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March 18, 2009

Appointments, Appointments… where are the Appointments?

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on March 18, 2009

In an essay published on Monday,  James Carafano at the Heritage Foundation pushes for appointment of an Undersecretary for Policy and Planning at DHS.

An HLSwatch reader recently worried about the status of  DOD positions for Homeland Defense and Health Affairs, noting how crucial each appointment is to the overall homeland security mission.

Which appointments do you consider key to the homeland security mission? Who do you hear is being considered?  Who do you want to nominate?   Please use the comment function to add your voice to the mix.

Please do not restrict yourself to DHS.  Don’t even limit your thinking to the federal government.  Which positions are the crucial “network nodes” for effective homeland security in states, localities, private enterprise, and the not-for-profit sectors?

Some suggest that 30 to 50 is the optimum number for authentic and effective teamwork.  Are there 30 to 50 positions that make up the homeland security olympic team?

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1 Comment »

Comment by William R. Cumming

March 18, 2009 @ 11:06 am

Wow@! This is my third try at this comment. AOL screwed me up once. Then the comment was lost in the system, probably AOL again. So each time shorter.

E.O. 12656 assigns the departments and agencies a role for a “National Security Emergency.” These assignments could be paralled for other types of crisis events requiring coordinated federal action.

How the EO 12656 assignments are delegated within each named Department and agency could indicate the key players for both Homeland Security and Emergency Management for the feds. By the way Administrator’s Paulison and Deputy Administrator Johnson should have been retained until their replacements confirmed. Another approach would be to have each properly identified department and agency with an essential homeland security mission to have an official at an appropriate level identified with that in his/her title and of course assigned the appropriate role administering or coordinating that department’s programs, functions, and activities during a crisis. Let’s hope there are 30-50 top officials for TOPOFF V this summer to play (not to just observe).

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