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April 27, 2009

Homeland security this week

Filed under: Events — by Philip J. Palin on April 27, 2009

Following are a few Homeland Security events for the coming week.  For more information  access the embedded links.  Please use the comment function to identify other events you would like to bring to readers’ attention.  If you are attending or monitoring any of these events, please use the comment function to report out to the rest of us.

AN IMPORTANT CHANGE HAS BEEN MADE IN THE WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY SCHEDULES (1:00 pm eastern on Monday)

Monday, April 27

Food Safety Summit opens in Washington D.C. continues through Thursday.

Tuesday, April 28

10:00 am (eastern) Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs conducts a hearing on developing a national cybersecurity strategy.

Wednesday, April 29

10:00 am (eastern) The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will conduct a hearing on coordinating the federal response to swine flu. I understand Secretary Napolitano will testify.

Thursday, April 30

10:00 am (eastern) Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing to consider nominations of the Timothy Manning (FEMA, National Preparedness) and Ivan Fong (DHS, General Counsel)

This is the 100th day since Mr. Obama’s inauguration as President

Friday, May 1

10:00 am (eastern) Heritage Foundation panel discussion on “Grading Obama’s immigration policies.”

10:00 am (eastern) House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Committee conducts hearing on preparedness for the hurricane season (field hearing in Miami)

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Comment by William R. Cumming

April 27, 2009 @ 7:19 am

Refernce the Fong and Manning confirmation hearings several questions are offered to enlighten the Senate!
First for Manning!
How will your position relate to the Rand Beers position (heading the National Programs Protection Directorate of DHS)?
Second! What specific delegations of authority will you have from the Secretary DHS or through the Administrator of FEMA?
Finally, exactly what are your staffing and funding levels for your directorate through this FY and what has been proposed for next year? Do you personally believe this is adequate? Have you been given in briefings for this confirmation hearing a document aligning the resources of the Directorate against the legal authorities, programs, functions, and activities you will administer? Are any of the key programs, functions, and activities of your Directorate unauthorized by Congress except by an appropriations statute?

For Mr. Fong: First, your office operates to some degree on a decentralized basis with various subordinate offices of chief counsel. Are you satisfied with the current arrangements and/or delegations and if not what changes will you make?
Second, given the release of the OLC/DOJ torture memos would you be willing to release all DHS OGC correspondence, opinions, internal memorandums concerning DHS policy and activities with respect to interrogation techniques concerning use of torture as defined in the OLC memos? Third, would you be willing to furnish a list of all statutes administered by DHS that you believe because of departmental expertise the federal courts should show deference to DHS as in the Chevron v. US decision?
For both nominees, can you give us your views as to the DHS role and responsibities in pandemic flu situations and bioterrorism?
I hope both these highly qualified individuals are confirmed and both these are tough jobs!

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