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Influenza Pandemic: Lessons Learned from the H1N1 Pandemic Should Be Incorporated into Future Planning

Effect of Food and Beverage Prices on Children’s Weights

by Bernice Steinhardt and Marcia Crosse
Paperback, 67 pages, 2011, $25.00
ISBN: 9781437988318

The 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic was the first human pandemic in over four decades; the CDC estimates that there were 89 million U.S. cases. Over $6 billion was available for the response, led by the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Homeland Security, with coordination provide by the Homeland Security Council through its National Security Staff.

In particular, CDC worked with states and localities to communicate with the public and to distribute H1N1 vaccine and supplies. This report examines: (1) how CDC used the funding; (2) the key issues raised by the federal response; and (3) the actions taken to identify and incorporate lessons learned. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand report.

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August 10, 2011 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Critical Infrastructure Protection

Critical Infrastructure Protection: DHS Has Taken Action Designed to Identify and Address Overlaps and Gaps in Infrastructure Security Activities

by Stephen L. Caldwell
Paperback, 29 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 1437987907

This report reviews the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) framework for securing critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR), and subsequent agency comments. The report provides information on: (1) how DHS coordinates with CIKR stakeholders to identify overlaps and gaps in CIKR security activities across all sectors; (2) how DHS addresses these potential overlaps in CIKR security activities; and (3) how DHS addresses CIKR security gaps. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand edition of an important, hard-to-find publication.

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June 27, 2011 at 9:53 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: FEMA has Made Limited Progress in Efforts to Develop and Implement a System to Assess National Preparedness Capabilities

FEMA has Made Limited Progress in Efforts to Develop and Implement a System to Assess National Preparedness Capabilities

by William O. Jenkins
Paperback, 47 pages, 2010, $25.00
ISBN: 1437942156

This congressional briefing on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) efforts to assess national preparedness examines: (1) the usefulness and limitations of the national preparedness capabilities data that have been collected to date through selected evaluation efforts as described by FEMA; and (2) the extent to which FEMA has made progress in its national preparedness capability assessment efforts since a previous report in April 2009. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand edition of an important, hard-to-find publication.

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April 5, 2011 at 9:07 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Chemical Facility Security

Chemical Facility Security: Issues and Options for the 112th Congress

by Dana A. Shea
Paperback, 25 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 1437983278

The Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) regulates chemical facilities for security purposes. The 111th Congress extended this authority through March 4, 2011, and debated the scope and details of reauthorization. Some Members of Congress supported an extension of the existing authority. Other Members called for revision and more extensive codification of chemical facility security regulatory provisions. There are questions regarding the current law’s effectiveness in reducing chemical facility risk and the sufficiency of federal funding for chemical facility security. Contents of this report: Introduction; Overview of Statute and Regulation; Implementation; Policy Issues; Policy Options; Congressional Action. Tables. This is a print on demand report.

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March 29, 2011 at 12:05 pm Leave a comment

New Government Report: Performance of 287(g) Agreements between Immigration and Customs Enforcement and State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies

Performance of 287(g) Agreements between Immigration and Customs Enforcement and State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies
by Richard L. Skinner
Paperback, 87 pages, 2010, ISBN: 9781437933901, $25.00

State and local police officers who enforce federal immigration laws are not adequately screened, trained or supervised, and the civil rights of the immigrants they deal with are not consistently protected, according to a report released Friday by the Department of Homeland Security inspector general, reports the New York Times.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) delegates federal immigration enforcement authorities to state and local law enforcement agencies through its authority under section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

This report examines the performance of 287(g) agreements with state and local authorities. ICE permits designated officers to perform certain immigration enforcement functions.

This report observed instances in which ICE and participating law enforcement agencies were not operating in compliance with the terms of the agreements.

It also noted several areas in which ICE had not instituted controls to promote effective program operations and address related risks. Includes recommendations. Illustrations.

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August 4, 2010 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

New Government Report: Terrorism in Southeast Asia (ISBN: 9781437925685)

Questioning Supreme Court Nominees About Their Views on Legal or Constitutional Issues: A Recurring Issue (ISBN: 9781437935899)
By Denis Steven Rutkus
(Paperback, 25 pages, 2010, $20.00)

Contents of this report: (I) The Rise of Islamist Militancy in Southeast Asia: Overview; The Rise of Al Qaeda in Southeast Asia; (II) The Jemaah Islamiyah Network: History of Jemaah Islamiyah; Jemaah Islamiyah’s Relationship to Al Qaeda; Jemaah Islamiyah’s Size and Structure; Major Plots; (III) Indonesia: Recent Events; Background; The Bali Bombings and Other JI attacks in Indonesia; The Trial and Release of Baasyir; U.S.-Indonesia Cooperation; (IV) The Philippines: Abu Sayyaf; The MILF; The Philippine Communist Party (CPP); U.S. Support for Philippine Military Operations; (V) Thailand: Southern Insurgency; Approaches of Recent Governments; Current Government’s Approach; Little Evidence of Transnational Elements; Leadership of Insurgency Unclear; U.S.-Thai Cooperation; (VI) Malaysia: Recent Events; A Muslim Voice of Moderation; Maritime Concerns; Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in Malaysia; Terrorist Groups in Malaysia; Malaysia’s Counter-Terrorism Efforts and Their Critics; U.S.-Malaysia Counter-Terrorism Cooperation; (VII) Singapore: U.S.-Singapore Cooperation; Enhanced Homeland Security. Maps.

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July 15, 2010 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Maritime Security: Varied Actions Taken to Enhance Cruise Ship Security, but Some Concerns Remain (ISBN: 9781437933260)

Maritime Security: Varied Actions Taken to Enhance Cruise Ship Security, but Some Concerns Remain (ISBN: 9781437933260)
By Stephen L. Caldwell (Paperback, 52 pages, 2010, $20)

The Canada Free Press reported earlier in the week that cruise ships could become greater targets for terrorists, especially Somali pirates:

Agency officials reported in January 2010 that there had been no credible threats against cruise ships in the prior 12 months, but also noted the presence of terrorist groups that have the capability to attack a cruise ship. Agency officials and terrorism researchers also identified terrorists boarding a cruise ship as a concern.

Over 9 million passengers departed from U.S. ports on cruise ships in 2008, and according to agency officials, cruise ships are attractive terrorist targets.

This report addresses the extent to which: (1) the Coast Guard, the lead federal agency on maritime security, assessed risk in accordance with the Deptartment of Homeland Security’s guidance and identified risks; and (2) federal agencies, cruise ship and facility operators, and law enforcement entities have taken actions to protect cruise ships and their facilities.

The report reviewed relevant requirements and agency documents on maritime security, analyzed 2006 through 2008 security operations data, and made observations at seven ports. Includes recommendations. Charts and tables.

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May 20, 2010 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Emergency Communications: Broadband and the Future of 911

Emergency Communications: Broadband and the Future of 911
By Linda K. Moore (Paperback, 30 pages, 2010, $20)

Today’s 911 system is built on an infrastructure of analog technology that cannot support many of the features most Americans expect is a part of an emergency response, reports TMCnet. As a result, state, local and federal agencies will have to invest in new technologies.

This report’s contents are: (I) Introduction: An Outdated System; (II) The Next Generation: NG9-1-1; (III) Summary of 911 Legislation and Policy: The 911 Act and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Regulations: FCC Study: The Hatfield Report; The ENHANCE 911 Act of 2004; The NET 911 Improvement Act of 2008; (IV) Funding and Grants: Investment in Infrastructure: Wireless Devices; Local Networks; Call Centers; Interfaces with First Responders; Federal Grants; (V) Creating the Base for Change: NG9-1-1 Transition: Dept. of Transportation (DOT); NG9-1-1 Transition: NENA; NG9-1-1 Transition: FCC; (IV) The Potential Role of the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS): National Emergency Communications Plan; Regional Emergency Communication Coordination; (VII) National Broadband Plan; (VIII) Congressional Policy for NG9-1-1. Appendix A: 911 Legislation and Policy; Appendix B: Citizen-Activated Calls: 211; Appendix C: Grants Awards for 911 Programs.

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May 14, 2010 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: U.S. Immigration Policy on Haitian Migrants

U.S. Immigration Policy on Haitian Migrants
By Ruth Ellen Wasem (Paperback, 16 pages, 2010, $15)

Migrant interdiction and mandatory detention are key components of U.S. policy toward Haitian migrants, but human rights advocates express concern that Haitians are not afforded the same treatment as other asylum seekers.

The devastation caused by the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti has led Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitians in the U.S. at the time of the earthquake.

There are concerns that the crisis conditions in Haiti may result in mass migration from the island. The balancing of DHS’s border security and immigration control responsibilities in the midst of a humanitarian disaster poses a challenge.

Contents of this report: (I) Current Context; (II) Immigration Trends: Migration by Sea; Haitians Currently Residing in the U.S.

(III) Policy Evolution; Post-Mariel Policy; Interdiction Agreement; Crisis After the Coup; Pre-Screening and Repatriation; Safe Haven and Refugee Processing; Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (HRIFA); Mandatory Detention of Aliens in Expedited; Removal; Procedural Practices and Controversies;

(IV) Temporary Protected Status; (V) Federal Assistance to Haitian Migrants; Cuban-Haitian Entrants; Major Federal Benefit Programs; Refugee Resettlement Assistance; (VI) Issues in 111th Congress: Haitian Families with Approved Petitions; Adoption of Haitian Orphans; Supplemental FY2010 Funding; Possible Mass Migration; Status Adjustment. Figures.

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May 5, 2010 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Combating Gangs: Federal Agencies Have Implemented a Central American Gang Strategy, but Could Strengthen Oversight and Measurement of Efforts

Combating Gangs: Federal Agencies Have Implemented a Central American Gang Strategy, but Could Strengthen Oversight and Measurement of Efforts
by Eileen R. Larence (Paperback, 74 pages, 2010, $25)

Thousands of gang members in the U.S. belong to gangs such as MS-13 and 18th Street that are also active in Central American countries. Federal entities with responsibilities for addressing Central American gangs include the National Security Council (NSC); Depts. of Homeland Security (DHS), Justice (DOJ), and State; and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

This report reviewed federal efforts to combat transnational gangs. It addresses (1) the extent to which the federal government has developed a strategy to combat these gangs, and (2) how federal agencies have implemented the strategy and other programs to combat these gangs, coordinated their actions, and assessed their results.

The report examined federal agencies’ antigang plans, resources, and measures; interviewed federal, state, and local officials in seven localities representing varying population sizes and geographic regions; and interviewed U.S. and foreign officials in El Salvador and Guatemala where U.S. agencies have implemented antigang programs. The results of these interviews are not generalizable. Includes recommendations. Figures.

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April 30, 2010 at 12:10 pm Leave a comment


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