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May 18, 2009

Homeland Security this week

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

Monday, May 18

The WHO World Health Assembly, the international organization’s governing body, opens today in Geneva.  The meeting continues through Friday.

The NDIA DHS Science and Techonology Stakeholders Conference (east) opens.  Continues through Thursday.

IDGA Conference on Cyber Security for National Defense opens.  Continues through Thursday.

Tuesday, May 19

9:30 am (eastern) CSIS panel discussion on the Smart Grid

10:00 am (eastern)  House Homeland Security Committee will meet to consider a Resolution of Inquiry related to a DHS report on right-wing extremism.

Several DHS media events are planned this week to focus attention on preparations for the forthcoming Hurricane season.   Secretary Napolitano and the just-confirmed Craig Fugate (FEMA Administrator) will kick off these efforts with a joint appearance in Florida on Tuesday.

Wednesday, May 20

10:00 am (eastern)  The Senate Judiciary Committee will conduct a hearing on border security and immigration.

2:30 pm (eastern) The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will conduct a hearing on disaster recovery.

Thursday, May 21

9:30 am (eastern) Open session of National Academy of Sciences Committee to Review the Department of Homeland Security’s Approach to Risk Analysis.  Continues on Friday, but second day is closed to the public.

Friday, May 22

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1 Comment »

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 18, 2009 @ 8:14 am

WHO will go to Level 6 on the Pandemic Scale before the conference opens IMO! Overdue. The reports are that they WHO have rejected trying to fashion a scale of the virulence of any particular virus. Probably a good decision but still the published scale needs to have a specific disclaimer.

Apparently NO written decision by the OBAMA Administration on the FEMA in or out of DHS decision. Until the next catastrophe then. It is interesting that no detailed followup except to some extent by GAO has occurred since Katrina on the issues and policies addressed by the three (independent of each other) reports issued by White House, Senate, and House (two versions) on FEMA and Katrina response.

It really is starting to appear that except for the goings and comings of the Secretary DHS nothing substantive has been done since January 20th of this year to make sure FEMA is ready to go. I wonder what the new Administrator FEMA is finding and what he plans to do? It is interesting that the hold on Fugate was largely over so-called “Recovery Phase” issues and I have published elsewhere that FEMA has very limited authority in the Stafford Act for the recovery phase. This should be fixed but it takes hard work and I guess neither Congress or the Administration is up to that and still hope that the “Hoping it does not happen on my watch” sees them through. Hey lady luck was once a standard for selection of German Generals so perhaps not a bad strategy. Until luck runs out of course.

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