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Tag: Homeland Security

Homeland Security Pressured to Adopt Strict Rule about Employee Behavior Abroad

visasBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security officials have been caught drinking, using drugs and soliciting prostitutes while working outside of the country.

Now the inspector general wants Homeland Security to adopt specific policies to prevent such behavior while abroad, the Federal Times reports. 

The inspector general examined the departments policies for the 1,5000 employees who work outside the country and discovered very few guidelines for off-duty behavior.

“To minimize the risk of misconduct and its potential negative effect on the Department’s ability to accomplish its mission, DHS should ensure it has comprehensive policies specifically addressing off-duty conduct abroad and make certain all employees traveling and working abroad are adequately trained and acknowledge and understand these policies,” the report said.

Secret Service Disciplines 41 Agents Who Disclosed Personnel Files of Rep. Chaffetz

secret serviceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

More than 40 Secret Service agents were disciplined stemming from the disclosure of the personnel files of Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.

The agent who leaked the information has resigned, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said.

The investigation led to 41 agents being disciplined, from receiving letters of reprimand to suspensions without pay for up to 45 days, ABC News reports. 

“Like many others I was appalled by the episode reflected in the Inspector General’s report, which brought real discredit to the Secret Service,” said Johnson.

Agents searched the confidential personnel file of Chaffetz, who was investigating a number of security lapses and scandals at the Secret Service.

Former Homeland Security Director Won’t Vote for Trump or Clinton for President

Tom Ridge

Tom Ridge

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge said on Tuesday he won’t vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton for president.

“Every four years since my 18th birthday, I have pulled the lever in support of the Republican nominee for President of the United States,” wrote Ridge in an op-ed for Pennlive.com. “That streak will end this November.”

The long-time Republican said he is “disappointed that he is our party’s nominee.”

“With a bumper sticker approach to policy, his bombastic tone reflects the traits of a bully, not an American president and statesman,” he wrote. “If he cannot unite Republicans, how can he unite America? I simply cannot endorse him.”

“Similarly, I cannot support Hillary Clinton, a divisive and untrustworthy candidate who will advance and extend failed Obama policies that have greatly weakened our nation’s economy and security,” Ridge continued.

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First 7 Students Graduate with Newly Created Minor in Homeland Security

The College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the State University of New York in Albany.

The College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the State University of New York in Albany.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The first seven students graduated with a newly created minor in homeland security and other emergency fields at a New York state college, the Washington Times reports. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that the students may play an important role in responding to emergencies that range from terrorism to extreme weather.

The first academic year at the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the State University of New York in Albany attracted more than 270 students.

State education officials hope to soon create a major in the field.

Report: FBI ‘Best Place to Work’ in Federal Law Enforcement

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI was ranked the best place to work in the federal law enforcement by the Partnership of Public Service and Deloitte.

The FBI scored higher in the report than any other federal law enforcement agency, Federal Times reports. 

Employees were generally happier working for law enforcement than any other type of federal agency.

But employees for agencies within the Justice Department and Homeland Security ranked low, largely because of morale problems.

The report recommended instituting wellness programs and better handling limited resources for employees.

Homeland Security Released Nearly 20,000 Criminal Immigrants in 2015

immigrationBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security released nearly 20,000 criminal immigrants in 2015, largely because the convicts’ countries wouldn’t take them back.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officials said they often have no choice but to release the criminals back into the U.S. after they serve their time, Newsday reports. 

Many of them have been convicted of violent crimes, such as murder and sexual assault.

Some members of Congress criticized ICE for releasing the immigrants.

“What is unacceptable is even one (release). Why did you release even one person?” Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, asked Saldana.

ICE Director Sarah Saldana said her agency is developing a item to alert local authorities when a criminal is released back into society.

Chaffetz said that’s not enough.

“They got caught committing a crime. They were convicted of the crime and instead of following the law and deporting them, you released them … and they commit more crimes,” Chaffetz said. “That is so wholly unacceptable.”

Homeland Security Officer Accused of Killing Wife, 2 Others During 2 Days of Violence

Eulalio “Leo” Tordil

Eulalio “Leo” Tordil

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Homeland Security police officer is accused of killing his estranged wife and two others during a two-day rampage of violence.

Eulalio “Leo” Tordil, 62, was arrested Friday afternoon and is charged with first-degree murder and related charges.

The Washington Post reports that the Federal Protection Service stripped Tordil of his gun and badge in March after his wife was granted a protective order. She said her husband “threatened to harm me if I leave.”

The incident allegedly provoked the rampage in Maryland. Tordil is accused of shooting his wife and four seeming strangers. His wife and two of the others died.

Authorities to Examine Airflow at New York Subways to Prepare for Possible Terrorism

New York City Subway.

New York City Subway.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Authorities are examining the airflow of tunnels in the New York subway to prepare for a potential biological chemical attack.

The massive study will involve a small device that authorities hope will play a big role in the event of a terrorist attack, CBS New York reports. 

“This is important information to help local authorities enhance their emergency preparedness for an event that might occur in the subway if there’s a release of biological material or a chemical material,” Dr. Donald Bansleb with Homeland Security said.

About 200 chemical tracers will be placed at dozens of subway stations across the city as part of a five-dat airflow test.

“This will tell us in real time data aerosol concentrations and the particle concentrations in the stations after we do the release,” laboratory engineer David Brown said.

“That will help authorities to predict boundaries of contamination if there is a release of a substance,” Bansleb said.

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