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Janet Napolitano’s Leadership at Homeland Security Expires at End of Today

Janet Napolitano/file photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who served longer than either of her two predecessors, will step down at the end of today to become the first female president of the University of California.

“It’s challenging; it’s very rewarding. Because the things you do really impact human lives,” she said in an interview with NBC News on Thursday at the department’s headquarters in Washington.

Beginning Saturday, new interim Homeland Security Secretary Randy Beers will take over until President Obama decides on a predecessor.

Obama sought out Napolitano, who served six years as governor of Arizona.

Napolitano is credited with getting rid of the color-coded threat system and introducing body scanners and airport pat-downs, NBC News reported.

She oversaw more than 300 natural disasters and relentless terrorism threats.

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Homeland Security Chief Napolitano Says Parting Words Before Leaving Office

Janet Napolitano

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After more than four years of as the head of the Homeland Security Department, Janet Napolitano defended her tenure in one of the government’s newest departments, The Los Angeles Times reports.

“Some have said that being the secretary of DHS is the most thankless job in Washington,” Napolitano said at the National Press Club in the capital. “That’s not true. No doubt it is a very big and complex job. It is literally a 24/7 job,” she said. “Yet, as my successor will soon learn, it is also one of the most rewarding jobs there is. What you do here matters to the lives of people all across our great nation, and your decisions affect them in direct, tangible ways.”

No doubt, Napolitano had a storied tenure. The agency has responded to a wide range of disasters following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

During her tenure, the department responded to one major terrorism strike – the Boston Marathon bombing.

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Muslims Oppose Appointment of Raymond Kelly As New Homeland Security Chief

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The potential nomination of New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly to the top position at Homeland Security has enraged Muslim-American groups, the Huffington Post reports.

Islamic groups said Kelly, as the head of the nation’s largest police force, oversaw the targeting of innocent Muslim based solely on their religion. Kelly also played a role in an anti-Islamic film, they said.

Kelly is believed to be a top choice of Obama to replace Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano.

“Ray Kelly has a proven record of violating Americans’ basic civil rights,” said Glenn Katon, legal director of Muslim Advocates, a civil rights group based in San Francisco. “His willingness to use discriminatory policing methods against innocent citizens should concern Americans of every faith, ethnic and racial background.”

NYPD Commissioner Kelly Quiet on Whether He’s Interested in Top Homeland Security Post


NYPD Commissioner Kelly/nypd photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly is interested in the top post at Homeland Security, he’s not saying anything about it, CBS New York reports.

Kelly is believed to be on President Obama’s short list to replace Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

“I think Ray Kelly is one of the best there is, so he’s been an outstanding leader in New York,” Obama said in an interview last week.

Kelly declined to comment on Obama’s remarks or the prospect of replacing Napolitano.

“I’m flattered by what the president said, but I’m not going to comment further on it,” he said.

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Obama’s Choice for Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Denies Abusing His Influence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

President Obama’s nomination for second in command at the Department of Homeland Security fended off allegations Thursday that he helped Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s brother get a special visa for foreign investors, The Los Angeles Times reports.

The nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas is important because he could become the temporary replacement for Janet Napolitano, who plans to leave in September for another job.

The department’s inspector general is trying to determine whether Mayorkas abused his position by helping Gulf Coast Funds Management, run by Anthony Rodham, get a visa visa for a Chinese investor who was twice denied a visa.

“I have never in my career used undue influence to influence the outcome of a case,” Alejandro Mayorkas, the head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, told a Senate panel considering his nomination, The LA Times wrote.

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Janet Napolitano’s Job at Department of Homeland Security Is Not Only High-Ranking Post Available

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Janet Napolitano’s job as head of the Department of Homeland Security is not the only high-ranking position available there, NPR reports.

According to the NPR, 15 top jobs at DHS are vacant or about to be, and lawmakers won’t fill the jobs.

The openings raise questions about whether DHS is too large and unwieldy.

“Customs and border protection — the role of commissioner for that has been vacant [and] filled by acting people for … nearly a year and a half,” says Christian Beckner, deputy director of George Washington University’s Homeland Security Institute.

And surprise, surprise. There’s bipartisan agreement.

“It is a bad situation,” says Democratic Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, who chairs the Senate homeland security committee. “I call it executive branch Swiss cheese. And it’s not that the people in these acting positions are inept or bad people, but there’s a special stature that comes by Senate confirmation.”

NYPD Commissioner Kelly Seems Open to Head Department of Homeland Security

NYPD Commissioner Kelly/nypd photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly appears to be open to considering the top job at the Department of Homeland Security, the New York Daily News reports.

Rep. Pete King said the city’s top cop is “not saying no” to the possibility of taking the job.

The comment follows President Obama’s comments about Kelly in a TV interview, saying he is “one of the best there is” in fighting terrorism.

“Mr. Kelly might be very happy where he is. But if he’s not, I’d want to know about it,” Obama said. “Obviously, he’d be very well-qualified for the job.”

Kelly is among names that have been floated as a potential replacement for Janet Napolitano.

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.