At this afternoon’s PFO media briefing, Secretary Napolitano cautions, “It’s not time to declare victory over H1N1.” But she also announced that today’s was the last daily brief. The full transcript is available from the DHS website.
Secretary Napolitano testified this morning before the Senate Judiciary Committee. You can access her prepared testimony. There is also an archived webcast of the full hearing (1 hour and 48 minutes long) available from the Committee’s website. Jena McNeill with Heritage did real-time blogging. A Reuters report focuses on border security.
Craig Fugate, nominated as FEMA administrator, is in a long holding pattern. “I am maintaining my hold on the FEMA nominee until I get answers to my specific requests — requests that I have had before the acting FEMA administrator for more than 60 days,” Senator Vitter explained in a statement. Hurricane season is not waiting. More from the Tallahassee Democrat.
At last week’s nomination hearing of Tim Manning (FEMA Deputy Administrator), Chairman Lieberman expressed concern regarding the DHS National Exercise Program. A report released today by the Office of the Inspector General shares the Chairman’s concern. “The Federal Emergency Management Agency… established a National Exercise Program and standardized the terrorism exercise process. However, the Department of Homeland Security has not secured adequate participation and support from other federal departments and agencies; state, territorial, and local entities; or the private sector in planning, implementing, and evaluating exercises or in the corrective action processes. In addition, after-action reports, best practices, and lessons learned from Top Officials exercises have not been disseminated to a broad national audience.” (See the complete OIG report).
The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection has approved reauthorization of the Transportation Security Administration for fiscal years 2010 and 2011. (See: HR 2200) The bill now moves to the full committee.
According to The Hill, The DOJ OIG says, “the FBI failed to add targets of terrorism investigations to the Consolidated Terrorist Watchlist, the roster of more than 68,000 known or suspected terrorists used by law enforcement and border officers.” (See the complete IG report)