Experts to discuss trade, terrorism, privacy issues

Homeland security experts will offer insights on the state of national security later this month at the 11th Annual Homeland Security Law Institute, sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.

The institute will take place Aug. 24-25 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Experts will look at issues such as homegrown threats, cybersecurity and use of drones, as well as review the progress of several government agencies and organizations created to combat terrorism and enhance domestic safety.

Notable participants include:

• Leonard Bailey, special counsel for National Security for the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice.

• Stevan Bunnell, general counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

• Bruce Davidson, director, Office of SAFETY Act Implementation, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

• Reginald C. Govan, chief counsel, Federal Aviation Administration.

• Brian Kamoie, assistant administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency.

• Joseph Maher, principal deputy general counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

• Dominic Mancini, deputy administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget.

• Alejandro Mayorkas, deputy secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

• James McCament, deputy chief of staff (acting), chief, office of legislative affairs, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

• Thomas McDermott, deputy assistant secretary for cyber policy (acting), U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

• David S. Newman, director, Office of Legal Affairs, Visa Services Directorate, Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

• Benjamin C. Richardson, deputy director, security policy and oversight, counterintelligence and security directorate, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Department of Defense.

• David M. Wulf, director, Infrastructure Security Compliance Division, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Program highlights include:

“A View from the Top: Challenges and Changes to America’s Homeland Security Against Terrorism and Homegrown Threats in 2016 and Beyond” — Alejandro Mayorkas, deputy secretary of the Department of National Security, will provide an overview of current and ongoing terrorism threats, including the rise in homegrown attackers.

“Legal & Policy Considerations in Emergency Management” — This panel will focus on the legal and regulatory issues generated by the growing number and cost of disasters. These issues include legislative and regulatory efforts to make disaster response and recovery more flexible and cost efficient. Panel members will describe the kinds of incentives and regulatory requirements that have been adopted, and are still needed, to reduce the impact on people, property and the economy from disasters.

“The Supply Chain — The Weakest Link: Vulnerabilities and Solutions” — Several major new pieces of trade and customs legislation were signed into law by President Obama in 2015 and 2016 including the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), the Trade Preferences Extension Act (TPEA) and the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (TFTEA). Panelists will discuss how the U.S. Customs and Border Protection will enforce these laws including how the industry will seek to comply with them.

“The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act: An Overview and Update” — The act establishes authority for monitoring information systems and taking defensive measure to protect an information system, as well as a mechanism for cybersecurity information sharing among private-sector and federal government entities that provides safe harbors from liability.

The panel will discuss the relevant guidelines and procedures required by the act, as well as the various sharing mechanisms, information systems and potential defensive measures made available by this landmark legislation.


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