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Homeland Security Inspector General Is Accused of Mismanagement, Nepotism

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The acting inspector general of Homeland Security is accused of mismanagement and nepotism, the New York Post reports.

Documents obtained by the Post show that Charles Edwards took at least four jaunts on the taxpayers’ dime and employed his wife.

Never mind that Edwards’ job is to protect the agency from violating rules and laws.

At least four of the trips involved travels to Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, where Edwards was attending a computer information-sciences degree at Nova Southeastern University, according to the Post.

“If those allegations turn out to be true, then this deputy inspector general is violating his role as a public servant who is being paid on the taxpayer dime,” said Mary Beth Hutchins, of the group Cause of Action.

President Obama to Search for New Homeland Security Secretary to Replace Napolitano

 

Janet Napolitano

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

President Obama soon will have to replace Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano after she announced Friday that she’s resigning to head the University of California system, the Washington Post reports.

Napolitano plans to resign in September, which gives Obama a little more than a month to find a replacement.

The White House gave no indication of a deadline or about who is in the running, The Post reported.

The next Homeland Security secretary is important because he or she will be responsible for overhauling the immigration system.

Janet Napolitano Says Adios: Stepping Down as Head of Homeland Security


Janet Napolitano meets with President Obama/file photo, homeland security

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Janet Napolitano, who had been a steady hand in the Obama administration for more than four years, announced Friday she was stepping down as head of the Department of Homeland Security to take a job as president of the University of California system.

“For more than four years I have had the privilege of serving President Obama and his Administration as the Secretary of Homeland Security,” she said in a statement.

“The opportunity to work with the dedicated men and women of the Department of Homeland Security, who serve on the frontlines of our nation’s efforts to protect our communities and families from harm, has been the highlight of my professional career.

“We have worked together to minimize threats of all kinds to the American public. The Department has improved the safety of travelers; implemented smart steps that make our immigration system more fair and focused while deploying record resources to protect our nation’s borders; worked with states to build resiliency and make our nation’s emergency and disaster response capabilities more robust; and partnered with the private sector to improve our cybersecurity.

“After four plus years of focusing on these challenges, I will be nominated as the next President of the University of California to play a role in educating our nation’s next generation of leaders.”

U.S House Approves Spending Increase in Homeland Security’s Budget, But Veto Looms

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

While many federal agencies are getting the budget ax, the House of Representatives on Thursday approved a nearly $1 billion increase in the Department of Homeland Security’s $39 billion budget, Reuters reports.

The Republican-controlled chamber voted predominately along party lines, 245-182.

But the budget plan faces a possible veto from President Obama because of disputes over federal spending.

Another bill is floating in the Democrat-led Senate, Reuters reported.

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Homeland Security Agent Hit by Car, Shoots Fleeing Driver

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Homeland Security special agent assisting in a multi-agency narcotics operation in Washington state was hit by a car and then shot the fleeing driver, The News Tribune reports.

The suspect’s condition was unknown at the time, but the agent suffered a minor injury and is expected to fully recover, The News Tribune wrote.

The shooting happened in Lakewood about 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Involved in the investigation were ICE, Homeland Security, DEA, Lakewood Police Special Operations Unit, and ATF.

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State Homeland Security Director in South Dakota Announces Retirement After Leading Since 2010

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

South Dakota Homeland Security Director James Carpenter plans to retire after serving state government for 35 years, the Associated Press reports.

Director since 2010, Carpenter plans to retire June 8.

His plans? Hunting, fishing and spending time with his family, the AP wrote.

The Department of Public Safety is expected to soon refill the post.

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Driver Pulls Gun on Off-Duty Homeland Security Officer in Philadelphia

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An off-duty Homeland Security officer told police an erratic driver pointed a gun at him in Philadelphia, the Chestnut Hill Patch reports.

The unidentified officer said he approached an erratically driven car to see if the driver was OK when the driver pulled out a semi-automatic handgun.

The officer drove off and called police, Patch reported.

No one was injured.

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