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April 15, 2009

Heyman nominated for policy shop

Filed under: Organizational Issues — by Philip J. Palin on April 15, 2009

President Obama has nominated David F. Heyman to be DHS Assistant Secretary for Policy.   What do you want to bet that hits have since surged on David’s and James Jay Carafano’s DHS 2.0: Rethinking the Department of Homeland Security

According to the White House announcement: Mr. Heyman is a senior fellow and director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Homeland Security Program and an adjunct professor in security studies at Georgetown University. Before joining CSIS, Heyman served in a number of government positions, including as a senior adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Energy and at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on national security and international affairs. Prior to that, he was the head of international operations for a private-sector software/systems engineering firm developing supply-chain management systems for Fortune 100 firms. He has worked in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East.  Heyman has authored numerous publications, including “America’s Domestic Security” in Five Years After 9/11 (CSIS, 2006); Model Operational Guidelines for Disease Exposure Control (CSIS, 2005)—which has been utilized by cities and states across the country and was the basis for some of the government’s pandemic flu planning guidance; DHS 2.0: Rethinking the Department of Homeland Security (CSIS/Heritage Foundation, 2004); and Lessons from the Anthrax Attacks (CSIS, 2002). Heyman has testified before a number of committees in Congress and has appeared in various media outlets including NPR, CNN, BBC, FOX News, and the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

April 15, 2009 @ 10:08 am

Hey! Great choice. Could we also have a full CV on Mr Heyman? Including academic creds?

Sorry to say it but one failure in the listed successes above was the DHS 2.0 doc which I think if fully reviewed and documented for the time since it was issued would indicate that Chertoff’s 2SR based on that document almost entirely was a complete failure. Willing to see an argument on that point however. I really think organizational recommendations by thinktanks should be prohibited by law. Reasons are several fold. First they rarely understand the working cultures of the organizations they wish to remake in their own image. Second, they fail to understand informal reporting relationships that sometimes outweigh the formal. And finally, they ususally don’t really know what it is like to operate in a modern departmental context without dominance by contractors (most government reorgs have as their most brutal battlegrounds exactly what contracts and what contractors will be funded under the new organizations created or folded in under the reorg plans.) In fact documentation of specific formal delegations, hiring authority, HR systems etc and well as even reading OIG and GAO reports and adopting or rebutting them is seldom done by the “HARD-WORKERS” in the think tanks that ususally just want to be on the “right” side of an issue and really have no feel for the overarching policy issues and relationships in a democracy (Republic) and don’t understand the vast rivalries created by budget reviews and fights, and certainly don’t understand that the huge WHITE HOUSE staff and OMB often don’t consult with the rest of the Executive Branch but dictate. Note the superficiality of the discourse by the various thinktanks over the HSC/NSC merger but also not that most of the Homeland Security Reviews by these same thinktanks often encompass the entirety of STATE and LOCAL law enforcement as part of the HOMELAND SECURITY portfolio. Oh well, good to have a competent thinktanker on board. I first met David when involved in a rather important baseline report lead by a detailee from DOD Amanda Dory entitled “Civil Security” which was the first to use the “Resilience” word and focus on the citizen and citizen preparedness. Issued in 2002 or 2003 by CSIS I believe. One marker for the success of the policy shop in DHS would be to track down who collects statistics in DHS, why do they collect what they do and should they be collecting statistics on things that have higher DHS priority but are not now collected. I know, statistics, and statistics and dem damn lies. But hey if you want to do metrics to measure performance who controls the statistics will determine whether or not perfromance measurement succeeds. Is this a PAS positon? Should be!

Comment by Philip J. Palin

April 16, 2009 @ 3:49 pm

While nothing as complete as a CV,here’s what I could find: Heyman completed his undergraduate work at Brandeis University, with a concentration in biology. His graduate work, at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies(SAIS),was in technology policy and international economics.

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 17, 2009 @ 7:37 am

Any SAIS degrees?

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