In her farewell speech as secretary of homeland security, Janet Napolitano on Monday said her successor will need to forge a strong relationship with Congress to ensure the department has adequate resources and continue working toward a security system based on risk analysis and intelligence exemplified by programs such as TSA Pre-Check and Global Entry.
TSA's program pre-screens domestic and outbound travelers interested in avoiding lengthy security lines at airports, while Global Entry is a U.S. Customs program that vets U.S. citizens ahead of time so they can go through express lines upon arrival from international destinations at U.S. airports.
Not mentioned was the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, which follows a similar model of expediting customs clearance of shipments from known importers.
President Obama has yet to nominate Napolitano's replacement as head of the Department of Homeland Security. She is leaving to become president of the University of California system.
Napolitano's advice for the next secretary included continuing support for science and technology research for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear detection capabilities; recapitalizing the Coast Guard; beefing up systems against cyber attacks; preparing for the increased severity of weather-related events; and leading DHS through its next phase of integration in a declining budget cycle.
"And you will need a large bottle of Advil," Napolitano said at the National Press Club in Washington
. - Eric Kulisch