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June 1, 2009

Homeland security this week

Filed under: Events,General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on June 1, 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.

This week HLSwatch will give some continuing attention to the creation of a proposed Resilience Policy Directorate within the National Security Staff.  Please join the conversation with questions, concerns, and comments. On Wednesday, Thursday, and — especially — Saturday of last week (see below) we began this consideration.  Look for a new post later today.

Monday, June 1

This is the first official day of the Atlantic Hurricane Season.

10:00 am (pacific) Alameda, California – The US Coast Guard will commission its Force Readiness Command, an integrated tactics-to-policy, uniformed-and-civilian training and education function.

Tuesday, June 2

2:30 pm (eastern) Washington D.C. – The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs will hold a hearing on the nomination of Rand Beers to serve as DHS Undersecretary for National Protection and Programs.

Security Industry Association 2009 Government Summit opens in Washington D.C.  Continues on Wednesday.

Defense Daily Cybersecurity Conference, all day in Washington D.C.

Wednesday, June 3

12 noon (eastern) Washington D.C.  The Aspen Institute hosts a roundtable on homeland security.   Secretary Napolitano is scheduled to speak.

12 noon (eastern) Washington D.C.  The American Enterprise Institute hosts a seminar on addressing systemic risk (while focused on financial issues, may have implications for risk-informed thinking in homeland security).

Thursday, June 4

President Obama will give a speech at Cairo University focused on US relations with the Islamic world.

9:30 am (eastern) Washington D.C. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery will hold a hearing on preparations for the 2009 hurricane season.

10:00 am (eastern) Washington D.C. House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Management, Investigations and Oversight will conduct a hearing on the DHS fiscal year 2009 budget.

Friday, June 5

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Comment by William R. Cumming

June 1, 2009 @ 7:42 am

Assuming that he is allowed to give his personal views, would be interesting if Senate asks Mr. Beers how he sees his role in cyber security, DHS’ role, and what he thinks of the recently released cyber security review document!
It would also be helpful if he could be pinned down on how he thinks his Directorate relates to other portions of DHS, including the FEMA Preparedness Directorate. Given the extensive review document dated April but released last week by GAO I wonder how much of the National Protection Programs Directorate has at least a published policy and planning guidance or document [GAO says that 67% of assigned tasks to Preparedness Directorate in FEMA has been completed–meaning according to footnote #45 of the report–published but NOT repeat NOT necessarily implemented through training, exercises or other metrics]. He might also be interested in describing what he thinks he has inherited in that Directorate and whether he has adequate staff and funding levels to accomplish his mission! Also might be asked what specific legal authorities have been delegated to his directorate and whether any assigned programs, functions, and activities have not been authorized by Congress except by appropriation statute. Good luck, Rand Beers! DHS needs you on board NOW!

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