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2007 NEWS

Embattled immigration chief went to fake questioner at first press conference

Nick Juliano
Published: Tuesday November 27, 2007

ICE head already facing criticism for praising offensive Halloween costume

A top immigration official, who has been criticized for her youth, inexperience and poor judgment, took a question from a government employee posing as a reporter during her very first press conference last year, RAW STORY has learned.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief Julie Myers called on an agency spokeswoman who was standing with about a dozen other reporters during a February 2006 press conference in San Antonio. Critics had criticized Myers as an unfit nominee because of her lack of immigration experience and close ties to the Bush administration. Her performance at that first press conference was panned when she "struggle[d] to pronounce Nuevo Laredo," a Mexican border town that is a hot spot of criminal activity and drug trafficking into the US.

The ICE employee was told not to ask any questions, and she was verbally reprimanded after doing so, according to a letter delivered last week to the House Committee on Homeland Security.

Committee chairman Bennie Thompson requested the Department of Homeland Security review its press-relations protocols after the Federal Emergency Management Agency was found to have staged a fake press conference in October to respond to raging California wildfires, causing the press conference's organizer to lose a promotion.

"[T]he intent of staff involved in each instance was different, but both episodes were foolish and completely unacceptable," J. Edward Fox, DHS assistant secretary for public affairs, wrote to Thompson. "Nothing can be more important than credibility and integrity when communicating with the public."

Fox's letter said the San Antonio press conference happened in January 2006, although the San Antonio Express News reported Myers' first press conference after garnering a controversial recess appointment as a DHS assistant secretary was not until Feb. 3, 2006.

DHS spokesman Russ Knocke, who discovered the fake question in a review of department press conferences, told RAW STORY that he was unable to determine the precise date of the press conference, which some employees remembered as happening in late January while others remembered the date as early February. Furthermore, he said his investigation did not reveal exactly what question was asked.

"There's some fog," Knocke said in a phone interview Monday. "Most folks who were present do not recollect exactly what the question was."

The immigration spokeswoman, who Knocke refused to name "because of obvious HR restrictions," asked Myers a general question about her feelings on ICE's relationships with other law enforcement agencies, he said based on general characterizations of the question. No transcript of the event exists in DHS or ICE records, Knocke said, although some employees he spoke to gave general characterizations of the question.

According to Fox's letter, the spokeswoman told her supervisor that she wanted to ask Myers a question and ignored her boss's admonition not to question Myers. In "short order" after the press conference, the spokeswoman was verbally reprimanded by her immediate supervisor and a public affairs official at ICE headquarters in Washington, Knocke said.

Myers called on the staff member by name "for purposes of concluding the press conference," after she had answered several reporters' questions, Knocke said. After responding to the staffer, Myers continued to take several more questions from reporters.

The ICE spokeswoman was "well known amongst San Antonio media," Fox wrote, and Knocke said she worked as a reporter in the area before joining the immigration agency. Reporters covering the press conference, which focused on an earlier immigration bust that netted $1 million in cash, drugs and heavy weapons, apparently did not mention that the spokeswoman was among the questioners. Attempts to reach reporters for further comment were unsuccessful Monday.

Since last month's revelations of the fake FEMA press conference, the agency has started to implement new protocols for handling press events that would prohibit government employees from asking questions alongside journalists, Fox wrote. A similar plan is expected to be enacted across DHS offices nationwide.

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) also came under fire recently when her campaign admitted planting a friendly question with an audience member during a recent town hall forum.

It is unclear how many questions Myers took from real journalists to balance the soft-ball lobbed from her employee. The just-appointed assistant secretary had faced harsh criticism from conservative commentators and lawmakers who said she lacked the law enforcement and management experience to oversee ICE, which has 15,000 workers and a $4 billion budget.

President Bush elevated Myers to the position with a controversial "recess appointment" that subverted the Senate's ability to confirm the nominee. Critics say Myers' ascension to the top spot at ICE was another example of Bush's "cronyism" because she is married to a US Attorney who formerly served as chief of staff DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff and her uncle is Gen. Richard Myers, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

"This nomination is a monumental political and policy blunder in the wake of the Michael Brown/FEMA fiasco," wrote conservative blogger Michelle Malkin, a fierce critic of the administration's immigration policies, before Myers took on her new job. "And I can tell you ... rank-and-file DHS employees and immigration enforcement officials are absolutely livid about Myers' nomination."

More recently, Myers was forced to apologize after an ICE employee showed up at a costume party in what many thought was a racist costume and she was on a panel that judged the costume "most original."

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), who sits on the Senate Homeland Security Committee, has placed a temporary hold on Myers' nomination because of her failure to condemn the costumed employee, who reportedly showed up at the party wearing dark makeup, dreadlocks and prison stripes.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has not scheduled a floor vote on the nominee, but Myers has the support of several key Senators and a McCaskill spokeswoman has said she does not intend to hold up the vote indefinitely. A McCaskill spokeswoman did not immediately return a call seeking comment Tuesday.

Myers' recess appointment expires in January, and even some Republicans doubt whether she could or should be confirmed.

"The way things are going, we may not ever vote on her nomination," Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., who is a second cousin of Myers' husband, told the Associated Press earlier this month. "Our nation's immigration enforcement agency needs non-controversial leadership. That would be best served by going in a different direction with this nomination."

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 Jackson Resigns as DHS Deputy Secretary
Monday, October 01, 2007
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Message from Secretary Chertoff: Resignation of Deputy Secretary Jackson

National Press Release 2007

WASHINGTON - It is with regret that I inform you of the resignation of Deputy Secretary Michael Jackson from the Department, effective Oct. 26, 2007.

Deputy Secretary Jackson has served the Department as its chief operating officer since coming to DHS in January 2005. He is the longest serving Deputy Secretary at this Department and has devoted enormous energy, talent, and thought to making it a stronger, more integrated, and mature organization. He is a remarkable chief operating officer, my most trusted counselor, and a close personal friend.

The Deputy Secretary is an outstanding public servant. He came to this Department after his tenure of more than two years as Deputy Secretary at the Department of Transportation. Among his many achievements, he helped to stand up the new Transportation Security Administration and managed the recovery efforts for the nation’s aviation industry after 9/11. He has served in two other administrations, as Special Assistant to the President for Cabinet Liaison and later Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Transportation under President George H. W. Bush, and in various capacities at the Department of Education during President Reagan’s administration.

The Deputy Secretary will leave this Department having made an enduring impact on our homeland security. At this Department, he was fundamental in invigorating our operating components, fusing our intelligence capabilities, building a new FEMA, and managing the response to the disrupted airline plot of August 2006. He brought tremendous focus, discipline, and planning to Department-wide operations, budgets, and polices, and he significantly advanced the integration of our component agencies. He is widely respected throughout the Congress, by state and local officials, and international allies.

Our homeland is more secure and better prepared as result of Deputy Secretary Jackson’s tireless service, and on behalf of all Americans, I offer him our deep gratitude. I respect and admire his difficult decision to move on, and I look forward to our continued friendship.

 Hearing Reveals Weaknesses Along Northern Border
Monday, October 01, 2007
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 Web Site Allows Employers to Verify New Hires
Monday, October 01, 2007
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 Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Law of Sea
Monday, October 01, 2007
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U.S. Senate Holds Hearings on UNCLOS

The U.S. Senate recently held two hearings on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) Treaty, which governs the world’s oceans and oceanic resources, on September 27 and October 4. Some aspects the treaty regulates include maritime pollution, offshore fishing and drilling, the ability to travel through coastal countries’ waters, and high sea interdictions. This controversial treaty has been debated since the Reagan Administration.

Proponents of the treaty, including energy companies, the military, and environmentalists cite many positive reasons why the United States should ratify the treaty that 154 countries have already signed. The Law of the Sea Treaty sets a global standard for marine environmental protection -- all signing nations are legally bound to prevent pollution and protect fish populations and the marine environment in general. The treaty also ensures the U.S. Navy and commercial ships’ right to travel freely through foreign countries’ territorial waters. Additionally, the treaty’s Law of the Sea Tribunal provides a peaceful method of settling quarrels over natural resources and territory.

Finally, the treaty provides each signing country with exclusive rights to managing the resources near its coast. When mapped out by the United Nations Law of the Sea, the United States’ zone is larger than that of any country in the world, 3.36 million square miles (larger than the 48 contiguous states combined), enabling the U.S. to claim more oil and mineral resources on the continental shelf near Alaska.

There are also many opponents to the Law of the Sea Treaty and several of their reasons to not sign the treaty are direct responses to proponents’ reasons to ratify it.

First, some of the treaty’s environmental provisions would allow non-U.S. environmental groups to file lawsuits in U.S. and international courts in attempts to manipulate domestic U.S. environmental policy.

Second, opponents state that legally-recognized navigation rights are not necessary because they are not presently jeopardized by any law or military able to oppose the United States.

Third, the Law of the Sea Tribunal, which is not necessarily democratically elected, would be able to command the U.S. to free a vessel held on suspicion of illegal activity -- including those interdicted due to transporting illegal weapons or terrorists.

Other concerns over the treaty include the U.S. not having any control over the funding of the project and the treaty applying eminent domain to intellectual property, enabling the United Nations to seize technology if it so desires. Regardless of the concerns over the treaty, President Bush wants the United States to ratify it.

In a May 15 statement, he said, “First, I urge the Senate to act favorably on U.S. accession to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea during this session of Congress. Joining will serve the national security interests of the United States, including the maritime mobility of our armed forces worldwide. It will secure U.S. sovereign rights over extensive marine areas, including the valuable natural resources they contain. Accession will promote U.S. interests in the environmental health of the oceans. And it will give the United States a seat at the table when the rights that are vital to our interests are debated and interpreted.”

Senator Richard G. Lugar, who opened the second Senate hearing, agrees with President Bush, "At the first hearing on the Law of the Sea one week ago, we heard unequivocal testimony from the State Department, the Defense Department, and the Navy in support of U.S. accession to the Convention. It was clear from this testimony, as well as from President Bush’s statement on the Law of the Sea, and communications from the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff, that the U.S. national security leadership is strongly united in favor of this treaty. As Admiral Patrick Walsh, the Vice Chief of Naval Operations and former commander of the Fifth Fleet, testified: 'Right now, where I sit, we have a deficiency, by not being party to the Law of the Sea Convention, and it is one that we must correct.

This Convention is valuable to our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and coast Guardsmen and it’s time we joined the Convention, and we owe it to them.'" 

 

 Coast Guard Acquires New Responsibilities
Monday, October 01, 2007
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 New Passport Requirements Begin Today
Monday, October 01, 2007
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 This Week’s BPS Agenda in Congress
Monday, October 01, 2007
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 Congress Passes, President Signs, Continuing Resolution
Monday, October 01, 2007
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 Port of Charleston Unveils New Port Security Inspection System
Monday, September 24, 2007
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NEW PORT SECURITY INSPECTION SYSTEM DEBUTS IN CHARLESTON

Charleston Regional Business Journal
Shelia Watson
September 21, 2007
A new port security cargo screening system was unveiled today for use at the Port of Charleston’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection Container Examination Station.

The OmniView Gantry X-ray Inspection System is able to penetrate up to 14 inches of steel, which provides port officials a comprehensive and secure means of inspecting cargo containers for terrorist threats. It is also deployed on a gantry system, which allows mobility.

The system was developed jointly by American Science and Engineering Inc. and the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center-Southeast, a program of the National Institute of Justice that is administered by the South Carolina Research Authority.

OmniView will be transferred to Project Seahawk and operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Development of the equipment was funded through a grant from the National Institute of Justice.

“The relocatable OmniView Gantry is an ideal solution to secure our nation’s ports,” said Anthony Fabiano, president and CEO of American Science and Engineering, which is working closely with the Port of Charleston to provide technology for efficient inspection of containerized cargo. The company develops and supplies X-ray inspection systems for a range of uses, including detection of plastic explosives and weapons, liquid explosives, dirty bombs and nuclear devices. The company’s product line includes cargo inspection systems and baggage screening systems.

The Port of Charleston, one of the largest container ports in the nation, is home to Project Seahawk, a law enforcement task force that brings together federal, state and local agencies to improve port security and serves as a model for other ports around the nation.

“This further enhances the Port of Charleston’s aggressive security posture,” said Bernard S. Groseclose Jr., president and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority. “It is vital that increased security be balanced with the smooth flow of commerce. This new unit will help do that.”

 House Adjournment Target is November 16
Monday, September 24, 2007
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 Action on Continuing Resolution Expected This Week
Monday, September 24, 2007
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 This Week’s BPS Agenda in Congress
Monday, September 24, 2007
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 Federal Deficit Declines by 9.8 Percent
Monday, September 17, 2007
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 DHS Announces Maritime Pilot Program
Monday, September 17, 2007
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DHS Announces West Coast Maritime Radiation Detection Project

Written by American City & County Administrator / 6th September 2007

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) announced the West Coast Maritime pilot program that will provide maritime radiation detection capabilities for State and local authorities in Washington's Puget Sound and California's San Diego areas. The three-year pilot program involves the development of a radiation detection architecture that reduces the risk of radiological and nuclear threats that could be illegally transported on recreational or small commercial vessels. The pilot will be conducted in close coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) announced the West Coast Maritime pilot program that will provide maritime radiation detection capabilities for State and local authorities in Washington’s Puget Sound and California’s San Diego areas.

The three-year pilot program involves the development of a radiation detection architecture that reduces the risk of radiological and nuclear threats that could be illegally transported on recreational or small commercial vessels. The pilot will be conducted in close coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection.

“The West Coast Maritime pilot program addresses a potential threat pathway in the maritime domain,” says DNDO Director Vayl S. Oxford. “This project reflects the priority that the department has placed on balancing risk against all potential threats.”

DNDO anticipates investing roughly $10 million in the pilot program. The Puget Sound region and San Diego, with DNDO assistance, will leverage existing federal grant funding to support small vessel radiation detection programs and the procurement of recommended equipment.

DNDO expects to deploy non-intrusive, passive detection sensors, such as human-portable radiation detection equipment, mobile sensors, and fixed-position detectors. The goal of the program is to evaluate the efficacy and begin to facilitate the use of radiation detection equipment by local authorities and maritime partners as part of their routine operations in the maritime environment.

A small vessel is defined as any watercraft that is generally less than 300 gross tons. Small vessels include commercial fishing vessels, recreational boats and yachts, towing vessels, uninspected passenger vessels, or any other small commercial vessels involved in foreign or U.S. voyages. The definition distinguishes small vessels from large commercial vessels and yachts, generally 300 gross tons and over, that are subject to security regulations already put in place under the authority of the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 and the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code.

The West Coast Maritime pilot program is underway at Puget Sound, with initial assessment activities beginning in July, and will start soon in San Diego. DNDO will be working with maritime partners and local authorities in both areas to assess the geographic configurations of the ports to maximize detection and interdiction opportunities. Additional analyses for local partners will include a baseline survey of the existing radiological and nuclear detection architecture, a gap and risk assessment, and associated recommended actions to be developed in conjunction with maritime stakeholders. Maritime stakeholders will also receive guidance from DNDO on operational protocols, training, and exercises that support small vessel radiation detection capabilities.

 

 DHS Announces New Steps to Approve Private Aircraft Security
Monday, September 17, 2007
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BILL AND REGULATIONS

 

 

 H.R. 6061
Monday, October 30, 2006
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To establish operational control over the international land and maritime borders of the United States.
 
 H.R. 4954
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
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To improve maritime and cargo security through enhanced layered defenses, and for other purposes.
 
< S 2791
Monday, May 15, 2006
To provide improved maritime, rail, and public transportation security
 
 S. 2459
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
S2008 was renamed and reintroduced as S2459. It was referred to the Senate Homeland Security Committee. 
 
 S. 2400
Monday, March 13, 2006
To transfer authority to review certain mergers, acquisitions, and takeovers of United States entities by foreign entities to a designee established within the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes. 

 
 H.R. 4917
Thursday, March 09, 2006
To amend the Defense Production Act of 1950 to require notification to Congress after receipt of written notification of proposed or pending mergers, acquisitions, or takeovers subject to investigation under such Act, and for other purposes. 
 
 H.R. 4915
Thursday, March 09, 2006
To amend section 721 of the Defense Production Act of 1950 to implement certain recommendations relating to the review of certain mergers, acquisitions, or takeovers by or with any foreign person, and for other purposes. 

 
 H.R. 4929
Thursday, March 09, 2006
To amend section 721 of the Defense Production Act of 1950 to enhance the effectiveness of the investigations of certain mergers, acquisitions, and takeovers for national security implications, and for other purposes. 

 
 H.R. 4899
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
To prohibit the entry of ocean shipping containers into the United States unless such containers have been scanned and sealed before loading on the vessel for shipment to the United States, either directly or via a foreign port. 
 
 S. 2374
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to limit foreign control of investments in certain United States critical infrastructure. 
 
 H.R. 4881
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
To promote the national defense by establishing requirements for the ownership, management, and operation of critical infrastructure in the United States, and for other purposes.
 
 H.R. 4885
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
To amend the Defense Production Act of 1950 to prohibit acquisitions, mergers, or takeovers of persons engaged in interstate commerce in the United States by entities controlled by or acting on behalf of foreign governments that do not recognize countries that are member states of the United Nations, participate in boycotts against countries that are friendly to the United States, or provide support for international terrorism.
 
 S. 2333
Monday, March 06, 2006
To require an investigation under the Defense Production Act of 1950 of the acquisition by Dubai Ports World of the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, and for other purposes.
 
 H.R. 4880
Monday, March 06, 2006
To direct the Commandant of the Coast Guard to require that a security plan for a maritime facility be resubmitted for approval upon transfer of ownership or operation of such facility, and for other purposes.
 
 H.R. 4807
Monday, March 06, 2006
To require an investigation under the Defense Production Act of 1950 of the acquisition by Dubai Ports World of the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, and for other purposes.
 
 S. 2367
Friday, March 03, 2006
To provide a cause of action for United States port operators with respect to the potential change of ownership of a terminal operator to a foreign entity, and for other purposes.
 
 H.R. 4839
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
To prohibit entities owned or controlled by foreign governments from conducting certain operations at seaports in the United States, and from entering into agreements to conduct such operations. 
 
 S. 2334
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
To ensure the security of United States ports, and for other purposes.
 
 H.R. 4833
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
To require that only United States persons may control security operations at seaports in the United States or enter into agreements to conduct such security operations. 

 
 H.R. 4842
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
To ensure the security of United States ports, and for other purposes.
 
 H.R. 4814
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
To amend section 721 of the Defense Production Act of 1950 to suspend all proposed mergers, acquisitions, or takeovers by foreign persons until certain determinations are made. 

 
 H.R. 4813
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
To amend the Defense Production Act of 1950 to improve national security and clarify congressional intent with respect to the review process for certain mergers and acquisitions, and for other purposes. 

 
 S. 2335
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
To clarify the role of the Director of National Intelligence, amend the Defense Production Act of 1950 to clarify the notification and investigation requirements, and for other purposes. 
 
 H.R. 4817
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
To prohibit entities owned or controlled by foreign governments from carrying out operations at seaports in the United States.
 
 H.R. 4820
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
To amend the Defense Production Act of 1950 to strengthen the requirements relating to investigations under such Act, and for other purposes. 
 
 S. 2341
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
To prohibit the merger, acquisition, or takeover of Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company by Dubai Ports World. 
 
< S.1916
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
A bill to strengthen national security and United States borders, and for other purposes.
 
 S.1863
Friday, October 07, 2005
Gulf Coast Recovery and Preparedness Act of 2005
 
 H.R. 4044
Friday, October 07, 2005
A bill to provide for more efficient and effective protection of the borders of the United States.
 
 H.R. 889
Monday, September 19, 2005
To authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal year 2006, to make technical corrections to various laws administered by the Coast Guard, and for other purposes
 
 H.R. 3692
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
A bill to establish a program within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the United States Coast Guard to help identify, determine sources of, assess, reduce, and prevent marine debris and its adverse impacts on the marine environment and navigation safety, in coordination with non-federal entities, and for other purposes.
 
 S.1280
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
A bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2006 and 2007 for the United States Coast Guard, and for other purposes.
 
 H.R. 2360
Friday, May 13, 2005
An original bill making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2006, and for other purposes.
 
 H.R. 1986
Thursday, April 28, 2005
Would authorize the secretary of Defense to assign members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps, under certain circumstances and subject to certain conditions, to assist the Department of Homeland Security in the performance of border protection functions.
 
 S.929
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
To provide liability protection to nonprofit volunteer pilot organizations flying for public benefit and to the pilots and staff of such organizations. 

 
 H.R. 1817
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
A bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2006 for the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.
 
< S.855
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
A bill to improve the security of the nation's ports by providing federal grants to support Area Maritime Transportation Security Plans and to address vulnerabilities in port areas identified in approved vulnerability assessments or by the secretary of Homeland Security.
 
 H.R. 1544
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
To provide faster and smarter funding for first responders, and for other purposes. 
 
 H.R. 1584
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
To develop and maintain an integrated system of coastal and ocean observations for the Nation's coasts, oceans, and Great Lakes, to improve warnings of tsunamis and other natural hazards, to enhance homeland security, to support maritime operations, and for other purposes. 

 
 H.R. 1414
Thursday, March 17, 2005
A bill to direct the secretary of Homeland Security to issue regulations concerning the shipping of extremely hazardous materials, and for other purposes.
 
 H.R. 1419
Thursday, March 17, 2005
To require that Homeland Security grants related to terrorism preparedness and prevention be awarded based strictly on an assessment of risk, threat, and vulnerabilities. 

 
 S. 638
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
A bill to extend the authorization for the ferry boat discretionary program, and for other purposes
 
 H. R. 1320
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Would secure the borders of the United States.
 
 H.R. 1323
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
To establish a permanent grant program to improve public safety communications and the interoperability of emergency communications equipment. 

 
 S. 578
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
A bill to better manage the national instant criminal background check system and terrorism matches. 

 
 H.R. 1143
Tuesday, March 08, 2005
To prohibit United States assistance for the Palestinian Authority and for programs, projects, and activities in the West Bank and Gaza, unless certain conditions are met. 

 
 H.R. 1109
Thursday, March 03, 2005
To provide for the security and safety of rail and rail transit transportation systems, and for other purposes. 

 
 H.R. 1093
Thursday, March 03, 2005
To amend the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 to change the manner of allocation of first responder grant funds.
 
 H.R. 896
Thursday, February 17, 2005
To facilitate nationwide availability of 2-1-1 telephone service for information and referral on health and human services, including volunteer services, and for other purposes. 

 
 S. 376
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
To improve intermodal shipping container transportation security.
 
< S. 378
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Would reduce crime and terrorism at seaports, without limiting the authority of a Customs officer under any provision of law enforced or administered by the Secretary of the Treasury or the Undersecretary for Border and Transportation Security of the Department of Homeland Security.
 
 S. 361
Thursday, February 10, 2005
To develop and maintain an integrated system of ocean and coastal observations for the Nation's coasts, oceans and Great Lakes, improve warnings of tsunamis and other natural hazards, enhance homeland security, support maritime operations, and for other purposes. 

 
 S. 368
Thursday, February 10, 2005
To provide assistance to reduce teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and other sexually transmitted diseases and to support healthy adolescent development. 
 
 H.R. 688
Wednesday, February 09, 2005
To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to bar the admission, and facilitate the removal, of alien terrorists and their supporters and fundraisers, to secure our borders against terrorists, drug traffickers, and other illegal aliens, to facilitate the removal of illegal aliens and aliens who are criminals or human rights abusers, to reduce visa, document, and employment fraud, to temporarily suspend processing of certain visas and immigration benefits, to reform the legal immigration system, and for other purposes. 

 
 S. 318
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
To clarify conditions for the interceptions of computer trespass communications under the USA-PATRIOT Act. 
 
 H.R. 58
Wednesday, February 02, 2005
A bill to require the secretary of Homeland Security to establish at least one Border Patrol unit for the Virgin Islands of the United States.
 
< H.R. 228
Wednesday, February 02, 2005
To establish a realistic, threat-based allocation of grant funds for first responders
 
 S. 21
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
A bill to provide for homeland security grant coordination and simplification, and for other purposes.
 
 H.R. 478
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
United States Seaports Multiyear Securtiy Enhancement Act
 
 H.R. 418
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Real ID Act of 2005
 
> S. 192
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
A bill to provide for the improvement of foreign stabilization and reconstruction capabilities of the United States government.
 
> S. 21
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
A bill to provide for homeland security grant coordination and simplification, and for other purposes. 
 
 S. 43
Monday, January 24, 2005
Would provide certain enhancements to the Montgomery GI Bill Program for certain individuals, exempting them from mandatory payroll deductions under the veterans' basic educational assistance program.
 
 H.R. 285
Thursday, January 06, 2005
To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to enhance cybersecurity, and for other purposes. 
 
 S. 140
Tuesday, January 04, 2005
Would provide grant awards to states, units of local government,and Indian tribes for homeland security development.
 
 H.R. 163
Tuesday, January 04, 2005
A bill to amend Title 46, United States Code, to direct the secretary of Homeland Security to carry out an empty shipping container sealing pilot program to encourage shipping container handlers to seal empty shipping containers after they have unpacked them, and for other purposes.
 
 H.R. 173
Tuesday, January 04, 2005
A Bill to prevent and respond to terrorism and crime at or through ports
 
> Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Friday, December 10, 2004
Federal Register
49 CFR Part 1507, Privacy Act of 1974: Implementation of Exemptions
69 FR 71767 (12/10/2004; 3288 words)
 
 United States Coast Guard (USCG)
Friday, December 03, 2004
Federal Register
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 
33 CFR Part 165, Security Zone; Potomac and Anacosta Rivers, Washington, DC and Arlington and Fairfax Counties, Virginia
Proposed Rule, 69 FR 70211
Federal Register (12/3/2004; 2878 words)
 
 Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Federal Register
49 CFR Part 1522, Fees for Security Threat Assessments for Hazmat Drivers
69 FR 65332 (11/10/2004; 12849 words)
 
 H.R. 44
Friday, January 04, 2002
A bill to direct the secretary of Homeland Security to establish an independent panel to assess the homeland security needs of the National Capital Region.
 
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