Senator Joseph Lieberman (I) CT; Chairman, Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee; United States Senate
Representative Bennie Thompson (D) MS; Chairman, Homeland Security Committee
- The Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 elevated FEMA to an independent agency within the Department of Homeland Security; reversed the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to separate the agency’s preparedness and response functions; and strengthened FEMA’s regional task forces so federal and local officials are united in their efforts and familiar with the needs of specific regions
- The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006 empowered the Department of Homeland Security to begin regulating the nation’s highest risk chemical plants. It includes a provision to establish a federal floor, not ceiling, for chemical plant security regulations. Experts have warned that a terrorist attack on one of these plants could release dangerous chemicals and put hundreds of thousands of citizens at risk.
- In 2007, Senator Lieberman led the Senate effort and Representative Thompson led the House to enact The Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, which established a formula for distributing homeland security grant programs. The Act also required screening of all cargo carried on passenger airplanes within three years; gave protection from lawsuits to vigilant citizens who in good faith report suspected terrorist activity targeting airplanes, trains and buses; created a dedicated interoperability grant program to improve emergency communications for state and local first responders; and authorized more than $4 billion over four years for rail, transit and bus security grants.
Dr. Stephen Flynn, Senior Fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations
Lynn Mattice, Chairman of Security Executive Council Board of Advisors
Nearly 35 years ago when he began his career, traditional security programs were primarily focused at gates, guns, guards and investigations thrown into the mix, he says. The “corporate cop” was the buzz phrase of the day. “Generally, unless you were in the defense and intelligence sector or the financial sector, corporate executives didn’t have much for expectations of their security teams beyond being the ‘corporate cop’ frequently the position was even called chief of security,” Mattice says. “The biggest mistake I believe we made along the way was not grabbing the title ‘risk management’ instead of holding on to security as an age old link to law enforcement.