Nobody knows the importance of homeland security better than New Yorkers. Congresswoman Maloney is working to ensure New York is prepared for, and working to prevent, future terrorist attacks. This includes making sure the Department of Homeland Security is adequately funded and that these funds are invested in areas based on risk and vulnerability, first responders are well trained, equipped, and cared for, and major terrorist targets like New York City are prepared and protected.
- Homeland Security Funding and Protecting New York: Since 9/11, Congresswoman Maloney has led a number of efforts in Congress to direct a greater share of homeland security funding to the communities under threat, which too often are shortchanged. Congresswoman Maloney continues to strongly support the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission that homeland security should be based strictly on an assessment of risk and vulnerability, and that New York City and Washington, D.C. should be at the top of any such list. Read More
- 9/11 Health and Compensation: On January 2, 2011, President Obama Signed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (H.R. 847) into law. Congresswoman Maloney spent nearly a decade fighting to pass this important law, which has provided medical monitoring, treatment, and compensation to those sick and injured from the September 11th attacks. Read More
- Foreign Acquisitions and National Security: Congresswoman Maloney authored the National Security Foreign Investment Reform and Strengthened Transparency Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-49). This legislation strengthens and reforms the process by which the interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviews foreign direct investment for national security issues. The need for this reform was made evident in early 2006 when CFIUS failed to raise red flags about a deal that would have put commercial control of several key U.S. ports into the hands of a company owned by the government of Dubai. This Act establishes CFIUS in statute rather than as a creature of Executive Order, implements mandatory 45-day investigations for all deals involving foreign governments, requires high-level review of such transactions, gives the Director of National Intelligence a greater role in the CFIUS process, and improves congressional oversight, among other provisions.
- Civil Liberties Board: As the co-chair of the former 9/11 Commission Caucus, Congresswoman Maloney fully supported the passage of all 41 recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. Out of concern that the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board was not given the teeth it needs to be an effective board, she introduced “The Protection of Civil Liberties Act”. This bill would have created the board as recommended by the 9/11 Commission. In 2007 Congress passed H.R. 1, “Implementing the Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007” (P.L. 110-53), which included important provisions from Congresswoman Maloney’s legislation intended to strengthen the Privacy and Civil Liberties Board to more closely reflect the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.
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WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) has asked Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General Kent Clark Ervin to investigate whether adequate procedures are in place at DHS to prevent officials from approving the disclosure of sensitive or classified information to the press. These concerns most recently surfaced following a controversial airing of two segments on the Federal Air Marshal (FAM) Program on NBC Nightly News on February 5th and 6th, 2004, for which FAM officials knowingly disclosed the procedures for air marshals to board and secure commercial aircraft.
WASHINGTON, DC - Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge today announced the formation of a task force to coordinate and accelerate the public and private sectors’ security plans for major events this summer that could be the target of terrorist attacks. These events include Independence Day, the dedication of the World War II Memorial and the political conventions.
WASHINGTON, DC - The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) today released a report on instances of what it calls “gross mismanagement” in the Federal Air Marshals (FAM) program - a report that FLEOA says serves as “official notice” to Congress. The report cites the release of classified information on FAM procedures for the purpose of national television stories, downgrading the classification of the FAM position, and FAM Director Thomas Quinn’s disparaging remarks about FAMs, among other issues of contention.
WASHINGTON, DC - Key border protection agencies under the Department of Homeland Security will be unable to add new agents due to a hiring freeze caused by either budget shortfall or a computer glitch that created the shortfall. The Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureaus are affected by the freeze.
WASHINGTON, DC - $2.3 billion. That is the overall cut for first responders in the President's budget proposal, as officially pinpointed in a Congressional Research Service (CRS) memo (http://maloney.house.gov/sites/maloney.house.gov/files/documents/olddocs/Homeland/FirstResponderFundingFY05Budget.pdf). The information was requested by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), Chair of the House Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security. News of the huge cut comes despite the Administration touting a nearly 10% increase for overall homeland spending.