ADVISORY: Beyond Duct Tape and Color Codes

How the New President Can Engage the Public on Homeland Security

October 3, 2008, 12:00pm – 1:30pm

A light lunch will be served.

Featured Panelists:

Representative Jane Harman (D-CA)

Frances Fragos Townsend, Former Assistant to President George W. Bush on Homeland Security and Counterterrorism

Jerome M. Hauer, Former Director of the Department of Emergency Management, New York City

Discussion Moderated By:

P.J. Crowley, Senior Fellow and Director of Homeland Security, Center for American Progress Action Fund

Since 9/11, the federal government has communicated with the public about homeland security in confusing and often inconsistent ways, from requests to purchase duct tape to color-coded threat levels. A new administration will offer the opportunity for a change in direction. Rep. Jane Harman, chair of the Intelligence and Terrorism Risk Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee; Frances Fragos Townsend, former Homeland Security Advisor to President George W. Bush; and Jerome Hauer, former Director of the Office of Emergency Management in New York City, will address the critical question of how the public can better be incorporated into the homeland security mission. The Homeland Security Presidential Transition Initiative is a joint project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund and Third Way.

Location

Center for American Progress Action Fund 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor Washington, DC 20005 Map & Directions

Nearest Metro: Blue/Orange Line to McPherson Square or Red Line to Metro Center

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