NEW DHS SECRETARY FOR LARGE TROUBLED FEDERAL DEPARTMENT

New DHS Secretary for large troubled federal department
 
Jeh Johnson was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 16, 2013.  Congratulations Honorable DHS Director Jeh Johnson!  I am posting the entire Washington Post news headline story regarding your appointment, but I would like to take the opportunity to ASK YOU TO review the following Facebook account:
 
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DHS Director Johnson you stated: “If confirmed, I pledge to be a champion for every man and woman of the Department of Homeland Security and their families,” - I am a retired special agent of DHS-ICE-HSI and consider myself a family member of DHS.  I respectfully need your assistance in this matter.          
 
Jeh Johnson pledges to improve Department of Homeland Security management, morale
 
By Ellen Nakashima, Published: November 13 - Washington Post
 
Jeh C. Johnson said Wednesday that his first priority if confirmed as secretary of homeland security will be to quickly fill the large number of senior management vacancies at the agency.
 
Johnson also promised to boost morale at the sprawling 240,000-employee department, improve financial management, and be transparent with Congress and the public about programs and policies.
 
Johnson said at a largely friendly confirmation hearing before the Senate Homeland Security Committee. “I hope to be a visible leader [and] remind people of the importance of the overriding, unifying mission of homeland security.”
 
Johnson, 56, the Pentagon’s former general counsel, was nominated by President Obama last month to succeed Janet Napolitano.
 
Johnson, who has passed Senate muster twice before — for the Pentagon job and as Air Force general counsel — is expected to be confirmed easily. The committee received letters of support for Johnson from all three former DHS secretaries.
 
But he will take on the daunting challenge of building cohesion at a department cobbled together from 22 agencies with missions as diverse as enforcing immigration laws, securing the borders, countering terrorism and preventing cyberattacks.
 
About 40 percent of its senior leadership positions are vacant or have an “acting” place-holder. Its employees on average have the lowest morale of any federal agency, according to Congress’s auditing arm. The Government Accountability Office has also routinely placed DHS on its “high-risk” list of agencies vulnerable to waste and mismanagement.
 
Johnson stressed his background in helping shape the Obama administration’s counterterrorism policies as one reason he was well positioned to lead the department.
 
Increasingly, he said, as the core of al-Qaeda has been diminished, “the terrorist threat is becoming even more diffuse, and we’re seeing more lone-wolf activity, more self-radicalization.” Those types of threats, he said, are harder to detect.
 
As a result, he added, “we’re going to have to be vigilant on the civilian side in law enforcement, border security and so forth.”
 
In an exchange with Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Johnson said he believes that U.S. officials have the legal authority to question terrorism suspects before they enter the criminal justice system. He said he also thinks that Congress and the executive branch ought to look at writing this authority into law, “because I think it’s going to become an increasingly important practice and there will be increasing need for this type of interrogation.”
 
With the advent of drones for surveillance, including along the nation’s borders, Johnson said he recognized the need to respect Americans’ privacy rights. “As we move to more advanced technology, I think we also need to be sensitive to privacy, civil liberties concerns that people who live along these borders may have,” he said.
 
In perhaps the testiest exchange of the hearing, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) repeatedly pressed Johnson to promise to tell the committee what is needed so that Customs and Border Protection could have “90 percent” effective control of the southern border. Johnson said he wanted to better understand the issue before committing to an assessment. McCain said he could not support Johnson’s confirmation until he got such a commitment.
 
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) asked Johnson whether he thought the United States should target for killing American citizens overseas who are not involved in combat. He said he was thinking of “propagandists” or people who may have committed treason but have not been charged.
 
“Do you think that a bunch of lawyers in a room from one administration, from one political party, can decide the guilt or innocence of American citizens?” Paul asked.
 
“As you pose it, I think my answer would be no,” Johnson said.
 
Johnson said he prided himself in challenging assumptions made by others in planning counterterrorism operations. “Every once in a while, I felt like it was 11 to one, and I was the one. And I said to myself, ‘This is why the president put you here.’?”
 
 
 
© The Washington Post Company
 

About Miguel Contreras

Miguel Angel Contreras is the founding and chairmen emeritus of the Federal Hispanic Law Enforcement Officers Association www.fhleoa.org and the principal agent and representative of a class action lawsuit of discrimination filed in 1995 against the Legacy U.S. Customs Service, later reorganized into the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In 2007, a U.S. District Court dismissed the class action on only one issue. The case, Miguel A. Contreras, et al v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security will never be forgotten. Dr. Contreras is a renowned leader with a firm commitment to diverse ethnic communities worldwide. He is recognized for his work ethics in the areas of leadership, civil rights advocate, social ethics, reform, and reconciliation. A noted criminal justice, law enforcement, security management, and community leader for more than 30 years, his expertise and extensive background in these subject areas have resulted in his being called for consultation with various organizations on issues dealing with law enforcement, security management, U.S. Customs, U.S. immigration issues, society, and social justice. Dr. Contreras, for 30 years served with distinction as a Supervisory Criminal Investigator and as a journeyman criminal investigator with Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, such as the US Department of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement, www.ice.gov US Customs Service's Offices of Investigations and Internal Affairs, www.ice.gov US Drug Enforcement Administration, www.dea.gov US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, www.atf.gov US Immigration & Naturalization Service, www.ice.gov and US Defense Investigative Service, www.dss.mil. He served with the Lansing Police Department www.lansingpolice.com as a police officer and corrections officer with the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan, www.ingham.org/sh in the late 1970s. Dr. Contreras honorably retired from federal law enforcement service on October 4, 2006. He has lectured foreign national federal police personnel in national security issues, and has traveled to several countries as a Federal law enforcement official. He is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP), designation granted by the American Society for Industrial Security, www.asisonline.org a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), designation granted by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, www.acfe.com a Diplomate of the American Board of Law Enforcement Experts (DABLEE), designation granted by the American College of Forensic Examiners, www.acfei.com and Certified Security Supervisor (CSS) and Certified Protection Officer (CPO), designations granted by the International Foundation for Protection Officers, www.ifpo.org. A consummate no-nonsense law enforcement and security management expert, is a driving-force of numerous coalitions across ideological, cultural and social spectrum, he has served on numerous local, regional and national boards assisting communities. Dr. Contreras received his Associate Applied of Science degree and Associate in Business at Arizona Western College, www.azwestern.edu and Lansing Community College, www.lcc.edu respectively, and a Bachelor’s of Art degree in Criminal Justice Administration at Michigan State University, www.msu.edu a Master in Theology and Apologetics, and a Doctor of Theology degree at Calvin School of Apologetics & Theology, www.calvinschool.info a Master of Theology in Christian Counseling, a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Theology, and a Doctor in Theology in Pastoral Counseling at Northwestern Theological Seminary, www.northwesternseminary.com. He also conducted advanced graduate studies in security management at the University of Leicester, Leicester, UK, www.le.ac.uk. In January 2005, he received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Northwestern Theological Seminary. Dr. Contreras is currently an ordained minister with the Lutheran Evangelical Protestant Church (LEPC). He was a former minister and pastor with the Assemblies of God. He also offered totally free Christian counseling and preached for free at the Crossroads Mission Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center and at other locations in Yuma, AZ and nation-wide. Dr. Contreras never received compensation or was paid for his pastoral, preaching or Christian Counseling services.

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Miguel Angel Contreras is the founding and chairmen emeritus of the Federal Hispanic Law Enforcement Officers Association www.fhleoa.org and the principal agent and representative of a class action lawsuit of discrimination filed in 1995 against the Legacy U.S. Customs Service, later reorganized into the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In 2007, a U.S. District Court dismissed the class action on only one issue. The case, Miguel A. Contreras, et al v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security will never be forgotten. Dr. Contreras is a renowned leader with a firm commitment to diverse ethnic communities worldwide. He is recognized for his work ethics in the areas of leadership, civil rights advocate, social ethics, reform, and reconciliation. A noted criminal justice, law enforcement, security management, and community leader for more than 30 years, his expertise and extensive background in these subject areas have resulted in his being called for consultation with various organizations on issues dealing with law enforcement, security management, U.S. Customs, U.S. immigration issues, society, and social justice. Dr. Contreras, for 30 years served with distinction as a Supervisory Criminal Investigator and as a journeyman criminal investigator with Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, such as the US Department of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement, www.ice.gov US Customs Service's Offices of Investigations and Internal Affairs, www.ice.gov US Drug Enforcement Administration, www.dea.gov US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, www.atf.gov US Immigration & Naturalization Service, www.ice.gov and US Defense Investigative Service, www.dss.mil. He served with the Lansing Police Department www.lansingpolice.com as a police officer and corrections officer with the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan, www.ingham.org/sh in the late 1970s. Dr. Contreras honorably retired from federal law enforcement service on October 4, 2006. He has lectured foreign national federal police personnel in national security issues, and has traveled to several countries as a Federal law enforcement official. He is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP), designation granted by the American Society for Industrial Security, www.asisonline.org a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), designation granted by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, www.acfe.com a Diplomate of the American Board of Law Enforcement Experts (DABLEE), designation granted by the American College of Forensic Examiners, www.acfei.com and Certified Security Supervisor (CSS) and Certified Protection Officer (CPO), designations granted by the International Foundation for Protection Officers, www.ifpo.org. A consummate no-nonsense law enforcement and security management expert, is a driving-force of numerous coalitions across ideological, cultural and social spectrum, he has served on numerous local, regional and national boards assisting communities. Dr. Contreras received his Associate Applied of Science degree and Associate in Business at Arizona Western College, www.azwestern.edu and Lansing Community College, www.lcc.edu respectively, and a Bachelor’s of Art degree in Criminal Justice Administration at Michigan State University, www.msu.edu a Master in Theology and Apologetics, and a Doctor of Theology degree at Calvin School of Apologetics & Theology, www.calvinschool.info a Master of Theology in Christian Counseling, a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Theology, and a Doctor in Theology in Pastoral Counseling at Northwestern Theological Seminary, www.northwesternseminary.com. He also conducted advanced graduate studies in security management at the University of Leicester, Leicester, UK, www.le.ac.uk. In January 2005, he received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Northwestern Theological Seminary. Dr. Contreras is currently an ordained minister with the Lutheran Evangelical Protestant Church (LEPC). He was a former minister and pastor with the Assemblies of God. He also offered totally free Christian counseling and preached for free at the Crossroads Mission Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center and at other locations in Yuma, AZ and nation-wide. Dr. Contreras never received compensation or was paid for his pastoral, preaching or Christian Counseling services.