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           U.S. Presidential Transition Weekly Report 1-23-09
 (The articles, reports and additional information contained in this edition were collected
                                    from 1-16 to 1-23)

       "Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die."
                                      President Hoover




The transition of the Office of the President of the United States can impact every aspect
of American culture and our relationship with the rest of the world. It is based on this
fact that I have decided to create this supplemental weekly report. It will contain articles
and information on the transition of the Bush Administration to the Obama
Administration. This supplement will be posted on the following websites:
     6P International (www.6Pinternational.com/news.php.)
     Big Medicine (http://www.bigmedicine.ca/stevedetwiler.htm)
     EMPOWER (http://www.empower-
        women.com/mc/page.do?sitePageId=49319&orgId=emp)
     All-Hands.net (http://www.all-
        hands.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2235&Itemid=114)
     Pearce Global Partners (http://pearceglobalpartners.com/NewsArticles.html)
     California Emergency Services Association, Southern Chapter
        (http://cesa.net/aoi.cfm?color=st)
     IAEM Oceania (http://www.oceania-iaem.com/resources/aoi)
     Florida Emergency Preparedness Association (http://www.fepa.org)
     APCO International (http://apco911.org/new/commcenter911/resource.html)




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                                  Table of Contents
Inauguration Ceremony                                                                  3

Emergency Management and Homeland Security                                             6

National Security and Defense                                                          8

International Policy                                                                   9

Climate Change and Alternative Energy                                                  10

Other                                                                                  11

Additional Information                                                                 13




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                                 Inauguration Ceremony
Despite Snarled Traffic and Cold, City Is Already Celebrating
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-
dyn/content/article/2009/01/19/AR2009011903276.html?hpid=topnews

Security braces for inaugural throngs
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/surveillance/2009-01-14-inaugurationtech_N.htm

Inauguration - Tips To FBI About Suspicious Activity On The Rise
http://www.nationalterroralert.com/updates/2009/01/17/inauguration-tips-to-fbi-about-suspicious-activity-
on-the-rise/

War, crowds complicate Obama inaugural security
http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE50F0BZ20090116

Finding Havens for the Homeless
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-
dyn/content/article/2009/01/14/AR2009011403533.html?hpid=topnews

Cancer-stricken colonel in command at inauguration
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090117/ap_on_go_pr_wh/inauguration_colonel_s_honor

Demonstrations, preparations under way in Washington
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/17/gallery.saturday.prep/index.html

Congress unprepared for Jan. 20 emergency
http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/unprepared-for-emergency-2009-01-15.html

Chertoff: Inauguration security forces 'ready'
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/17/inaugural.security/index.html?section=cnn_la
test

Secret Service countersnipers hunt for real snipers
http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/01/19/sniper.training/index.html

Inauguration Security: Combination of Manpower and Technology
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Inauguration/story?id=6674036&page=1

Security at the Inauguration: Preparing for Anything
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1872642,00.html

Jan. 20: Inaugural Tech, From Steamboat to Twitter
http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2009/01/dayintech_0120

Obama's Moment Arrives
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-
dyn/content/article/2009/01/19/AR2009011903100.html?hpid=topnews


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Obama inauguration: Hits and misses
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/ynews_pl220

Ted Kennedy expected to leave hospital Wednesday
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/20/inauguration.kennedy.collapse/index.html

Bush's last day: Calls, candy and a flight to Midland
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/20/bush.day/index.html

Satellite's View Of Inauguration
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/01/20/tech/cnettechnews/main4741289.shtml

Wireless networks inundated with traffic
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28751495/

In Antarctica, scientists hail President Obama
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090120/sc_nm/us_obama_antarctica;_ylt=AspjUre_dl1C
Z_rJ_TuIeo4hANEA

Balls for a cause, dresses for less for Obama inaugural
http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/entertainment/5270244/balls-for-a-cause-dresses-for-less-
for-obama-inaugural/

Attendees with disabilities become big challenge for inauguration
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/washington/stories/011608dninaug
disabled.260f4f6.html?npc

Tech aids coordination on inauguration security
http://fcw.com/Articles/2009/01/20/Inauguration-Suspicious-Activity.aspx

EXIT ROUTES FROM DC UNCLEAR TO INAUGURAL ATTENDEES
http://www.hstoday.us/content/view/6917/149/

Security operation all-encompassing
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2009-01-20-security_N.htm

Security hailed as a success
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20090121/NEWS0206/901210431/1009/NEWS02

No Arrests, No Violations of Airspace Reported
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/inauguration-
watch/2009/01/no_arrests_no_violations_of_ai.html?wprss=rss_blog]

Inaugural Committee Apologizes for Ticket Fiasco
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/inauguration-
watch/2009/01/inaugural_committe_apologizes.html?hpid=topnews

Huge crowds mean injuries, EMS headaches
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28752928/

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Obama retakes oath of office after Roberts' mistake
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/21/obama.oath/index.html

D.C.'s Inauguration Head Count: 1.8 Million
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-
dyn/content/article/2009/01/21/AR2009012103884.html?hpid=topnews




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            Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Civil liberties advocates want law to guard against domestic spying
http://newmexicoindependent.com/14871/civil-liberties-advocates-want-law-to-guard-
against-domestic-spying

Homeland security pick didn't complete state plan
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-
dyn/content/article/2009/01/14/AR2009011400302.html

Homeland Security nominee pledges improvements
http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=41806&sid=60

NAPOLITANO SAILS THROUGH CONFIRMATION HEARING
http://www.hstoday.us/content/view/6844/149/

IMPRESSIONS OF NAPOLITANO
http://www.hstoday.us/content/view/6846/151/

Bush commutes sentences of former US border agents
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090119/ap_on_go_pr_wh/bush_pardons

Bush administration finishes disaster housing plan
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jbC_1r28QkJCmRWfZHfDiSQ4FINwD95P4GO
03

SHIFTING PARADIGMS IN COUNTERTERROR
http://www.hstoday.us/content/view/6880/128/

Obama inherits a much-improved FEMA
http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=41836&sid=60

Outgoing intell chief discusses cybersecurity challenge
http://fcw.com/Articles/2009/01/19/cybersecurity-DNI.aspx

OBAMA VS. OSAMA
http://www.hstoday.us/content/view/6905/151/

Napolitano takes over Homeland Security
http://www.azstarnet.com/metro/276793

R. David Paulison Announces Departure
http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=47321

Paulison Announces Johnson's Departure
http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=47320

Obama signs order to shut Guantanamo prison
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28788175/
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FEMA Appointments Coming Soon

By Spencer S. Hsu
Quickly following up her confirmation by the Senate on Tuesday, Homeland Security
Secretary Janet Napolitano is closing in on several top appointments at the sprawling
department. One of her first priorities outside of top DHS staff is likely to be the Federal
Emergency Management Agency.

Besides serving as the president's top adviser during domestic disasters, the next FEMA
chief will be under the gun as Congress, Napolitano and the White House debate
whether to make FEMA a stand-alone agency or to reorganize it. FEMA also is still
rebuilding from its disastrous 2005 response to Hurricane Katrina under former director
Michael D. Brown and subsequent reorganizations.

People in the running to lead the nation's disaster response arm are said to include Ellis
M. Stanley Sr., general manager of the Los Angeles emergency preparedness
department, and Joseph F. Bruno, commissioner of New York City's office of emergency
management, according to sources who have spoken with Obama transition officials.

Others said to be in the mix at one point included Bruce Baughman, former director of
the Alabama emergency management agency; W. Craig Fugate, director of the Florida
division of emergency management; and Mark C. Merritt, a former FEMA official and
founding partner of former Clinton FEMA director James Lee Witt's consulting firm.
Retired Army lieutenant general Russel Honore, best known for heading the military's
response to Gulf Coast hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, also has had backers.

Among other changes, Congress mandated that the FEMA director have five years of
management experience and emergency management experience, a reaction to
complaints that FEMA had become a patronage farm stockpiled with political hacks. R.
David Paulison, who took over after Brown to repair FEMA when others turned down the
job, stepped down today.




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                         National Security and Defense
Biden to Obama: Afghanistan war will get worse
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2009-01-14-biden-afghan_N.htm

Getting Smart on Intelligence Reform
http://www.cfr.org/publication/18217/getting_smart_on_intelligence_reform.html?breadcr
umb=%2F

Former CIA director Goss talks about CIA in rare public appearance in Naples
http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2009/jan/19/former-cia-director-goss-talks-about-cia-
rare-publ/

Obama to meet war council on first full day
http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/jan/20/obama-wars-
012009/?zIndex=40188




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                                 International Policy
Iran students say time for U.S. to change policy
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090119/wl_nm/us_iran_obama_students

Muslims' hopes for Obama dampened by Gaza
http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2009-01-19-obamamuslims_N.htm

Can Obama's Model for Peace Survive Gaza?
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1872425,00.html

On First Full Day, Obama Will Dive Into Foreign Policy
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-
dyn/content/article/2009/01/19/AR2009011902726.html?hpid=topnews

World congratulates Obama on taking office
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/20/obama.international.reaction/index.html

Senate confirms Clinton as secretary of state
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/clinton_confirmation




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                  Climate Change and Alternative Energy
President 'has four years to save Earth'
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/jan/18/jim-hansen-obama

Obama: US will 'roll back the specter of a warming planet'
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090121/sc_afp/uspoliticsinaugurationspeechclimate_200
90121010238;_ylt=AjYb3RC0IDWhaTEgWD.gcErPOrgF




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                                           Other
10 Take away from the Bush Years
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-
dyn/content/article/2009/01/14/AR2009011402791.html?hpid=topnews

New Arctic policy has big implications for agencies
http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=41809&sid=60

Bush gives farewell address (Video)
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/politics/2009/01/15/sot.bush.farewell.address.full.cnn

Obama visits troops, volunteers on King holiday
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2009-01-19-obama-service_N.htm

Obama praises McCain, calls for bipartisan cooperation
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/19/obama.inauguration.eve/index.html

For Obama, tough decisions from the start
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2009-01-19-hard-calls_N.htm

Palin praises Obama's unity efforts, says 'absolutely' he'll be her president
http://blogs.usatoday.com/onpolitics/2009/01/palin-praises-o.html?loc=interstitialskip

Pelosi Open to Prosecution of Bush Administration Officials
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/01/18/pelosi-open-prosecution-bush-
administration-officials/

Senate Confirms Six Cabinet Secretaries
http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1872800,00.html

Instant Change at White House Website
http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1872742,00.html

Bush appointees linked with company lobbying, report says
http://fcw.com/Articles/2009/01/19/Bush-Appointees-Revolving-Door.aspx

Ex-President Bush and wife leave capital for Texas
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090120/ap_on_go_pr_wh/inauguration_bush_departure

New staff find White House in tech Dark Ages
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28787998/

Vowing transparency, Obama OKs ethics guidelines
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/21/obama.business/index.html#cnnSTCPhoto

Obama 'to get spy-proof smartphone'
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/22/obama.blackberry/index.html


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Henry: Obama's first full day takes turn for the weird
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/22/obama.henry/index.html




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                              Additional Information
All Episodes of Inaugural Addresses of Past Presidents (Videos)
http://www.livescience.com/common/media/show/player.php?aid=25278

D.C. Police Chief Lanier on Inauguration Security
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-
dyn/content/discussion/2009/01/13/DI2009011302370.html

Disability Power and Pride Inauguration Ball
http://www.disabilitypowerandpride.org/

Timeline: The Bush legacy
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/16/bush.legacy.timeline/

MSNBC, Presidential Inauguration Photo Gallery
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28661907

USATODAY Interactive Inauguration Map
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/inauguration-map.htm

FBI kit rolled out to protect Obama's inauguration (Photo Gallery)
http://www.newscientist.com/gallery/dn16440-hardware-rolls-out-to-protect-obama-
inaugration

YouTube Video, Farewell Message from FEMA Administrator Paulison
http://www.youtube.com/fema

Live Streaming: 2009 Swearing-In Ceremony
http://inaugural.senate.gov/history/video/video-2009-obama.cfm

Yahoo, Inauguration Parade Photo Gallery
http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/Inaugural-Parade/ss/events/pl/012009inaugparade

Blogger Interview with Harvey Johnson, FEMA Deputy Administrator
http://www.disaster-zone.com/2009/01/blogger-interview-with-harvey-johnson.html


DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano Memo to DHS Employees – January 21, 2009:

MEMORANDUM FOR:               Department of Homeland Security Employees

FROM:                         Janet Napolitano
                              Secretary, Department of Homeland Security


I would like to introduce myself and thank you for the opportunity to serve with you at the
Department of Homeland Security. I am honored to take on this new role and continue
the important work begun by my predecessors to protect our borders, safeguard our

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infrastructure, and improve our Nation’s abilities to prevent, respond to, and recover from
natural and manmade hazards.

As the former governor of Arizona , a state that shares a border with Mexico , I have
worked closely with the Department on issues such as border-security and immigration.
 As the former chair of the National Governors Association, I have worked both in
Arizona and with my colleagues across the country on disaster preparedness,
emergency management and recovery efforts.

The establishment of the Department is an impressive accomplishment, and you have
provided a good foundation upon which to build. Yet, as we reflect on those
achievements, there is still much work to be done.

Our goal must be to integrate all of the Department’s Components into “One DHS.” Each
organization that became part of DHS brought its legacy of service, achievement, and
innovation, and that heritage has contributed and will continue to contribute to the
Department’s greatness. By sharing our strengths we can and will achieve the shared
sense of mission that will ensure we are doing everything we can to protect this great
Nation.

I look forward to getting to know you; to tapping into your history, your knowledge, your
hard work and your dedication; and to working with you to make the Department the best
it can be.


January 21, 2009

MEMORANDUM FOR:               All FEMA Employees
FROM:                         Nancy Ward, Acting Administrator
SUBJECT:                      FEMA Transition Leadership

As we move into the next phase of the transition to a new Administration, our
responsibility to ensure consistency of our mission and continuity in our operations
remains. We have spent many months preparing for the inevitable change and
uncertainty that comes with any change in leadership and I am confident we will
continue building upon our success of the last three years.
A key component of our continued success is FEMA’s outstanding cadre of senior
career leadership. I will rely upon this group of leaders to help me continue moving
FEMA forward until new political leadership is identified and in place. As I have
promised, I am providing you with a list of the FEMA career leadership team, and an
updated organizational chart that is effective as of today, Wednesday, January 21,
2009. Please continue to provide these leaders your full support.

In addition to the many career leaders stepping into acting roles during the transition,
there will be several career staff in the FEMA front office supporting myself and Dave
Garratt including:
     Brian Scully – Senior Advisor to the Administrator
     Mark Peterson – Advisor to the Administrator
     Marty Bahamonde – External Affairs Liaison/Advance
     Rafaela Monchek – Special Assistant to the Deputy Administrator
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In addition to the new faces, we are fortunate to have the continued leadership and
support of Bob Shea, Patty Kalla, Elizabeth Edge, Pamela Harris, Kathy Andrews, Dacia
Lancaster, and Rhonda Martin.

I expect new political leadership to join FEMA shortly after the Inauguration and will
communicate the arrival of the new team as information becomes available.

Once again, I ask for your continued support as we help ensure President Obama and
his team’s success serving the American people.


DHS Action Directives

On her first official day as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS),
Janet Napolitano issued five Action Directives, all centered on one of the primary
missions of DHS: Protection. In the coming days, Secretary Napolitano will issue other
action directives focused on other missions critical to the department: Preparedness,
Response, Recovery and Immigration.
The action directives Secretary Napolitano issued today on protection instruct specific
offices and agencies to gather information, review existing strategies and programs, and
to provide oral and written reports back to her by a time certain. The areas in which
today’s action directives were issued are: critical infrastructure protection; risk analysis;
state and local intelligence sharing; transportation security; and state, local and tribal
integration.

“One of my top priorities is to unify this department and to create a common culture.
These action directives are designed to begin a review, evaluation and dialogue
between the various functions of this department and me,” said Secretary Napolitano. “I
look forward to receiving the information and to working with the offices and agencies
involved to make DHS a more effective and a more efficient department.”

The full action directives are below:
     Critical infrastructure protection. This core mission of DHS entails a broad
         mandate to reduce the vulnerability of key systems and structures to natural and
         manmade threats. DHS oversees the national critical infrastructure list and
         manages 18 infrastructure sectors established under Homeland Security
         Presidential Directive-7, with primary responsibility for information technology,
         telecommunications, chemical, transportation, emergency services, and postal
         and shipping. This entails extensive dealings with other federal agencies, states,
         and the private sector, involving collaboration, data collection, risk analysis, and
         sharing of best practices. What is the current status of the critical infrastructure
         list, relations with the 18 sector security councils and the other departments that
         have critical infrastructure protection roles? What are the plans to enhance
         protection? How do we enhance private sector participation? An oral report is
         due Jan. 28.

       Risk analysis. Given the extensive number of vulnerabilities to manmade and
        natural disasters and the limitations on resources, determining national priorities
        and the judicious distribution of resources are a major element of the
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       department’s mission. What is the status of risk analysis metrics and what is the
       plan and time frame for setting up a full-blown system to govern the
       establishment of critical infrastructure programs, the priorities among national
       planning scenarios, and the distribution of grants to state, local, and tribal
       entities? More broadly, how can DHS enhance risk management as the basis of
       decision making? An oral report is due Jan. 28.

      State and local intelligence sharing. Core to the department’s ability to
       successfully carry out its mission is sharing information within the department,
       and between DHS and other federal, state, local, tribal, and private sector
       entities. Across the department there are currently multiple operational,
       technological, programmatic, and policy-related activities underway to focus on
       improved information sharing.
           o Given the importance of this mission, please provide a complete inventory
               of all operational, programmatic, technology, and policy related activities
               currently underway.
           o Provide an evaluation of which activities hold the most promise for
               achieving the smooth flow of information on a real time basis.
                     The inventory and evaluation should take into account the voices
                        of all stakeholders, especially state, local and tribal entities.
                     The evaluation should also consider the private sector's
                        perspective and its relationship to these stakeholders.
           o The inventory and evaluation should focus on ensuring that the
               department’s information sharing efforts are closely linked to
               government-wide efforts to establish the Information Sharing
               Environment as called for the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism
               Prevention Act of 2004.
           o DHS Intelligence & Analysis should evaluate whether DHS is meeting all
               of its information sharing missions as described in Section 201(d) of the
               Homeland Security Act of 2002, P.L. 107-296, especially Section
               201(d)(1).

      Transportation security. TSA is directed to provide a review to the Secretary of
       the current strategies, plans and programs for security of the air, surface, and
       maritime transportation sector, to include a side by side comparison of the threat
       environment, resources and personnel devoted to each transportation sector.
       TSA shall coordinate, as necessary, with all pertinent components and offices in
       DHS, as well as with all relevant outside bodies and advisory councils. An oral
       report is due Jan. 28.

      State, local and tribal integration. To promote policies to more fully integrate
       American state, local, and tribal governments in the development of policies and
       programs to protect our nation and help it recover from natural and manmade
       disasters consistent with the homeland security interests of the United States,
       the DHS Office of Intergovernmental Affairs shall:
           o Immediately contact every relevant governmental association, e.g. the
                National Governors Association, National Association of Counties,
                League of Cities and Towns, U.S. Conference of Mayors, National
                League of Cities, National Emergency Management Association, and the
                National Congress of American Indians, announcing that DHS intends to
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               revitalize its relationship with state, local, and tribal governments
               effective immediately with the intent of creating a working partnership.
            o Immediately plan for an accelerated process of soliciting and collecting
               input from our state, local and tribal partners on how to improve the
               programs and processes of DHS.
            o This input should include, but not be limited to, the following topics:
                    a. Critical infrastructure
                    b. Grant making
                    c. Interoperability
                    d. Intelligence collection and dissemination
                    e. Emergency services

       A preliminary written report is due Feb. 10.




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