News & Press – 2010

Hyperlink:http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6BM3AN20101223In a recent comment letter to one of the nation's top financial regulatory agencies, CHHS Director Michael Greenberger urged the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to reject ICE Trust U.S. LLC's (ICE Trust) application to register its credit default swaps (CDS) clearinghouse as a derivatives clearing organization pursuant to the Commodity Exchange Act. Last week, Reuters reported that ICE Trust withdrew its application, and Professor Greenberger's comment letter was cited in the article. "ICE Trust has been referred to as a 'Derivatives Dealers' Club' because it is dominated by swap dealers, such as Goldman Sachs, Citigroup Inc, JPMorgan, Credit Suisse ...Read More
Hyperlink:http://www.wusa9.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=719664134001#/WUSA-News/Metro+Starts+Random+Bag+Searches/46371336001/45927990001/719664134001CHHS Director Michael Greenberger weighs in as local civil liberties groups are criticizing the D.C. Metro for random bag searches implemented at train stations. Metro says the searches are part of its continuing effort to improve security. Civil liberties groups say they violate the Fourth Amendment and are not necessarily effective.
Hyperlink:http://wamu.org/news/10/12/21.php#39600CHHS Director Michael Greenberger weighs in as local civil liberties groups are criticizing the D.C. Metro for random bag searches implemented at train stations. Metro says the searches are part of its continuing effort to improve security. Civil liberties groups say they violate the Fourth Amendment and are not necessarily effective.
Hyperlink:http://www.tbd.com/articles/2010/12/homegrown-terrorist-martinez-fits-the-mold-umd-expert-says-37977.htmlCHHS Associate Director Adrian Wilairat is interviewed on WJLA TV in Washington, D.C. about the arrest of Antonio Martinez, a Baltimore man accused of trying to detonate a car bomb outside a military recruitment center in Catonsville, MD. Tweet
Hyperlink:http://www.wusa9.com/rss/local_article.aspx?storyid=124875CHHS Associate Director Adrian Wilairat is interviewed on WUSA TV in Washington, D.C. about the arrest of Antonio Martinez, a Baltimore man accused of trying to detonate a car bomb outside a military recruitment center in Catonsville, MD. Tweet
Hyperlink:http://CHHS Associate Director Adrian Wilairat is interviewed on WBAL TV in Baltimore about the arrest of Antonio Martinez, a Baltimore man accused of trying to detonate a car bomb outside a military recruitment center in Catonsville, MD. Tweet
Hyperlink:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRWAgf0ymlgCHHS Associate Director Adrian Wilairat is interviewed on WBFF TV in Baltimore about the arrest of Antonio Martinez, a Baltimore man accused of trying to detonate a car bomb outside a military recruitment center in Catonsville, MD. Tweet
Clark Lee, a Senior Law and Policy Analyst with the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS), has accepted an invitation to partner with the Work and Health Research Center (WHRC) at the University of Maryland School of Nursing to study how fatigue affects workers in the health and public safety fields. As a WHRC Associate Member, Mr. Lee will pursue opportunities for CHHS and WHRC to work together on sleepiness and fatigue management issues in the emergency response community. Mr. Lee will also work collaboratively with other members of the University of Maryland, Baltimore community on ...Read More
Hyperlink:http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wypr/Midday.mediaplayer?STATION_NAME=wypr&MEDIA_ID=937748&MEDIA_EXTENSION=mp3&MODULE=MiddayCHHS Director Michael Greenberger spends an hour live on "Midday with Dan Rodricks" to weigh in on pat downs, body scanners, and what measures need to be put in place to keep America safe.
Hyperlink:http://www.wtop.com/emedia/201044.mp3CHHS Director Michael Greenberger says increased security measures at airports are necessary, but he also stresses the need to explore new technology that would be as effective but less invasive.
Hyperlink:http://www.ahcpub.com/activation/?cntid=15Excerpt: Johns Hopkins alerted employees and students at the hospital and the university campus soon after the shooting, says Earl Stoddard III, PhD, MPH, public health program manager with the Center for Health & Homeland Security at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. He is a former Hopkins student and still on the school’s e-mail list, so he received an e-mail about the incident within 10 minutes, he says. Hopkins also used the social networking site Twitter to send out alerts. “Their flash messaging to both employees and students in the surrounding school buildings was quick,” he says. “Their overall ...Read More
CHHS Director Michael Greenberger appears on WTTG-TV in Washington, D.C. to discuss the latest developments in the package bomb plot investigation.
CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst Clark Lee has contributed to a new textbook from Oxford University Press entitled Sleep, Health and Society: From Aetiology to Public Health (Francesco P. Cappuccio, Michelle A. Miller & Steven W. Lockley, Eds.). With Drs. Christopher B. Jones and Shantha M.W. Rajaratnam from Monash University in Victoria, Australia, Mr. Lee is a co-author of a chapter that focuses on the intersection between sleep, law, and public policy, and briefly discusses the types of actions some governments around the world have taken in response to some of the societal problems and issues related to sleep. ...Read More
CHHS Director Michael Greenberger is interviewed live on WTTG-TV in D.C. about the arrest of Farooque Ahmed, the man accused of plotting to carry out terrorist bombings of the D.C. Metro system.
Hyperlink:http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/print-edition/2010/10/22/upmc-others-get-vaccine-factory-details.htmlExcerpt: By comparison, between 160 million and 165 million doses of seasonal flu vaccine have been made for this year’s season, a number that has been increasing in recent years, according to Earl Stoddard, public health manager at the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security. The draft proposes an eight-year development period and 17 one-year option periods, a time frame Stoddard called “pretty aggressive.” Plant production, he said, would likely be supplemented by other sources of vaccine in case of an outbreak, he said. “It’s an innovative way to look at a problem that’s going to require ...Read More
Hyperlink:http://www.gazette.net/stories/10142010/montnew173241_32549.phpCoverage of CHHS and the hospital surge portion of the Capital Shield 2011 exercise in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties.
Hyperlink:http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/expert-on-terrorism-is-schemel-speaker-1.1042173CHHS Director Michael Greenberger will discuss U.S. terrorism enforcement and policy at the Schemel Forum at the University of Scranton on October 22.
CHHS Director Michael Greenberger joins economist Paul Volcker, billionaire philanthropist George Soros, and a prestigious list of other experts featured in the new film “Inside Job,” a Sony Pictures Classics documentary that exposes the root causes of the global economic crisis of 2008. Produced, written, and directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Charles Ferguson, “Inside Job” takes Wall Street to task and traces the “rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships [that] have corrupted politics, regulation, and academia.” Commentary from U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, University of San Diego law professor Frank Partnoy, and International Monetary Fund managing director ...Read More
Hyperlink:http://www.wtop.com/emedia/194536.mp3CHHS Director Michael Greenberger says that nine years after 9/11, the country is definitely safer -- but recent incidents have shown that there's still work to be done. Tweet
Hyperlink:http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/stories/2010/09/06/daily35.htmlThe University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security, currently based out of the school’s Baltimore campus, is opening an office at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) in Rockville. The center, which works on emergency policies and response strategies to large-scale disasters, said the move will put it closer to D.C. clients and the federal government and will also allow it to partner with the university on internships, classes and research. The center currently works with the cities of Rockville, Takoma Park, Gaithersburg and Chevy Chase and with groups such as the D.C. Homeland Security & Emergency Management ...Read More
CHHS has opened new offices on the campus of the Universities at Shady Grove (USG), establishing a local presence among the growing number of CHHS clients in the Washington, D.C. metro region. CHHS worked closely with the Chancellor’s Office for the University System of Maryland and USG to secure the space. While CHHS has staff on site with clients throughout the Baltimore and D.C. area, the USG location in Montgomery County marks the Center’s first expansion of its own offices off the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus. On top of the geographic advantages, CHHS will have access to USG’s state-of-the-art ...Read More
CHHS is pleased to announce the receipt of $300,000 in continuation funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/FEMA, Training and Exercise Division, to continue our FEMA-certified course “Preparing the States: Implementing Continuity of Operations Planning.” CHHS has now received almost $3 million for development and delivery of this course. We have trained more than 2000 participants in more than 65 jurisdictions since our course certification in February 2007. These new funding dollars will allow CHHS to continue deliveries through 2012. This additional funding gives CHHS the opportunity to continue to provide the FEMA-certified “Preparing the States” course to states, ...Read More
Hyperlink:http://blog.al.com/live/2010/07/oil_spill_state_and_local_lead.htmlExcerpt: Amy Major, a senior law and policy analyst with the Center for Health and Homeland Security at the University of Maryland, said a disaster declaration under the Stafford Act would trigger many of the same responses that the federal government already has launched -- from efforts to clean up the spill to low-interest loans by the Small Business Administration. Major also said that Congress stripped rental and housing assistance out of the Stafford Act in 2000. Although the Stafford Act was designed primarily for natural disasters, Major said she believes something like the oil spill could warrant a disaster ...Read More
Hyperlink:http://www.slu.edu/x37897.xmlExcerpt: [Annie] Harkins is developing guidance for local and state emergency managers on how the ADA applies to emergency preparedness, response and recovery initiatives.  This includes accessible emergency shelters and temporary housing, emergency notifications and signage capable of alerting individuals with vision or hearing impairments, accommodations for service animals in emergency shelters and accessible public evacuation transportation.
Hyperlink:http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20100621/NEWS/6210321Excerpt: "Citizen Corps is supposed to prepare the community for an emergency or disaster of a large nature -- not simply like a house fire," said JoAnne Knapp, a senior policy analyst at the University of Maryland Center for Health & Homeland Security. Officials say it's difficult to recruit volunteers and keep them focused on far-off potential disasters. And an upcoming shift in federal funding may create more challenges, putting grants to start up units at risk.
Hyperlink:http://www.newsday.com/long-island/fight-re-emerges-over-anti-terror-funding-delays-1.1978707Excerpt: "Both sides are a little right and both sides are a little wrong," said Michael Greenberger, director of the University of Maryland's Center for Health and Homeland Security. In fact, DHS took an average of 20 months to make transit security funds available, the GAO said. So DHS extended 2006 and 2007 grants' three-year deadlines by 12 to 18 months.
Hyperlink:http://www.wtop.com/emedia/182672.mp3CHHS Director Michael Greenberger is interviewed live on WTOP radio (Washington, D.C.) to discuss lapses in the investigation of Faisal Shahzad, the man accused of attempting to detonate a homemade bomb in Times Square.
Hyperlink:http://www.theworld.org/2010/05/05/nyc-bomb-suspect-nearly-escaped-us/Details have emerged of how Pakistan-born Faisal Shahzad, who is suspected of plotting to bomb New York City’s Times Square, was arrested while trying to leave the US. Shahzad was allowed onto a Dubai-bound plane at JFK Airport, despite being on a no-fly list. It was only when customs agents checked passenger names 30 minutes before take-off that he was noticed and arrested. Officials say Shahzad admits his role in the failed attack and now faces terrorism and explosives charges. Hear CHHS Director Michael Greenberger's take on what went wrong.
Hyperlink:http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wypr/news.newsmain/article/0/0/1645708/WYPR.News.in.Maryland./Local.Muslims.Grapple.With.Aftermath.of.Times.Square.Bomb.PlotExcerpt: Michael Greenberger is a professor at the University of Maryland's School of Law. He's also the director of the school's Center for Health and Homeland Security. Greenberger says it's not accurate to think that extremists in the U.S. are all Muslims. "The terrorists are not coming in a color, shape or size. Clearly, this country is a big country. There are people who are within it who are unhappy with us one way or another. My own view is we have terrorism on the run on an international basis. The Taliban, Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups are really in ...Read More
Hyperlink:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpVrf-fVB8cCHHS Director Michael Greenberger is interviewed live on MPT's "Direct Connection" to discuss the implications of the Times Square bomb plot.
Hyperlink:http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2010/04/gulf_oil_spill_could_qualify_for_federal_disaster_declaration.htmlExcerpt: WASHINGTON -- Although federal disaster declarations usually follow hurricanes and other natural calamities, the manmade oil spill in the Gulf could conceivably qualify as well, experts said Tuesday. Federal law "gives the president enough leeway," said Michael Greenberger, director of the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security. "If this threatens substantial harm to the health and safety and economy of the state, I think he could use the Stafford Act," Greenberger said, in reference to the main disaster response law.
Hyperlink:http://media.umaryland.edu:8080/ramgen/oea/100419-greenberger-wtop.mp3On the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing that killed more than 160 people, CHHS Director Michael Greenberger says domestic terrorism is still a threat.
Hyperlink:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDJZ2zr7Z_sMichael Greenberger, founder and director of CHHS, says President Obama is likely to pick a moderate justice to replace the retiring John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court. Story aired on WBAL TV in Baltimore.
Hyperlink:http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2010-04-05/new-approach-transportation-securityThe Obama Administration establishes a new intelligence-based screening system for airline passengers on U.S.-bound flights. Professor Greenberger explains what it means for travelers and what's being done to improve security on domestic trains, highways and subways.
Hyperlink:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIpJifBjxykThirty-plus U.S. governors received letters from an anti-government group demanding they resign, and Fox 5 in Washington, D.C. got Professor Greenberger's take on the situation.
Hyperlink:http://terrorism.spcollege.edu/ntpi/Broadcasts/LRBroadcast2.aspx?url=rtmp://grantsflash.spcollege.edu/vod/media/liveResponse/LR_03_10CHHS COOP experts Alexandra Podolny, Mike Vesely, Amy Major, Adrian Wilairat and Eric Oddo are featured in this episode of "Live Response," produced by the National Terrorism Preparedness Institute. The topic of discussion is Continuity of Operations planning.
Hyperlink:http://mddailyrecord.com/2010/03/17/baltimore-court-continues-to-work-despite-suspicious-package/Excerpt: While courthouse employees have often grumbled about being kept in the dark about courthouse hazards, Michael Greenberger, director of the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security, believes Holland made the right call by keeping employees inside and bringing in the fire department’s hazardous materials unit. “My basic view is that I think the court responded correctly to this and that there was not, based on this information, a need to evacuate the courthouse,” said Greenberger, whose center has worked with the state Administrative Office of the Courts and the Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management.
Hyperlink:http://www.gazette.net/stories/03102010/damanew224449_32547.phpExcerpt: "It wouldn't be surprising to see another peak this year," said Marita Mike, health director at the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security. "When you look at flu outbreaks in the past, there were multiple peaks." Since a vaccine became available in October, the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services has administered more than 30,000 doses in the county with a population of almost one million people, said Mary Anderson, the department's public information officer. Early vaccination clinics set up by the county drew long lines where most people were turned away. Short lines, ...Read More
Hyperlink:http://wamu.org/programs/dr/10/03/09.php#30595Following a discussion with DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, Professor Greenberger joins a panel of homeland security experts to talk about the threat of “homegrown” terrorism, efforts to improve cyber security, and the push for more body scanners at airports.
Hyperlink:http://www.hometownannapolis.com/news/bus/2010/02/28-18/Annapolis-company-surges-ahead-with-anthrax-vaccine.htmlExcerpt: Michael Greenberger, the founder and director of the University of Maryland's Center for Health and Homeland Security in Baltimore, said this isn't hype. "We went through a phase sometime after Sept. 11 where people forgot about terrorism as a threat," he said. Of the people exposed to anthrax-laced mailed in 2001, five victims died. And the government spent hundreds of millions of dollars in the clean-up of the facilities, according to documents. A recent "report card" issued by the bipartisan Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism gave the nation an "F" in preparedness ...Read More
Michael Greenberger, founder and director of the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security, will join a panel of distinguished speakers at the “Make Markets Be Markets” conference on March 3 in New York City. Sponsored by the Roosevelt Institute, the conference will offer a clear picture of what should be done to ensure a stable financial sector, anticipating that U.S. lawmakers will fall short in their effort to enact effective regulatory reform of financial markets. The presentations, along with an accompanying report authored by the presenters, will detail a concrete plan for a financial system that can ...Read More
Michael Greenberger, founder and director of CHHS, is interviewed on WUSA TV in Washington, D.C. about the guilty plea of Najibullah Zazi, the man who plotted to detonate explosives aboard the New York subway system. Zazi plead guilty in a U.S. court rather than a military tribunal.
Hyperlink:http://www.hflawreport.com/CHHS' Michael Vesely explains critical elements hedge fund advisers should consider when developing a business continuity plan. Excerpt:  Michael Vesely, a Senior Law and Policy Analyst with the University of Maryland’s Center for Health and Homeland Security, said that in developing a BCP, hedge fund managers would be well advised to distinguish between functions that are critical and functions that can be suspended during a crisis. “Essential functions have to be restored immediately and these functions are really what business continuity plans focus on – ensuring that the fund can carry out those functions for whatever temporal period is defined in ...Read More
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