Spencer S. Hsu
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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Aug 08, 2007 States Feel Left Out Of Disaster Planning
QUOTE: A decision by the Bush administration to rewrite in secret the nation's emergency response blueprint has angered state and local emergency officials, who worry that Washington is repeating a series of mistakes that contributed to its bungled response to Hurricane Katrina nearly two years ago.
Washington Post Aug 03, 2007 Border Computers Vulnerable to Attack: GAO Report Details Problems in System
QUOTE: Homeland Security officials said that many vulnerabilities exist throughout the network... These vulnerabilities could, in turn, spread the risk of cyber-attacks or data losses to some of the government's most sensitive security databases, the officials said.
Washington Post Jul 20, 2007 FEMA Knew Of Toxic Gas In Trailers: Hurricane Victims Reported Illnesses
QUOTE: The Federal Emergency Management Agency since early 2006 has suppressed warnings from its own field workers about health problems experienced by hurricane victims living in government-provided trailers with levels of a toxic chemical 75 times the recommended maximum for U.S. workers, congressional lawmakers said yesterday.
Washington Post Jul 19, 2007 D.C., New York Get Biggest Increases in Counterterrorism Aid
QUOTE: The Department of Homeland Security increased counterterrorism funding for Washington and New York City yesterday but warned that doling out more federal cash to the nation's largest urban areas would require the virtual elimination of aid to mid-size cities.
Washington Post Jul 09, 2007 Job Vacancies At DHS Said To Hurt U.S. Preparedness: A Fourth of Top Positions Not Filled, Report Says
QUOTE: The Bush administration has failed to fill roughly a quarter of the top leadership posts at the Department of Homeland Security, creating a "gaping hole" in the nation's preparedness for a terrorist attack or other threat...
Washington Post Jun 19, 2007 State Dept. Faulted on Hill for Passport Delays
QUOTE: The State Department did not head off a massive backlog of passport applications before this summer's peak travel season...Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) said the State Department should consider refunding a fee to applicants who paid an extra $60, on top of the regular $97 passport fee, for expedited processing.
Washington Post Jun 11, 2007 Breach Shows Borders Still Vulnerable: Inspectors' Workload Is Cited as Factor
QUOTE: tuberculosis carrier Andrew Speaker’s illicit reentry to America...underscored much broader gaps in border security...
Washington Post May 28, 2007 Immigration Agency Mired In Inefficiency
QUOTE: As the nation debates whether, and how, to legalize as many as 12 million illegal immigrants living here, the agency that would spearhead the effort is confronting its reputation as a broken bureaucracy whose inefficiency encourages more illegal immigration and paradoxical disincentives to change.
Washington Post May 26, 2007 FEMA Pricing Of Trailers Called Unfair And Wasteful
QUOTE: The Federal Emergency Management Agency has sold trailers to victims of the 2005 hurricanes at prices that range from $1 to $20,000, under inconsistent policies that prompted a temporary ban on all trailer sales, according to a new government report.
Washington Post May 20, 2007 No Easy Path to Immigration Reform: Senate's Comprehensive Proposal Raises Concerns About Implementation
QUOTE: But many aspects of the [immigration overhaul] proposal pose enormous implementation challenges, whose consequences would be felt not just by an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants but by every U.S. employer, worker and new legal immigrant in coming years.
Washington Post Apr 29, 2007 Most Katrina Aid From Overseas Went Unclaimed
QUOTE: Many of the U.S. diplomats who received the message, however, were beginning to witness a more embarrassing reality. They knew the U.S. government was turning down many allies' offers of manpower, supplies and expertise worth untold millions of dollars. Eventually the United States also would fail to collect most of the unprecedented outpouring of international cash assistance for Katrina's victims.
Washington Post Apr 13, 2007 Tons of Food Spoiled As FEMA Ran Out Of Storage Space
QUOTE: As many as 6 million prepared meals stockpiled near potential victims of the 2006 hurricane season spoiled in the Gulf Coast heat last summer when the Federal Emergency Management Agency ran short of warehouse and refrigeration space, according to agency officials.
Washington Post Mar 08, 2007 FEMA Taking Hit on Sale of Surplus Trailers
QUOTE: The Federal Emergency Management Agency hurriedly bought 145,000 trailers and mobile homes just before and after Katrina hit, spending $2.7 billion largely through no-bid contracts. Now, it is selling off as many as 41,000 of the homes, netting, so far, about 40 cents on each dollar spent by taxpayers. Thousands more of the homes -- critics say more than 8,000 -- have never been used and cannot be sold immediately, even though scores of people in the South have been made homeless by recent storms.
Washington Post Feb 23, 2007 Janitorial Service Officials Charged in Sweep of Illegal Immigrants
QUOTE: Three top executives of a janitorial service used by such national restaurant chains as Hard Rock Cafe and ESPN Zone face charges of tax evasion, fraud and harboring illegal immigrants, U.S. officials announced yesterday, after overnight raids in 18 states netted about 200 undocumented workers.
Washington Post Feb 08, 2007 Coast Guard Failed to Properly Oversee Contracts, Officials Say: Questions Rise About Contractors Handling National Defense Business
QUOTE: Even as contractors built patrol boats with buckling hulls and a large new cutter with structural flaws, a U.S. Coast Guard review gave their performance high marks last year, extended their deal for nearly four years and paid them a multimillion-dollar bonus, government investigators said.
Washington Post Feb 01, 2007 Increased Immigration Fees Denounced
QUOTE: Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) joined a chorus of immigrant advocacy groups in condemning the Bush administration's plan to charge legal immigrants significantly more money to obtain green cards, adjust their residency status and bring relatives to the United States.
Washington Post Dec 09, 2006 Traveler Data Program Defied Ban, Critics Say: Congress Barred Funds for DHS Development
QUOTE: The Department of Homeland Security violated a congressional funding ban when it continued to develop a computerized program that creates risk assessments of travelers entering and leaving the United States...several key members of Congress said that they were in the dark about the program and that it violated their intentions.
Washington Post Nov 03, 2006 U.S. Plans to Screen All Who Enter, Leave Country: Personal Data Will Be Cross-Checked With Terrorism Watch Lists; Risk Profiles to Be Stored for Years
QUOTE: "The federal government disclosed details yesterday of a border-security program to screen all people who enter and leave the United States, create a terrorism risk profile of each individual and retain that information for up to 40 years."
Washington Post Sep 06, 2006 Proposals to Revise FEMA May Be in Jeopardy on Capitol Hill
QUOTE: "The normal sausage-making of legislation is not going to get us what we need," said Max Stier, president of the Partnership for Public Service. Several investigations into the response to Hurricane Katrina showed a need for far-reaching changes, he said, and "dollars to back it up."
Washington Post Jul 27, 2006 Homeland Security Contracts Abused: Report Finds Extensive Waste
QUOTE: The 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.
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