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The recently released Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) marks a significant milestone in the maturation of the Department of Homeland Security. HSPI has long called for the QHSR and our experts have provided insights to DHS and the policy community during the development of the QHSR and will continue to provide analysis as the QHSR's findings are implemented.

HSPI Related Events and Publications

Homeland Security Priorities for the 111th Congress
February 20, 2009
As part of its Policy & Research Forum series, the Homeland Security Policy Institute hosted a discussion, titled "Homeland Security Priorities for the 111th Congress,” on February 20, 2009. Co-moderated by HSPI Director Frank Cilluffo and HSPI Senior Fellow Michael Bopp, the panel featured the staff leadership of both the Senate and House homeland security committees: Michael L. Alexander, Majority Staff Director, Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs; Brandon Milhorn, Minority Staff Director and Chief Counsel, Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs; I. Lanier Avant, Majority Staff Director, House Committee on Homeland Security; and Michael J. Russell, Minority Chief Counsel,House Committee on Homeland Security.
Event Summary and Audio

Presidential Transition Roundtable Series
In 2008 HSPI assembled a Presidential Transition Task Force composed of some of the finest minds in the country to leverage their expert insights into today’s most pressing matters of national and homeland security. The goal is to further policy discussions of the top strategic security priorities that command the attention of the new Administration. To push the boundaries of our thinking, the Task Force received briefings from subject-matter experts and launched a series of roundtable discussions, “Thinking Anew – Security Priorities for the Next Administration,” to further consider vital security issues. The Presidential Transition Roundtable Series fostered thoughtful dialogue on the top security priorities for the next Administration in order to generate actionable recommendations designed to effectively meet the most vexing challenges the United States faces today.

View the Transition Task Force proceedings report (pdf)

View the Transition Task Force framework document (pdf)


Frank J. Cilluffo Appointed Chairman of Homeland Security Review Panel
Aug 27, 2009

HSPI In the News

Kaniewski discusses Quadrennial Homeland Security Review
February 10, 2010
HSPI Deputy Director Daniel Kaniewski explored the findings of the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review and the administration's next step in its efforts to redefine its homeland security mission. Video


DHS completes roadmap for change
Federal News Radio
February 4, 2010
"To provide some analysis, and to remind us all what the QHSR is all about, we turned to Frank J. Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at the George Washington University, and a White House homeland security official from 2001 to 2003. Cilluffo: 'First, it's important to note that it was Congressionally mandated, requiring the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to report to Congress every four years. Its vision, mission, strategy, priorities, goals, and subsequent and future QHSR budget priorities in more specificity. Being the first one, this was obviously a herculean lift for the department. I think it did put together a structure and a framework that elevates questions in a positive kind of way, providing a kind of 'roadmap' in being able to delineate the important from the super-important from the not-so-important.'" More

Obama officials present a strategic redefining of Homeland Security's mission
The Washington Post
February 2, 2010
"Frank J. Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University and a White House homeland security official from 2001 to 2003, said that although the new report raised important questions, 'what I don't think it did is answer those questions in terms of brass-tacks priorities.' Cilluffo said a forthcoming 'bottom-up' review by the department intended to direct its 2012 budget a year from now might move it 'closer to the goal line.'" More

HSPI Experts

Frank J. Cilluffo, Director, Homeland Security Policy Institute

Frank has served as Director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute since joining The George Washington University in April 2003. He also serves as the University’s Associate Vice President for Homeland Security, where he leads GW’s homeland security efforts on policy, research, education, and training. The Institute’s recent policy and research agenda has spanned terrorism and radicalization, disaster management and emergency preparedness, pandemic influenza planning and bio-defense, intelligence and information sharing, and a host of other national and homeland security matters. Prior to joining HSPI, Frank served as Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security at the White House. Shortly following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, he was appointed by the President to the newly created Office of Homeland Security, and served as a principal advisor to Governor Ridge. Prior to his White House appointment, Cilluffo spent eight years in senior positions with the Center for Strategic & International Studies, where he chaired or directed numerous committees and task forces on homeland defense, counterterrorism, transnational crime, and information warfare. More

Daniel J. Kaniewski, Deputy Director, Homeland Security Policy Institute

Daniel J. Kaniewski is Deputy Director of The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute. Kaniewski re-joined HSPI in August 2008 after spending three years on the White House staff, most recently as Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Senior Director for Response Policy. Soon after joining the White House staff in July 2005, he witnessed first hand the failed response to Hurricane Katrina. He then served as a co-author and editor of the White House report The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned. Following the publication of this report, he worked to improve the nation's response capabilities and advised the President and White House senior staff during domestic incidents (including both man-made and natural disasters). He chaired the Domestic Readiness Group at the White House; managed the Presidential Disaster Declaration process; oversaw the development and approval of the National Response Framework and National Incident Management System; and traveled with the President aboard Air Force One to disaster sites around the country. More