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TSA Security Policies

I work at an airport and have seen many different TSA policies as they are implemented. The policies are too broad. For example, A couple of years ago a policy was implemented for pilots to inspect the aircraft's external servicing panels before the first departure of the day. The problem is that different aircraft have access points that are not covered under this blanket policy and because of this they never get... more »

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Federal Hiring Bottlenecks

First of all thank you for creating this forum. It's unique.and will be productive if even some ideas are implemented. With a large retiring Federal workforce and woeful lack of skilled applicants why are there hiring bottlenecks. Why are there bottlenecks for every application from college grants to applying for employment. Seriously what is the idea behind restricting Federal hiring for certain jobs to under 37... more »

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Publish checklists for security/emergency tasks

Atul Gawande (Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health) wrote a book titled 'The Checklist Manifesto' with the main point that well-designed checklists can improve outcomes (including Gawande’s own surgical team).

There are examples of checklists for surgeons and pilots on his website:

http://gawande.com/the-checklist-manifesto... more »

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Work with FCC to create an EAS for the Internet Age

I think we're all familiar with the FCC's Emergency Alert System (formerly the Emergency Broadcast System) that was designed to be used by broadcasters to inform the public in case of emergencies. The last update to this system was over ten years ago, in 1997.

Since that time, we've seen a tremendous growth in Internet media and shifts in patterns in the way that citizens engage with each other - viewership of broadcast... more »

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13 Incident Management Systems - EOC Talent pool

As I understand things, there are 13 existing Incident Management Systems being utilized in larger states/jurisdictions and nationwide.

Common sense tells me that top level officals should take into consideration of creating a talent pool consisting of individual trained and diverse on all current IMS. Though none of the existing systems allow for two way collaboration beginning at the local level - scalable in allowing... more »

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Giant 747 Super Tanker with Foamed Oil Eating Microbes

We are negotiating an emergency response, co-ordinated project with Evergreen Aviation, Chemguard Foam, Alabaster Microbe, and CAFSCO Emergency Response to use a giant 747 SuperTanker to apply a special mixture of NCP listed dispersant with a biodegradable fire fighting foam that will stick to the crude on the sea surface and emulsify the oil into a form that is consumable by the oil eating microbes.

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OpenDHS v2.0: Next Gen Opensource/OpenSocial Portal

A pilot project to build a next-gen DHS portal for the Federal Community Cloud. The idea is to build a suite of opensocial portals, one at each Federal Agency, based on The Open Stack that will enable communication with all opensocial partners.

 

Useful Links:

http://tinyurl.com/yks78pg

http://bit.ly/cUrTv8

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Submitting ideas at the local level

My facility has a great process of having exit interviews. I assume the theory is that one will hopefully, and willingly share their thoughts without fear of reprisal, and technically the chain of command no longer exists. And of course if they’re retiring, they should have many years of valuable experience which should hopefully give their thoughts some merit.

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SOCIAL SECURITY CARDS----

SS CARDS SHOULD BE REISSUED TO EVERY AMERICAN CITIZENS IN THE MANNER THAT DRIVERS' LICENSES ARE ISSUED.

HOLOGRAM-TYPE

FOR THE LEGAL RESIDENT ALIENS WITH WORK PERMITS FOR THE USA--A DIFFERENT TYPE/COLOR--AGAIN HOLOGRAM.

MANY OF THE ILLEGAL ALIENS HAVE DRIVERS' LICENSE FROM OTHER STATES....WISCONSIN, ILLINOIS, ETC....

ALL STATES SHOULD HAVE SAME AS ABOVE.

THIS MAY PUT THE PEOPLE WHO SELL FAKE SS AND DL OUT... more »

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DHS Policy on Social Media

With the recent DoD Memorandum on the Responsible and Effective Use of Internet-based Capabilities (http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/DTM-09-026.pdf) the Department of Defense has taken a proactive new stance which recognizes the impact and applicability of new media tools. DHS and the balance of the federal government must rapidly follow suit. While the log in for this site displays a link to Twitter and... more »

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How to share No Fly List

Your current process has a problem. You are relying on too many airlines to nab the terrorist. At times it could be possible that terrorists have bribed or have a collusion with airline staff. How do you track this? Makes things more difficult for DHS.

Instead my suggestion is as below;
- No fly list - The US Department of Immigration/Border Customs/ should be connected to a single national grid and this connectivity... more »

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counterintelligence

If we are serious about having a full, robust program of counterintelligence (not just counterespionage), it seems to me we need an agency or at least a division or branch devoted to countering intelligence threats. To do this, some basic elements would have to unite the following in one place:

1) True expertise on opposing intelligence institutions.

For each institution, nation, or transnational group that is or could... more »

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LAX Security

I've noticed a potential security issue at Los Angeles International Airport and felt I should share it. In terminal 7 (and perhaps some of the other terminals) there is an open mezzanine that is upstairs past all security checkpoints. This mezzanine is only about 20 feet above the check-in areas. It would actually be rather easy for someone to throw a weapon up there (where I believe it would land in some decorative... more »

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