Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:00:00 ESTPrince William County supervisors want to pursue litigation against the Department of Homeland Security and are asking Congress to investigate how the agency has handled the illegal immigrants turned over by county law enforcement officials.
Mon, 17 Jan 2011 00:00:00 ESTThe General Services Administration is preparing to restart a multibillion-dollar competition to design, install, test and maintain a data network on the new Department of Homeland Security campus at St. Elizabeths.
Sun, 02 Jan 2011 00:00:00 ESTKABUL - U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, on a two-day visit here, said Saturday that her department plans to significantly bolster its activities in Afghanistan over the coming year, adding as many as 54 agents to the current contingent of 25.
Mon, 15 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTThe General Services Administration has reopened its search for 1.1 million square feet of office space for the Department of Homeland Security.
Mon, 06 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDTDefense Department procurement brings to mind Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and other big companies delivering major weapon systems.
Sun, 20 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTTHE REPORT is chilling. Optimistically titled "U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team Makes Progress in Securing Cyberspace, but Challenges Remain," it paints a disturbing picture of a national security disaster waiting to happen. The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, or CERT, established in...
Wed, 19 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTCONGRESS LONG ago demonstrated its disdain for the residents of the District of Columbia. So there's little hope that appeals about the rights or even the safety of its 600,000 residents will factor into consideration of the specious effort to rewrite the city's gun laws . What lawmakers might want...
Mon, 10 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTA major Department of Homeland Security information technology program is drawing interest from hundreds of companies as they ready for a draft solicitation later this month.
Thu, 22 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTBARCELONA -- Janet Napolitano stood near the water's edge, arms crossed, gazing up at a giant X-ray contraption.
Sun, 18 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTSecretary of the Departmentof Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on national security, running for governor of Arizona and more.
Tue, 30 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDTOffices charged with ferreting out corruption among U.S. border and immigration employees are engaged in a turf battle that has delayed some investigations and threatens to undermine a host of enforcement actions, records and interviews show.
Wed, 03 Mar 2010 00:00:00 ESTSen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), who campaigned on the idea of freezing federal worker salaries to control the deficit, may soon get to explore the topic further.
Sat, 27 Feb 2010 00:00:00 ESTThe Department of Homeland Security office responsible for protecting the nation from nuclear and radiological terrorism is largely scrapping plans for new high-tech detectors for screening vehicles and cargo, saying they cost too much and do not work as effectively as security officials once mai...
Wed, 24 Feb 2010 00:00:00 ESTMayor Adrian M. Fenty's nominee to lead the city's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency was unanimously approved Tuesday by a D.C. Council committee, despite her lack of experience in the field. The nomination still has to be approved by the full council.
Thu, 17 Dec 2009 00:00:00 ESTThe Department of Homeland Security improperly gathered intelligence on the Nation of Islam for eight months in 2007 when the leader of the black Muslim group, Louis Farrakhan, was in poor health and appeared to be yielding power, according to government documents released Wednesday.
Sat, 05 Dec 2009 00:00:00 ESTAt a hearing in late March, the nation's credit card companies faced the threat of expensive new rules from an unlikely regulator: the House Homeland Security Committee, chaired by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.).
Tue, 27 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDTPrivacy advocates have asked lawmakers to investigate the Department of Homeland Security office in charge of protecting Americans' privacy, saying it has shown "an extraordinary disregard" for its duty.
Thu, 08 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDTPrince William regional jail officials have joined a federal system to tighten their screening of inmates' immigration status and potentially deport those in the United States illegally.
Wed, 30 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDTThe Sept. 23 news story "New Technology Used for Streamlining Data" quoted Aneesh Chopra, the Obama administration's chief technology officer, as saying that under the old immigration system, applicants had to call U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to get status updates.
Thu, 25 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDTThe House passed, 389 to 37, a $44 billion spending bill last night that awards the Homeland Security Department a 7 percent budget increase, with money for more border patrol agents and for anti-piracy efforts off the coast of Somalia.
Fri, 22 May 2009 00:00:00 EDTThe line between what's real and what's not is thin and shifting, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has decided to explore both sides. Boldly going where few government bureaucracies have gone before, the agency is enlisting the expertise of science fiction writers.
Wed, 25 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EDTThe Senate confirmed former Washington governor Gary Locke (D) as commerce secretary yesterday, handing President Obama an easy victory after his first two nominees for the post withdrew. Locke, 59, was the nation's first Chinese American governor, serving two terms from 1997 to 2005. He has...
Tue, 10 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EDTWhen it comes to improving worker morale, Janet Napolitano may wonder what she's gotten herself into.
Tue, 17 Feb 2009 00:00:00 ESTThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security tracked the protest plans of a peaceful Washington area antiwar group and passed the information to the Maryland State Police, which had previously labeled the activists as terrorists in an intelligence file.
Fri, 09 Jan 2009 00:00:00 ESTAfter years of battling historic preservationists, the federal government won approval yesterday to build a massive headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security on a 176-acre hilltop site east of the Anacostia River.
Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:00:00 ESTHomeland security may not be a laughing matter, but ABC's new "Homeland Security USA" has a certain fitful risibility -- like when border agents capture a cache of sinister plastic toys, or discover that one of the items seized as "confiscated food" and initially identified as "a prohibited meat...
Wed, 03 Dec 2008 00:00:00 ESTA chilling report highlights the agency's primary purpose.
Fri, 21 Nov 2008 00:00:00 ESTPresident-elect Barack Obama's pending selection of Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano (D) as secretary of homeland security was greeted yesterday as a sign that the new Democratic administration will fundamentally change the tone of the nation's post-Sept. 11 approach to domestic security.
Thu, 20 Nov 2008 00:00:00 ESTArizona Gov. Janet Napolitano (D), whose handling of immigration issues brought her accolades from fellow governors, is President-elect Barack Obama's choice to serve as secretary of homeland security, Democratic sources said late Wednesday.
Sat, 15 Nov 2008 00:00:00 ESTIn a concession to business groups, the Homeland Security Department will significantly scale back its planned crackdown this winter on federal contractors that hire illegal immigrants.
Tue, 26 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EDTRegarding the Aug. 20 front-page article "Citizens' U.S. Border Crossings Tracked":
Sun, 24 Aug 2008 11:00:58 EDTDERBY LINE, Vt. -- The changes started coming slowly to this small town where the U.S. border with Canada runs across sleepy streets, through houses and families, and smack down the middle of the shared local library.
Fri, 18 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDTMost employees at the Department of Homeland Security like their work, believe it is important and cooperate with others to get the job done. That, no doubt, is a great comfort to the department's senior leaders.
Thu, 20 Mar 2008 00:00:00 EDTPresident Bush yesterday tapped veteran prosecutor Kenneth L. Wainstein to serve as his White House homeland security adviser as he moved to name another key counterterrorism official and defuse criticism that he has left important positions unfilled.
Thu, 06 Mar 2008 00:00:00 ESTThe Department of Homeland Security celebrates its fifth birthday this week, and hopefully not with a bang.
Thu, 28 Feb 2008 00:00:00 ESTHomeland security chief Gordon Aoyagi is planning to end his 23-year career with the county in the spring. Aoyagi's plans were inadvertently disclosed at County Executive Isiah Leggett 's news conference last week to flesh out his reorganization of government departments and agencies.
Mon, 21 Jan 2008 00:00:00 ESTThe handoff to the next administration is a year off, but Paul. A. Schneider , the acting deputy secretary of Homeland Security, is making plans and keeping track of key lieutenants with a color-coded chart.
Wed, 19 Dec 2007 00:00:00 ESTCongress has eliminated hundreds of millions of dollars requested by President Bush for 2008 to start building a giant headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security in the District, officials said yesterday.
Tue, 20 Nov 2007 00:00:00 ESTPresident Bush's chief terrorism adviser announced yesterday that she is stepping down early next year, the latest in a series of high-level exits from the White House as the Bush presidency heads toward its final year.
Fri, 09 Nov 2007 00:00:00 ESTICx Technologies, an Arlington homeland security company with a slate of former government officials serving as board members and top executives, went public yesterday, raising $80 million.
Sun, 04 Nov 2007 00:00:00 EDTThe Bush administration is easing its demand for tough national standards for driver's licenses, acting at the behest of state officials who say the "Real ID" plan is unworkable and too costly, officials familiar with the new policy said.
Sun, 28 Oct 2007 00:00:00 EDTThe Bush administration and New York announced an agreement yesterday to create a generation of super-secure driver's licenses for U.S. citizens, but also to allow illegal immigrants to get a version.
Wed, 17 Oct 2007 00:00:00 EDTAt the Department of Homeland Security, contract employees help write job descriptions for new headquarters workers. Private contractors also sign letters that officially offer employment. And they meet new government hires on their first day on the job.
Sun, 14 Oct 2007 00:00:00 EDTFederal officials will seek approval starting this week for plans to build a giant headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security, a $3 billion undertaking that would transform a dilapidated but historic site in Anacostia.
Wed, 10 Oct 2007 00:00:00 EDTA key rule designed to streamline the handling of major disciplinary appeals by Department of Homeland Security employees is in place -- almost five years after President Bush set it in motion.
Thu, 04 Oct 2007 00:00:00 EDTGov. Martin O'Malley (D) announced this week that he has secured more than $1 million in federal homeland security grant funds for Southern Maryland.
Thu, 06 Sep 2007 00:00:00 EDTHobbled by inadequate funding, unclear priorities, continuing reorganizations and the absence of an overarching strategy, the Department of Homeland Security is failing to achieve its mission of preventing and responding to terrorist attacks or natural disasters, according to a comprehensive report...
Thu, 06 Sep 2007 00:00:00 EDTThe Department of Homeland Security has given up on one of its broadest anti-terrorism data-mining tools after investigators found it was tested with information about real people without the required privacy safeguards.
Sat, 28 Jul 2007 00:00:00 EDTCongress gave final approval yesterday to legislation that requires tighter screening of air and sea cargo, and shifts more federal anti-terrorism grants to high-risk areas such as New York and Washington, delivering on a pledge by Democrats last fall to implement additional recommendations of th...
Thu, 26 Jul 2007 00:00:00 EDTOn issues of staffing, there is a glimmer of progress at the Department of Homeland Security.
Sun, 17 Jun 2007 00:00:00 EDTWhen Rob Nieweg of the National Trust for Historic Preservation toured the abandoned west campus of old St. Elizabeths Hospital a few years ago, he was eager to explore Hitchcock Hall, the theater for the nation's first federal mental institution. As Nieweg waited to get his bearings in the dingy...
Wed, 13 Jun 2007 00:00:00 EDTThe congressional spending season began with a blowup over earmarks in the House yesterday, as the first bill to reach a vote prompted a White House veto threat and scores of amendments from Republicans furious with Democrats' handling of pet-project spending in the measures.
Tue, 29 May 2007 00:00:00 EDTNearly six years and hundreds of millions of dollars in homeland security "investment" after Sept. 11, 2001, and evidently the nation's capital is uncertain about the working condition of its fire hydrants ["More D.C Fire Hydrants May Be Broken," front page, May 24]. Homemade bombs being the cu...
Fri, 25 May 2007 00:00:00 EDTIt's no secret that the government's biggest reorganization in 50 years has been troubled.
Thu, 05 Apr 2007 00:00:00 EDTThe Department of Homeland Security yesterday named a former Maryland official and ex-Marine to coordinate disaster and anti-terrorism preparations for the D.C. area.
Thu, 05 Apr 2007 00:00:00 EDTIt has been eight years since Darrell Darnell applied for work in a newly established Justice Department office that helped states and cities prepare for a catastrophic attack.
Mon, 05 Mar 2007 00:00:00 ESTALONG-DORMANT battle over the Department of Homeland Security's labor practices resurfaced last week in the Senate. The White House threatened to veto a generally sensible homeland security bill that was based on the Sept. 11 commission's recommendations, because of a provision that would allow Transportation Security Administration employees to engage in collective bargaining. In the Senate, 36 Republicans are promising to sustain that decision by President Bush....
Thu, 01 Mar 2007 00:00:00 ESTThe House agreed yesterday to give the government broader powers to review foreign investments in U.S. power plants, ports and other facilities that could be vulnerable to terrorist attacks.
Sat, 17 Feb 2007 00:00:00 ESTHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who yanked embattled Rep. William J. Jefferson off a powerful tax committee last year, has decided to put him on the Homeland Security panel, aides to the Louisiana Democrat confirmed yesterday.
Tue, 13 Feb 2007 00:00:00 ESTMany members of Congress are frustrated by the Department of Homeland Security's performance as it nears the fourth anniversary of its launch. The department's woes include contracting and budget problems, a sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina, turnover in senior ranks and a workforce that gives...
Tue, 06 Feb 2007 00:00:00 ESTPresident Bush's proposed 2008 budget would provide hundreds of millions of dollars for projects in the Washington area, including a new Homeland Security complex in Southeast and improvements to roads and Metro.
Wed, 31 Jan 2007 00:00:00 ESTJob satisfaction ratings from the 2006 Federal Human Capital Survey, announced by the Office of Personnel Management.
Sat, 20 Jan 2007 00:00:00 ESTFirst came duct tape. Then the airport liquid ban. And yesterday, officials unveiled the latest development in the country's war on terror: an American Idol-style contest for homeland security inventors.
Wed, 27 Dec 2006 00:00:00 ESTThe Department of Homeland Security said yesterday that it is investigating how four handguns recently went missing from its headquarters in Northwest Washington.
Sat, 25 Nov 2006 00:00:00 ESTTHE DEPARTMENT of Homeland Security is an MBA's nightmare. When Congress cobbled DHS together in 2002, it took apart and reassembled elements from disparate federal agencies into an uneasy consolidation, too big and too varied, some say, for even the department's tireless head, Michael Chertoff, to adequately control. Instead of synergy, a fair measure of incompetence followed, including, The Post reported Wednesday, embarrassingly poor oversight of the billions of dollars the department has paid to private...
Thu, 16 Nov 2006 00:00:00 ESTAfter a long, tough day of screening luggage at Dulles International Airport, Michael Sbandi and Joel Mayer retired to the Sweetwater Tavern for a few drinks. A few became too many, and right about closing time, a big crate that appeared on the floor of the bar suddenly struck the two young men as a...
Wed, 15 Nov 2006 00:00:00 ESTEVEN BEFORE Sept. 11, 2001, emergency care specialists at Washington Hospital Center had been developing plans to better deal with the medical consequences of horrific events such as terrorism, disasters and epidemics. The result -- an emergency facility able to cope with catastrophe -- will become...
Mon, 30 Oct 2006 00:00:00 ESTIn March 1964, a great earthquake shattered homes, harbors, roads, and water and sewer systems in Alaska, destroying communities vital to the state's economic life. Without significant rebuilding before the winter freeze, officials feared, citizens would be forced to flee to the lower 48 states.
Sat, 07 Oct 2006 00:00:00 EDTPresident Bush reserved the right to ignore key changes in Congress's overhaul of the Federal Emergency Management Agency -- including a requirement to appoint someone with experience handling disasters as the agency's head -- in setting aside dozens of provisions contained in a major homeland...
Wed, 27 Sep 2006 00:00:00 EDTAt the Department of Homeland Security, litigation over new workplace rules is out.
Sun, 24 Sep 2006 00:00:00 EDTEager to showcase fresh votes on national security before the fall elections, Congress has loaded a $34 billion homeland security spending bill with measures to beef up defenses at the nation's borders, ports and chemical plants and to revamp its disaster management.
Thu, 14 Sep 2006 00:00:00 EDTAfter two years of painstaking effort, officials from the Washington region approved a homeland security strategic plan yesterday, listing steps to improve disaster response in everything from decontaminating victims of a chemical attack to providing for stranded pets.
Mon, 11 Sep 2006 00:00:00 EDTThe Department of Homeland Security is taking a critical look at how well the Washington area is prepared for a terrorist strike or other disaster, amid complaints by business leaders and the local congressional delegation about a lack of sufficient emergency planning since the Sept. 11, 2001,...
Thu, 07 Sep 2006 00:00:00 EDTOn Monday, we observe the fifth anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. I hope we all pause to honor those who lost their lives on that day in New York, at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pa. It is important that we all commemorate those who sacrificed so much and remember their bravery in the face of...
Sat, 12 Aug 2006 00:00:00 EDTFormer U.S. attorney general John D. Ashcroft, whose tenure saw the creation of a burgeoning homeland security industry, has emerged as the highest-ranking former Bush administration official to lobby for and invest in companies in that field.
Fri, 11 Aug 2006 00:00:00 EDTThe domestic response to yesterday's arrests in Britain drew cautious praise for the Bush administration's often beleaguered Department of Homeland Security.
Thu, 27 Jul 2006 00:00:00 EDTThe multibillion-dollar surge in federal contracting to bolster the nation's domestic defenses in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has been marred by extensive waste and misspent funds, according to a new bipartisan congressional report.
Wed, 19 Jul 2006 00:00:00 EDTPay for federal executives at two key departments -- Defense and Homeland Security -- lagged most other agencies in fiscal 2005, a recently released report shows.
Mon, 17 Jul 2006 00:00:00 EDTHunton & Williams LLP said Maureen C. Cooney, the acting chief privacy officer at the Department of Homeland Security, will join the firm's privacy and information management practice in the District office in September.
Fri, 30 Jun 2006 00:00:00 EDTHomeland Security officials yesterday announced 25 winners of the largest technology contract in the department's short history, a deal that could be worth up to $45 billion over the next seven years.
Sat, 24 Jun 2006 00:00:00 EDTDespite the unabated threat of terrorism and the arrival of another hurricane season, the nation's top Homeland Security official had time yesterday to publicly ponder this question:
Fri, 23 Jun 2006 00:00:00 EDTThe union election is one of the largest ever conducted inside the government. The winner gets a larger voice on high-profile issues, such as terrorism and immigration, and could pick up thousands of new dues-paying members.
Thu, 01 Jun 2006 00:00:00 EDTThe Department of Homeland Security yesterday slashed anti-terrorism money for Washington and New York, part of an immediately controversial decision to reduce grant funds for major urban areas in the Northeast while providing more to mid-size cities from Jacksonville to Sacramento.
Fri, 19 May 2006 00:00:00 EDTIt's no secret that morale is a problem at the Homeland Security Department, created three years ago in a mega-merger that pulled together 185,000 employees working in more than 220 occupations.
Sun, 14 May 2006 00:00:00 EDTOPEN TARGET Where America Is Vulnerable to Attack By Clark Kent Ervin
Mon, 01 May 2006 00:00:00 EDTLoop readers know the heart-warmingly redemptive tale of Michael D. Brown , the former Bush loyalist tossed out of his FEMA job after Hurricane Katrina, only to emerge as a vocal administration critic and speech-giving consultant.
Thu, 27 Apr 2006 00:00:00 EDTHurricane Katrina exposed flaws in the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security that are "too substantial to mend," and FEMA should be dismantled and rebuilt inside the troubled department, according to the final report by Senate investigators.
Wed, 12 Apr 2006 00:00:00 EDTVendors at this week's homeland security convention have the answer for any catastrophe. They will sell you body armor, vehicle barriers, nuclear detectors, manhole-cover locks, unmanned helicopters -- and Kyrgyz yurts.
Fri, 07 Apr 2006 00:00:00 EDT"You know what Justice Black used to say? Flexibility is mush."