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DHS Secretary Nielsen Resigns Amid Shakeup to Address Immigration

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned Sunday to address the Trump administration’s concern over illegal immigration.

In a tweet Sunday, Trump thanked Nielsen for her service and announced that Kevin McAleenan, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner, would become the acting DHS secretary.

 

McAleenan is a longtime border official who has fostered a good relationship with Congress and the Trump administration.

Nielsen met with Trump at the White House on Sunday, unaware she was going to be forced to resign, two people familiar with the decision told the Associated Press.
The sources said the move was part of a shakeup over the number of Central American families spilling across the southern border.

In her resignation letter, Nielsen never mentioned a riff with the Trump administration and said she was proud of her service and the employees at DHS.

“It has been my great honor to lead the men and women of the Department as its sixth Secretary,” Nielsen wrote. “I could not be prouder of and more humbled by their service, dedication, and commitment to keep our country safe from all threats and hazards.”

Watchdog Report: Secret Service Refuses to Turn Over Mandatory Security Data

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 
 
A watchdog report has sharply criticized the Secret Service for refusing to disclose mandatory data on its computer security systems to Homeland Security, making it difficult to measure the department’s security practices, the Hill reports.

The report by the DHS Office of Inspector General condemned the Secret Service, saying its “refusal to provide the required data created a significant deficiency in the Department’s information security program.”

“Your agency’s action puts at risk its own information systems and those of the Department as a whole,” DHS Inspector General John Roth wrote in an Oct. 29 letter to acting Secret Service director Joseph Clancy.

Clancy took over the Secret Service recently after the resignation of director Julia Pierson, who came under fierce criticism for her handling of security.

“I am deeply concerned that your agency’s unwillingness to provide the required continuous monitoring data feeds prevents the Department from overseeing and managing an effective information security program,” Roth wrote to the Secret Service.

Probe: Former DHS Watchdog Tailored Reports to Linking of Senior Obama Administration Officials

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The former watchdog for the Department of Homeland Security has been placed on leave following a report that he ignored serious problems to satisfy senior Obama administration officials, the Washington Post reports.

The news comes a day after the Post reported that former Inspector General Charles K. Edwards had “altered and delayed investigations at the request of senior administration officials, compromising his independent role as an inspector general.”

Edwards, who served as DHS inspector general from 2011 until this past December, was tasked with overseeing the performance of the department’s 225,000 employees and a $39 billion budget.

But the Post reports that Edwards’ objectivity was compromised because of his cozy relationship with top Justice Department leaders and advisers to then-Secretary Janet Napolitano.

FAA Must Decide What to Do After Homeland Security Drones Grounded Following Crash

istock photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FAA is in a tough position after a Homeland Security drone crashed over the U.S.-Mexico border earlier this week, Motherboard reports.

DHS grounded its fleet of 10 unmanned surveillance aircraft out of “an abundance of caution,” DHS spokesman Michael Friel said.

“The cause of the failure is unknown,” according to Friel.

Now the FAA, which is takes with overseeing the unmanned aerial system, must determine what went wrong and how to correct the problem.

“If you are going to meet that same high safety bar, it means you better be very careful, very deliberative,” Air Line Pilot Association national safety coordinator Sean Cassidy said.

Widespread Abuse of Overtime Alleged at Homeland Security Department

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A whopping 95% of employees at the Department of Homeland Security’s offices in Northern Virginia are accused of hiking their pay by 25% through overtime abuse, the Washington Post reports, citing a report from the Office of Special Counsel.

Special Counsel Carolyn N. Lerner said allegations found that CBP employees “improperly claim” overtime “up to two hours a day, every day.”

“We all greatly appreciate the work being done by the men and women at DHS,” subcommittee chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) said. “However, the employee actions and misuse of public funds outlined in OSC’s report are unacceptable.”

Ex-Secret Service Agent Accused of Stealing Counterfeit Money, Trying to Pass It Off at Gas Station

Secret Service photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Secret Service agent faces up to 35 years in prison after being charged with stealing counterfeit money and trying to pass it off, the First Coast News reports.

Anthony Eugene Preissig, 47, is accused of stealing counterfeit money from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in Florida.

Preissig retired in 2012 as a special agent.  Ticklethewire.com incorrectly had his title as special agent in charge.

“Whenever a law enforcement officer engages in illegal activity, it erodes the public trust. Such actions by few can tarnish the badges of the many who serve to protect America each day. Corruption remains a top priority of the DHS OIG and we remain committed to holding those who violate the public’s trust accountable for their illegal actions,” said David Nieland, Special Agent in Charge of the Miami Field Office, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General.

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President Obama Praises Newly Confirmed Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama lauded new Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson as “a strong leader” who will “play a leading role in our efforts to protect the homeland against terrorist attacks.”

The statement follows Monday’s Senate confirmation of Johnson, a former general counsel at the Pentagon.

The president’s full statement:

“I am pleased the Senate has confirmed Jeh Johnson as our next Secretary of Homeland Security with broad bipartisan support.

“In Jeh, our dedicated homeland security professionals will have a strong leader with a deep understanding of the threats we face and a proven ability to work across agencies and complex organizations to keep America secure. Jeh has been a critical member of my national security team, and he helped to shape some of our most successful national security policies and strategies.

“As Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh will play a leading role in our efforts to protect the homeland against terrorist attacks, adapt to changing threats, stay prepared for natural disasters, strengthen our border security, and make our immigration system fairer — while upholding the values, civil liberties, and laws that make America great.

“I look forward to Jeh’s counsel and sound judgment for years to come.”

Man Files Suit to Continue Parodying DHS, NSA on Mugs, T-Shirts

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Minnesota man who was selling parody T-shirts, mugs and other souvenirs featuring the logos of the NSA and DHS received a cease-and-desist order claiming the seals can’t be reproduced without permission.

That was two years ago.

On Tuesday, LibertyManiacs.com owner Dan McCall filed suit against the federal agencies, saying he has a constitutional right to express his opinions about the government and should be allowed to use the logos, Arstechnica.com reports.

“The agencies’ attempts to forbid McCall from displaying and selling his merchandise are inconsistent with the First Amendment,” his attorney, Paul Alan Levy, said in a statement. “It’s bad enough that these agencies have us under constant surveillance; forbidding citizens from criticizing them is beyond the pale.”

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