Archive for June, 2009

Strengthening Partnerships with our International Allies

Yesterday I announced my upcoming trip and some of the initiatives we’ll be advancing with our overseas partners, especially with respect to our counter-terrorism mission.We recently signed several important agreements with our European allies to imp…

A Focused Effort on Cybersecurity

Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak at the World Affairs Council Global Education Dinner about our Department’s increasing focus on the issue of cybersecurity.Of all the threats America faces, the integrity of our cyber infrastructure demands sp…

The Department’s Five Responsibilities

When President-elect Obama nominated me to become our country’s third Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, I was warned that the vast Department was too cumbersome to lead; that the 225,000-strong workforce was too big to manage; that th…

Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative: Boosting Border Security and Efficiency

Before January 2008, United States and Canadian citizens were not required to present specific travel documents when entering the United States through a land or sea port. That meant that a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer might only h…