DHS to Review Homeland Security Advisory System
July 14, 2009
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will conduct a 60-day review of the Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS). DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the formation of a task force to assess the effectiveness of the system in informing the public about terrorist threats and communicating protective measures within government and throughout the private sector. Fran Townsend, former Assistant to President George W. Bush for Homeland Security, and Judge William Webster, former director of the FBI and CIA, will co-chair the task force and lead the review. The review will include consideration of HSAS and its impact on state, local, tribal, terroritorial and international law enforcement partners, the private sector and the American people. The task force will consult with the Department of Justice, under which HSAS was originally created in 2002, and provide opportunities for public input. Following the review period, the task force will present its findings to Secretary Napolitano, who will in turn, discuss the findings with other Cabinet officials before making a recommendation to the White House.