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September 5, 2007

Four Congressional Hearings This Week

Filed under: Congress and HLS — by Jonah Czerwinski on September 5, 2007

“Homeland Security Achievements and Priorities”
House Committee on Homeland Security
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 5, 10:00 a.m.
Place: 311 Cannon House Office Building

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff

The National Applications Office
House Committee on Homeland Security
Date: Thursday, Sept. 6, 10:00 a.m.
Place: 311 Cannon House Office Building

Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis Charlie Allen

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Officer Daniel Sutherland

Privacy Office Chief Hugo Teufel, III

“A DHS Status Report: Assessing Challenges and Measuring Progress”
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
Contact: Michael Alexander – Democratic Staff Director at 202-224-2627
Date: Thursday, Sept. 6, 1:30 p.m. (Originally scheduled for July 31)
Place: 342 Dirksen Bldg.

David M. Walker – Comptroller General, Government Accountability Office

Paul A. Schneider – Undersecretary of Homeland Security for management

“Immigration Security”
House Judiciary — Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law
Contact: Ur Jaddou – Democratic Counsel at 202-225-3926
Date: Thursday, Sept. 6, 1 p.m.
Place: 2141 Rayburn Bldg.
Agenda: STRIVE Act

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Comment by William R. Cumming

September 6, 2007 @ 2:31 am

In 1803 the US Supreme Court in a case entitled Little v. Bareme determined that each federal officer must have legal authority to act. Conceptually this means that while the President has authority in many instances, he/she may delegate under 3 USC Section 301 his/her authority as vested in the Presidency by Congress. Typically this is published in Executive Order format. Congress now vests authority often directly in the cabinet secretaries. These in turn are required by both the Administrative Procedure Act, as amended (originally enacted 1947) and the Federal Register Act, as amended (originally enacted in 1934) to provide published delegations so the public may know, as Little v. Bareme requires the authority of the officer taking action. DHS has published very very few delegations tracking either from the President or the Secretary. Since there is no such thing as “color of authority” in federal law or case law, either you have it or you do not, should this be a subject for Congressional review and DOJ concern for protecting the government in litigation?
By the way under the Vacancy Reform Act, GAO recently indicated that DHS was non-compliant generally. How has this changed in the 6 weeks since GAO reported on the issue in a published report. Is DHS and the President still avoiding “Advise and Consent” by the Senate?

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Comment by Karine Fazzio

August 6, 2010 @ 12:45 am

Hands down, Apple’s app store wins by a mile. It’s a huge selection of all sorts of apps vs a rather sad selection of a handful for Zune. Microsoft has plans, especially in the realm of games, but I’m not sure I’d want to bet on the future if this aspect is important to you. The iPod is a much better choice in that case. They’re beautiful, exotic, and romantic — and they’re also right here in the United States, which means you don’t have to mess around with passports, travel visas, or currency exchanges.

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