Homeland Security feeling budget pinch
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (Dec. 9) Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images
January 17th, 2012
02:42 PM ET

Homeland Security feeling budget pinch

Budget pressures, here and abroad, may cut into security initiatives.
But Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday those same money pressures argue for improved coordination between the U.S. and its allies.
"Budget pressures I think, on all of us, requires us to act more internationally," Napolitano said. "We have to leverage resources with one another."

"We are actually exploring some (pilot programs) where we leverage inspections and checks abroad with other countries. We'll do some; they'll do some, all to the same standards," Napolitano said.
Some U.S. inspectors will be embedded with those overseas, and vice versa, to ensure that standards are maintained, Napolitano said.
Although Napolitano did not mention any country by name, the U.S. recently signed an agreement with Canada designed to improve security while minimizing duplication of effort. Among other things, the agreement calls on the two nations to work towards an integrated entry-exit system, so that documented entry into one country serves to verify exit from the other country.
The Department of Homeland Security's budget was largely immune to cuts during the first years of the recession, growing from $39 billion in fiscal 2004 to about $55 billion last year. But it is now flattening out as Congress looks for ways to cut expenses.
Napolitano made her comments during a panel discussion on international aspects of homeland security at the Aspen Institute's Homeland Security Group.

soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. ANDRETTI DEVILISHED

    MRS.NAPOLITANO IS CUTE,,,,,,,,,,,jiji

    February 10, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Reply
  2. ANDRETTI DEVILISHED

    ALL THESE DUMB PERVERTS ARE A DANGER TO WRITE AGAINST PEOPLE THAT REPRESENT U.S.VALUES AND SHOULD BE TRACK AND EXECUTED FOR THEIR SELF-IGNORANCE AND BLIND ARROGANCE.

    February 10, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  3. ANDRETTI DEVILISHED

    MOST GUYS HERE ARE INTO POVERTY AND ARE PARASITS OF HATE AND GREED AND EVILNESS AND ITS GOOD THAT THE SO CALLED CHRISTIANS WHITES WITH THEIR EVIL NEGROS ARE TO PAY FOR THEIR LAZINESS AND CRIMES WITH POVERTY AND SELF-HATE. jejeje

    February 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Reply
  4. ANDRETTI DEVILISHED

    NICE,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,! I LOVE WRITING INPUBLIC WHAT IT MUST BE AND WILL BE THE TRUE,,,,JEJEJEJE

    February 10, 2012 at 11:59 am | Reply
    • Fizz

      I bet you're some fat white guy who is obviously a faulire. You're probably poor as well. I mean poor white folks are the ones that have knowledge of their inferiority to others, therefore use their bogus skin color as an excuse to think they're better. How about you go do something that's actually productive like say, a start up? Make money off of that, and then talk about that. Instead of on going issues, that you have no direct control of, apart from your stupid vote. I love folks like you. You're the fucking motivation. I am a 17 year old hispanic kid whose parents are illegal immigrants. I can't even legally drink, and have already made more money off of my dad's company than you probably make in a life time. Stupid fucker, Go workout or find something better to do. Dumbass cracker I can't believe I just wasted my time with this.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  5. ANDRETTI DEVILISHED

    U.S.PRESIDENT OBAMA AND MRS.JANETH NAPOLITANO ARE NOT CUCARACHAS AND RATS LIKE WHITE CHRISTIANS PERVERTS A DANGER OF THE CHILD COMMUNITY WITHIN THEIR OWN FAMILIES.

    February 10, 2012 at 11:58 am | Reply
  6. ANDRETTI DEVILISHED

    MOST U.S.CITIZENS NOT SO CITIZENS HAVE LONG EXTENSIVE EVIL CRIMINAL RECORDS ! CUT BENEFITS FOR HATE GANGS .MOST SOLDIERS IN THE U.S.MILITARY ARE DISCHARGE OR QUIT THEIR SERVICES TO ATTACK AMERICANS IN CIVILIAN LIFE AND IF BECOMING OFFICERS DO CHOOSE TO BETRAY THE U.S.GOV.FOR MONEY LAUNDRY.

    February 10, 2012 at 11:57 am | Reply
  7. ANDRETTI DEVILISHED

    HOMELAND SECURITY B UDGET LOW AND NOT GOOD FOR A NATION IN CAOS WHEN GREED AND EVIL CITIZENS DEMAND ATTACKS ON LATIN AMERICA AND ILLIGALIZATION TO DOOM THE U.S.GOV.WHILE LEAKING U.S.SECRECY OVERSEAS AND CORRUPTING AND BETRAYING THE U .S.MILITARY WITH ,,,( SS-NAZI ) SYMBOLS THAT WHERE THE CAUSE TO KILL MILLIONS OF AMERICANS IN 2ND WORLD WAR ! DEMOCRATS BURN U.S.CITIES WITH THE PERMISSION OF ALL LAW AGENCIES AGAINST REPUBLICANS AND THE RICH TO FACE OFF POLITICIANS.

    February 10, 2012 at 11:55 am | Reply
    • Ace

      Dude, you got to chill out and try and enjoy life, you are way too serious and stressed.

      April 3, 2012 at 10:06 am | Reply
    • Sonora

      If you wanted an? hsnoet answer would you go to a car dealer ask a salesman, Do I need a new car? ? Of course not! Why? Because he makes his money selling cars has vested interest in selling you one .Well,the DHS,CIA,FBI make their money' (budgets) selling fear/threats! No big enemy/threat = No big ($) DHS,CIA,FBI! They're the LAST people we should trust to tell us about threats' ! What would the military,CIA,FBI budgets be like today without 911? Revenge is a good motivator,oil isn't.

      May 23, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Reply
  8. Snoot

    Who's the sexy dude in the photo?

    January 18, 2012 at 12:29 am | Reply
  9. James

    Lets start by getting rid of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano –Then cut the budget down to a buck and let Obama handle everything out of his Petty Cash–

    January 17, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Reply
  10. enuff

    WhAT?! where's the outrage saying it's Obama's fault that there is a homeland security and how he inflated their budget...(cricket)

    January 17, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Reply
  11. War Criminal General Sherman

    Get rid of these goddamn fascists once and for all.

    January 17, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  12. DO NOT CUT HOMELAND SECURITY

    THIS IS UNCALLED FOR UP THE ANTEY NO MATTER WHAT COST

    January 17, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Reply
    • Lincoln The Drunk

      Believe me, in your case the money spent on "homeland security" would have been better put to use in the educational system.

      January 17, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Reply

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