With the confirmation hearings for DHS Secretary-Nominee Janet Napolitano scheduled for today at 10AM, numerous analyses and interviews continue to highlight the potential priorities and difficulties for the next DHS leader. In speaking of his nominee, President-Elect Obama declared she will be the “leader who can reform a sprawling department while safeguarding our homeland,” while facing the critical issues of border security, immigration, and DHS integration. For her part, Napolitano spoke some on her view of border security in an interview with a local Arizona television station, relating the importance of technology and strategy.
I’ll attend today’s hearing and blog about it as soon as I can.
Meanwhile, the Heritage Foundation highlighted a list of questions for the nominee that Senators should consider asking Napolitano, including Visa Waiver Reform, FEMA, Homeland Security Grant Reform, and 100 Percent cargo screening mandate, in addition to immigration and border security.