DHS Acting Secretary Duke Remarks from Constitution Week Naturalization Ceremony.

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Release Date:  September 15, 2017 As Delivered ACTING SECRETARY DUKE:  Thank you, Archivist Ferriero. It is a privilege for me to join you and your families today, on your first day as citizens of the United States of America. It is especially an honor to stand here, in the Rotunda, among the Charters of Freedom, and reflect on the promise of this great nation.  For years, before I was the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, I taught civics to people preparing for their naturalization test—a test each of you knows…

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Remarks for the Council for New American Security Conference.

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Release Date:  June 28, 2017 – As Delivered –   SECRETARY KELLY:  Thanks very much. I want to make a few comments about a new initiative that will be made public now and then sitdown and take some questions. But thank you, Richard. The top I want to make comments on has to do with aviation security. I don’t have to tell anyone in the world that was alive then that since 9/11, the United States has seen a series of attempts on commercial aviation: A shoe bomber. Liquid explosives.…

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Overview of Federal Efforts to Prepare for and Respond to Hurricane Maria.

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FEMA Public Affairs (Español) On August 25, 2017, FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) was fully activated to a Level I with all emergency support functions operational, including Department of Defense (DoD) liaisons in preparation for Hurricane Harvey. The NRCC remains at a Level I activation. Prior to the arrival of Hurricane Maria, federal personnel were already positioned on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in response to Hurricane Irma. These personnel included federal coordinating officers and Incident Management Assistance Teams (IMATs) on both the U.S. Virgin Islands and…

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Cyber Security Awareness Month Is Here.

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You do not have to be a computer expert to understand the basics of cybersecurity. Even small actions can make a huge difference in keeping you safe online. As cybercrimes like scams, frauds, identity theft, and network breaches continue to increase, it is more important than ever to know how to protect yourself in the cyber world.   October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and DHS’s Stop.Think.Connect.™ campaign and its partners across the country are highlighting the importance of cybersecurity and online safety.     It is easier than…

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

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DHS is proud to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Each October, we celebrate the varied contributions and accomplishments of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is, “Inclusion Drives Innovation.” During the announcement of this year’s theme, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta stated, “Americans of all abilities must have access to good, safe jobs. Smart employers know that including different perspectives in problem-solving situations leads to better solutions. Hiring employees with diverse abilities strengthens their business, increases competition, and drives innovation.” At DHS we are committed to building…

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Service Dog Gunner Provides Invaluable Services to Tampa HERO, iGuardian.

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When Justin Gaertner gets married in October, his dog “Gunner” will be by his side. It’s only right, as Gunner has been by the side of Gaertner, a computer forensic analyst with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Tampa office, since 2012.     Justin Gaertner and his full-time service dog Gunner. (Photo courtesy of ICE Public Affairs)   Gaertner was injured in an improvised explosive device blast in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving Day 2010.  He lost both of his legs above the knees and experienced severe damage…

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National Preparedness Month – You Are the Help Until the Help Arrives.

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September 17-23 is the third week of National Preparedness Month. During this week, we ask that you take some time to practice and refine your family emergency plans. Often you are the help until help arrives. That’s why practice makes perfect! Practice your plans by completing an exercise, workshop, or training. In addition, check out the below information that can help prepare you and your family for the unexpected.     Did you know that a person with severe bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, before trained medical responders can arrive?  Though many…

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ICE Deploys Over 200 Personnel to Assist with Hurricane Harvey Rescue Efforts.

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has deployed approximately 200 law enforcement personnel from Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) and Special Response Teams (SRTs) around the country to provide security for search and rescue teams and to assist with search and rescue operations in Southeast Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey.  Photo left, badge from a Homeland Security Investigations Rapid Response Team uniform. Photo top right, water collected by ICE employees to be distributed to individuals affected by Hurricane Harvey. Photo bottom right, ICE employee organizes water to distribute to individuals affected by Hurricane Harvey. (Photos courtesy of ICE Public Affairs)   About…

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National Preparedness Month – Make an Emergency Plan.

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September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), an opportunity to encourage Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities. The theme for this year’s observance is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”  In addition, NPM is broken down into weekly themes to help keep you and your loved ones prepared: Week 1:  September 1-9, Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends Week 2:  September 10-16, Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community Week 3:  September 17-23, Practice and Build Out Your Plans Week…

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DHS’s Claire Grady Discusses Efforts to Curb Terrorist Recruitment Online At the 2017 United Nations General Assembly
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Today, Claire Grady, the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS), joined United Kingdom Prime Minister May, Italy Prime Minister Gentiloni and French President Macron at the United Nations General Assembly to discuss efforts to curb terrorist recruitment online. Ms. Grady’s remarks as prepared are below. Good evening. I’d like to thank our UK allies for arranging this event, the tech companies who are on the digital front lines of this fight, and the nations in this room who recognize the threat and are…

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DHS Selects Winners of a New Nuclear Forensics Research Award.

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) selected Colorado State University (CSU), in collaboration with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the University of Texas at Austin (UTA), partnering with the Air Force Technical Applications Center as the first DHS Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Nuclear Forensics Research Award (NFRA) recipients. The Nuclear Forensics Research Awards support cutting edge research in nuclear forensics. Nuclear forensics allows the United States Government to identify those responsible for a terrorist nuclear attack. Last month, DNDO visited faculty and students at both CSU and UTA to launch…

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Canada and FEMA Work Together to Assist Hurricane Survivors.

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In keeping with a tradition of cross-border emergency assistance, the Government of Canada offered its assistance to the United States following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.   After receiving Canada’s offer to support Harvey relief efforts, FEMA’s International Affairs Division, in consultation with Mass Care experts in the National Response Coordination Center, identified select pediatric supplies including cribs, pillows, and baby formula as being a critical need for many survivors.  Responding to a formal request from FEMA, our Canadian counterparts then began to procure the list of target commodities and…

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DHS Releases Results of 2017 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.

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For Immediate ReleaseOffice of the Press SecretaryContact: 202-282-8010 WASHINGTON – Today, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released its 2017 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) results. This government-wide survey was administered to over one million employees throughout 80 agencies, including a sample of 96,776 DHS employees. Of the 15 cabinet-level agencies surveyed, DHS achieved the largest increase in both the Employee Engagement Index (EEI) and the Global Satisfaction Index (GSI). The DHS EEI increased four percentage points from 2016-2017 and the GSI increased six percentage points during the same time…

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Coordinated Federal Support Continues for U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Following Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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For Immediate ReleaseFEMA News DeskPhone: 202-646-3272 WASHINGTON – FEMA and the full force of the federal government continue to make progress towards recovery, working hand-in-hand with U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico officials, municipalities, businesses, and voluntary agencies on the islands since Hurricane Irma’s landfall on Sept. 6 and Hurricane Maria’s landfall on Sept. 19. Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused catastrophic damage across both the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. After enduring two Category IV hurricanes in less than two weeks, nearly all critical infrastructure was devastated.  While very real…

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Written testimony of NPPD for a House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness Response, and Communications hearing titled “Assessing First Responder Communications”.

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210 House Capitol Visitor Center Thank you, Chairman Donovan, Ranking Member Payne, and esteemed members of the subcommittee. It is a pleasure to be here once again to discuss the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts in enhancing the Nation’s interoperable emergency communications. Before my last appearance in front of this Subcommittee, the Department had just released the 2014 National Emergency Communications Plan, which identified the unprecedented change public safety communications will be going through with the deployment of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network…

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FEMA Approves More Than $140 Million in Assistance to Puerto Rico.

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For Immediate ReleaseFEMA News DeskPhone: 202-646-3272 SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved more than $44 million for assistance to individuals and more than $96 million for emergency work in response to hurricanes Irma and Maria. FEMA continues to take registrations from residents of Puerto Rico who incurred damages to their homes and personal property as a result of hurricanes Irma and Maria.  Individuals and households in Puerto Rico can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov, or by calling 1-800-621-3362 or TTY 1-800-462-7585.  FEMA teams are also…

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Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke’s Statement on Immigration Legislation: Priorities and Principles.

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For Immediate ReleaseOffice of the Press SecretaryContact: 202-282-8010 WASHINGTON – Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke’s statement on the President’s Immigration Legislation: Priorities and Principles sent today to the U.S. Congress: “When crafting the Administration’s immigration principles, the President asked us to focus on measures that will assist the Department of Homeland Security’s law enforcement personnel with what they need to enforce our immigration laws, secure our border, and protect American communities across this country. “DHS frontline personnel identified many of the principles outlined today, including closing loopholes…

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Island-Wide Radio System Coming Back Online.

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For Immediate ReleaseFEMA News DeskPhone: 202-646-3272 SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Approximately one-third of the island’s VHF radio system is back on-line allowing for communication between more than 30 municipalities. The system is expected to be fully functional throughout the island by early next week.  The repair and energizing of the system will now allow for communication between municipalities and with the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency.  Since Hurricane Maria, communication has been out across the island, hampering the ability of mayors to communicate their needs. The restoration is joined…

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