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Homeland Security Shifted $10M from FEMA to Combat Immigration

Hurricane Florence

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The Trump administration shifted nearly $10 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency earlier this year to fund the detention and deportation immigrants, according to documents obtained by USA Today

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., released the documents Tuesday, saying the Department of Homeland Security requested the money as the hurricane season was gearing up.

Merkley said the money is desperately needed in case the U.S. is hit as hard as it was last year by hurricanes.

“It’s almost guaranteed to happen again, so this is just incredibly irresponsible,” Merkley said. 

Sure enough, the documents were released just days before Hurricane Florence is expected to pound the Carolinas, leading to the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people. 

The documents also reveal that millions of dollars also were taken the Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Coast Guard to finance ICE.

FEMA Hired 4 Employees with Criminal Backgrounds, Inspector General Reports

homeland2department-of-homeland-security-logo-300x300By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former FEMA official hired four employees with criminal backgrounds, paying them nearly $350,000 in combined annual salaries, a report has revealed.

Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth said the unidentified chief security officer knew about the criminal backgrounds of two of the employees and hired them anyway, the Associated Press reports. 

The employees were fired in 2012.

Roth recommended an investigation by the Homeland Security Department’s chief financial officer to determine whether other violations occurred. Roth also said the chief security officer should enforce premium pay rules.

A FEMA spokesman said the agency supports the recommendation and added that the agency has “taken a number of corrective actions to prevent current and future misuse” of pay rules.

FEMA All a Twitter Over Twitter

Federal agencies are going to need to figure out all the cutting-edge ways to communicate to the public. Here’s the latest illustration that  it’s starting.

Chris Battle

Chris Battle

WASHINGTON —  On Monday, FEMA Administrator David Paulison participated in a citizens’ news conference on the social media Website Twitter.
And, yes, that’s the news. It was, I believe, an unprecedented step for a U.S. government agency. Sure, the Administrator had a message, which we’ll get to, but the very fact that Paulison is embracing social media tools speaks volumes about the positive direction of the agency in terms of public communication and transparency. For an organization that is responsible for coordinating action during times of crisis and for pro-actively communicating with the public about those actions, this is a heartening step.

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