Homeland Security Watch

News and analysis of critical issues in homeland security

May 8, 2009

Welcoming a new HLS Watcher

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on May 8, 2009

I am very pleased to welcome Jessica R. Herrera-Flanigan as a new
contributor to Homeland Security Watch.  Her expert analysis of the proposed Homeland Security budget will show up here later today.

From 2005 to 2008 Jess was the Staff Director and General Counsel for the House Committee on Homeland Security. In this role she supervised the Committee’s staff and was the principal staff liaison for the Committee with the congressional leadership and the Administration on homeland security and counterterrorism matters. She was one of the Committee’s original staffers, having joined as Counsel in 2003.

Jess also served as Senior Counsel at the Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section, Criminal Division, of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she led a team of prosecutors who specialized in cybercrime from 1999 to 2003. She was one of the government’s leading experts on critical infrastructure protection, CFIUS, and electronic evidence gathering.

Chris Bellavita and I are both beyond-the-beltway, as if you had not
noticed.  Jess will give us real insider expertise.  A graduate of Yale
University and the Harvard Law School, Jess currently serves as a partner with the Monument Policy Group and is a Senior Fellow at George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

May 8, 2009 @ 11:44 am

Great addition! I wonder where Michael Vatis is these days and Frank Cillufo has done a good job with the Institute at GW. As I have invited Phil and Chris, Jess if I get too far off the road please direct me back to the thoroughfare.

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 8, 2009 @ 11:46 am

Actually happen to know something about CIFIUS also. Enacted in 1988 and is part of the national security review given to FDI of certain defense contractors in the U.S.
Staffed largely in the Treasury still I believe!

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