-chairman of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Homeland Security Task Force and also serves as a trustee member of the Executive Committee.
IN State Senator Thomas Wyss is chairman of the Homeland Security, Transportation, and Veterans Affairs Committee in the Indiana Senate. Senator Wyss will serve as the organizational representative for the National Conference of State Legislatures.Â
The two new members of the HSACâ€™s Private Sector Senior Advisory Committee:Â
Nelson H. Balido is founder of Balido & Associates, Inc. a public strategies, multicultural marketing, and real estate consulting firm. He worked at SBC Communications (AT&T) as the director of multicultural marketing. In 2003, the governor of Texas appointed Nelson to a six-year term as the commissioner of the Texas Commission on the Arts.Â
Emily Walker, managing director at Citigroup in London, recently served as business executive advisor to the United Nations World Food Program on loan from Citigroup to set up an emergency network for corporate donations to global disasters. She also served as professional staff member and family liaison for the 9/11 Commission.Â
The two new members of the HSACâ€™s Emergency Response Senior Advisory Committee:Â
Ellis M. Stanley Sr. is the general manager of the City of Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Department. He is past president of the International Association of Emergency Managers, a Certified Emergency Manager, and a member of the National Advisory Board for Harvard Universityâ€™s National Preparedness Leadership Institute.
Joseph White is the CEO of the American Red Cross, St. Louis Area Chapter. Mr. Whitehas deployed on many disaster assignments, including to Baton Rouge and New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Mr. White serves on the National American Red Cross Presidentâ€™s Advisory Council.Â
The three new members of the HSACâ€™s Secure Borders and Open Doors Advisory Committee:
Thomas J. Donohue is president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Â Donohue served 13 years as president and CEO of the American Trucking Association.Â
Susan Ginsburg, Esq. is a visiting senior policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute and private consultant. Ms. Ginsburg served as senior counsel and team leader on the staff of the 9/11 Commission and was responsible for research and policy recommendations concerning the entry of the 9/11 hijackers, terrorist travel, and border controls. Ginsburg worked at Treasury as senior advisor and firearms policy coordinator for the Under Secretary for Enforcement.Â
Stephen Payne is the president of Worldwide Strategic Partners and Worldwide Strategic Energy.Â He is also board member of the National Defense University Foundation and the U.S. Baltic Foundation.