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CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger has published a working paper for the Institute for New Economic Thinking. In this paper, Professor  Greenberger explains the existing footnote inside the derivatives regulatory rules that allows banks to avoid Dodd-Frank swaps regulation by moving their swaps trading to deguarenteed foreign subsidiaries. As consumer and student debt continue to rise, an unregulated swaps market could be extremely dangerous for a global economy that shows many of the same properties that were present prior to the 2008 financial collapse. Watch Prefessor Greenberger discuss his working paper here. For more information, see: External links: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-19/swap-loophole-leaves-u-s-taxpayers-on-hook-for-trades-report https://www.americanbanker.com/news/will-states-pick-up-where-feds-left-off-on-derivatives-regulation ...Read More
On May 3, 2018, the Region V Healthcare Coalition sponsored a full-scale exercise to test hospital surge capacity and other emergency procedures. CHHS staff members located in Montgomery County, MD participated in the exercise as controllers and evaluators. More about the exercise in the video below: 2018 Region V Full Scale Exercise
CHHS Cybersecurity Program Director Markus Rauschecker spoke with WUSA9 in Washington D.C. on their #OffScriptOn9, about the future of defending against cyber crimes. Check it out here.
President Trump has nominated Dawn DeBerry Stump to lead the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Ms. Stump's nomination is marked with potential conflicts of interest, as both she and her husband have close ties to groups she will oversee, if confirmed. The Young Turks (TYT) spoke with CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger about the policy implications of these potential conflicts. Check out the piece here.
CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger gave a presentation at the New York City Bar Center for Continuing Legal Education on Tuesday April 17, 2018. The presentation was entitled "The Basics of Enforcement Actions and Civil Litigation Related to Derivatives." Check out the paper accompanying the presentation below: Greenberger NY Bar CLE Program
CHHS Cybersecurity Program Director Markus Rauschecker joined leaders in the public and private sectors to talk about ongoing cybersecurity challenges. Check out the video on the forum here (Rauschecker begins his talk just after the 8:00 minute mark). EIN Presswire wrote about the forum and quoted Rauschecker. For more information on CHHS' Cybersecurity work, click here.
CHHS is pleased to be hosting a panel discussion on the opioid crisis at the University of Maryland Carey Law Alumni Weekend. The panel will be on April 13, 2018 from 3:00pm-4:00pm. Click here for free registration. Please click on the green “Tickets” tab, choose the “Specialty Program Gatherings & Welcome Reception,” and check off “Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS)” for the program you will be attending. We look forward to seeing you there!    
CHHS Cybersecurity Program Director Markus Rauschecker was interviewed in the Baltimore Sun on Maryland's effort to shore up its election systems security. Check out the article here. 
CHHS Senior Law & Policy Analyst Clark J. Lee co-wrote an article entitled "Motivational Factors Associated with Drowsy Driving Behavior: A Qualitative Investigation of College Students" that appears in the Feb. 2018 of Sleep Health. It is available online here.
CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger spoke to WTOP the January 13, 2018 false ballistic missile alert sent to all phones in Hawaii.
The Washington Post writes about how extreme weather events led to the most costly disaster year on record. Scientists worry that the trend will continue as a result of global climate change.
CHHS Senior Law & Policy Analyst Shanna Batten participated in a November 14 panel discussion at the Washington Institute, an organization devoted to improving the quality of U.S. Middle East Policy. Ms. Batten presented at a panel discussion entitled "From CVE to 'Terrorism Prevention': Assessing New U.S. Policies." The Washington Institute's Website contains a summary of Ms. Batten's argument: The terminology used to describe countering violent extremism efforts must convey the intention, focus, and strategy of any CVE approach. The newest term, "terrorism prevention," entails a certain flexible ambiguity. Particularly given the lack of substantive U.S. domestic terrorism laws and ...Read More
On December 7, 2017, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh appointed CHHS Cybersecurity Director Markus Rauschecker to the Maryland Cybersecurity Council. Rauschecker joins CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger as a member of the Council. In 2015, The Maryland General Assembly created the Council, which is charged "with reviewing the state’s cyber readiness and developing a comprehensive plan to respond to and recover from attacks." Rauschecker will bring his expertise and years of experience in Cybersecurity Law and Policy as one of 44 members of the Council. Read the Appointment letter here: Rauschecker Markus Appointment Letter 120617
CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Birch Barron has been working for the past several months as the Deputy Director for the Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC) and Chief of Staff to Clay Stamp, Governor Hogan's choice to lead Maryland's effort to confront the opioid crisis. Governor Hogan signed an executive order earlier this year declaring a State of Emergency in Maryland for the opioid crisis in Maryland. The order allows state agencies to work together through the OOCC to develop goals and objectives to confront the crisis, and to serve as a clearinghouse for key data that will assist stakeholders in ...Read More
CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst Clark J. Lee has written a new article on the law-based case for later school start times. Check it out: http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S2352721817301924
Recently, two members of the CHHS, Senior Law and Policy Analyst Netta Squires and Senior Policy Analyst Ashley McKibbin helped their client, Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS) conduct the first every Emergency Preparedness Planning for Montgomery County Healthcare Facilities Workshop. The workshop was prompted by various requests and questions that various Montgomery County government agencies were receiving in regards to the new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Emergency Preparedness Rule. Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers (81 FR 63859) states that facilities must have ...Read More
In 2013, former NSA contractor Edward J. Snowden revealed a surveillance program that allows for the collection of the content of electronic communications under the authority of Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (“702”). The program ostensibly targets non-U.S. persons located abroad who are have foreign intelligence value. However, due to some glaring loopholes in the way the program is administered, Section 702 authority also threatens the Fourth Amendment rights of American citizens and legal residents. The Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, Reps. Goodlatte (R-VA) and Conyers (D-MI) have introduced ...Read More
Photo Credit: JABIN BOTSFORD/THE WASHINGTON POST/GETTY IMAGES Two members of the CHHS staff, Senior Policy Analyst Maria Bernadzikowski and Research Assistant Jonathan Lim are currently deployed assisting the victims of Hurricane Irma and Harvey, respectively. Bernadzikowsi is deployed to Tallahassee, FL where she is working out of the State Emergency Operations Center to coordinate with the Volunteer and Donations Management heads in the Florida counties most affected by Hurricane Irma. She has also been supervising support under the Emergency Management Assistant Compact (EMAC) - determining assignments and tasks, coordinating with stakeholders, and fulfilling reporting requirements. She has also worked to provide ...Read More
CHHS is pleased to release the online edition of its Fall 2017 Newsletter. The Newsletter commemorates our 15th Anniversary celebration, and highlights the Center's extensive program work over the past year. You can find the Fall 2017 Newsletter here. Please be sure to check out our past editions, and sign up for our mailing list to ensure you receive hard copies of all Newsletters.
The Fall 2017 Newsletter covers our 15th Anniversary celebration, and discusses recent activities in a number of programs, including: Cybersecurity, Academics, Community Resiliency Initiative, Continuity, Public Health and Senior Crisis Management Seminars. To receive a hard copy of this and all future editions, sign up here. CHHS_Fall2017_Newsletter
CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger discussed Federal Disaster Relief programs in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in an appearance on CSPAN's Washington Journal.  Watch the clip here.
CHHS will be offering its nationally-recognized "Maximizing Organizational Resiliency: COOP for Public Entities” course on December 7-8, 2017 in Baltimore, MD. Information on the course can be found here here. Registration is available here. Please see our redesigned COOP page for more information on CHHS Continuity of Operations (COOP) services.
CHHS Cybersecurity Manager Markus Rauschecker spoke with WJZ-TV in Baltimore about a nationwide hack, from apparent ISIS sympathizers, that hit state and local government systems, including Howard County, MD. Check out the segment here.
CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger has been chosen as an affiliate faculty member of the Institute for Global Health and the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM). The Institute for Global Health (IGH), is dedicated to improving global health by conducting innovative, world-leading research in Baltimore and around the world. For more information about IGH, click here. 
WJZ-TV (CBS) in Baltimore aired a segment commemorating the Center for Health and Homeland Security on its 15th Anniversary. Watch it here.
On May 23, 2017, CHHS was proud to facilitate a full-scale exercise with the Maryland Region V Hospital Coalition. For more information: FSE Press release 2017  
The article is published in Elsevier's Online Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology. The article is available online at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780128093245011445.
On Saturday, July 30th, a torrential rainstorm caused widespread flooding in Ellicott City, Maryland, killing two, and causing devastating damage that will take months, or perhaps years, to repair. The storm dropped over six inches of rain in two hours in the historic downtown area, which is especially prone to flooding due to being a small valley surrounded by steep hillsides. The rain caused the nearby Patapsco river to surge up to six feet in an hour, and floodwaters consumed Main Street in the early evening, as residents and visitors took in a late evening meal at the many popular ...Read More
CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger and CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst Preeti Emrick will be presenting at the 39th Annual Health Law Professors Conference on Friday, June 3rd in Boston, MA from 8:15-9:30am. The presentation is entitled "U.S. Public Health Law: Archaic or Relevant in the Context of Ebola?" For more information on the event, see http://www.aslme.org/the-39th-annual-health-law-professors-conference.
  Press Release: The Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) announces the promotion of Michael Vesely, JD to Academic Program Manager. The University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) announces that Michael Vesely, JD, has been promoted to Academic Program Manager. CHHS is at the forefront of groundbreaking emergency preparedness and homeland security education. Director Michael Greenberger, along with various staff members providing their industry expertise, have developed and deployed multiple courses and specializations at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Through the development of academic coursework CHHS is able to offer ...Read More
CHHS Cybersecurity Program Manager Markus Rauschecker wrote about the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) which recently passed the United States Senate. Check it out here.
CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger spoke with Slate about the recent shootings at a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado, and the law behind domestic terrorism. Check it out here.
CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger spoke yesterday with WJZ-TV in Baltimore about Maryland safety concerns in the wake of the Paris attacks. Check it out here.
On November 9th Senior Policy Analyst Eric Oddo, in coordination with UMB Environmental Health and Safety, facilitated a Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning workshop for the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON). COOP Planning is an organizational effort to ensure the capability exists to scale-down business operations and seamlessly continue essential functions under adverse conditions. The workshop was attended by over 20 staff members from UMSON, including Dean Jane Kirchsling, and key managers from Communications, Research, Information Technology and Administration. Participants collaboratively performed a comprehensive analysis of UMSON’s mission essential functions, resource requirements, orders of succession for leadership, and ...Read More
CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger and CHHS Research Assistant Jules Szanton were both quoted in a CBS Marketwatch article on data theft, in light of the U.S. Justice Department announcing the largest theft of consumer data in history. Check it out here.
CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger spoke yesterday with WJZ-TV in Baltimore about the danger of terrorism on commercial jets. The interview was in response to the Russian airliner that crashed in the Sinai Peninsula. See the interview here.
CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst Clark Lee will participate in an expert panel on Public Awareness, Behavior and Education at the national drowsy driving forum "Asleep at the Wheel: A Nation of Drowsy Drivers" hosted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Wednesday November 4th at 3:15pm. For more information: http://www.nhtsa.gov/nht…/symposiums/november2015/index.html
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh has appointed CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger to the Maryland Cybersecurity Council, which is charged with reviewing the state’s cyber readiness and developing a comprehensive plan to respond to and recover from attacks. For more, see our Press Release
Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron spoke with WJZ-TV about the arrest of Wayne Simmons, a cable news commentator who allegedly lied about being a CIA agent.
CHHS Cybersecurity Program Manager Markus Rauschecker had his article Why Education in the Law and Policy of Cybersecurity is a Must published in the Fall 2015 edition of the U.S. Cybersecurity Magazine.
Greenberger was interviewed by NewsmaxTV regarding the spike in violence in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray on October 7, 2015.
CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was quoted in Fox News New York for the story Bloody Baltimore: No end seen to post-Freddie Gray spike in homicides, shootings on October 5, 2015.
Earlier this week, it appeared that the Mid-Atlantic could be in the crosshairs for a potentially dangerous Atlantic tropical cyclone.  Several weather models Monday and Tuesday showed soon-to-be Hurricane Joaquin making landfall in the Chesapeake Bay, which would have been a major natural disaster for the surrounding areas. As the Capital Weather Gang blog from the Washington Post put it, a direct landfall would have meant 6 to 12 inches of rain, damaging winds, downed trees and electrical lines, storm surges and widespread flooding from streams and rivers. However, over the past couple of days, the models have gradually shifted ...Read More
In its “Lessons Learned” document from Hurricane Katrina, the George W. Bush administration noted that although Federal, State, and local agencies had communications plans and assets at the ready, the plans and assets were, “neither sufficient nor adequately integrated to respond effectively to the disaster.” Furthermore, the report stated that the inability to communicate effectively among first responders, "clearly impeded coordination and communication at the Federal, State, and local levels.” According to a report issued by the U.S. Army War College, the communications failures were significant enough to cause, “undue death and destruction in” in affected areas.[1] As we approach ...Read More
While the country’s attention has moved beyond last Fall’s Ebola panic, a new public health threat has emerged from a particularly disturbing place: a major U.S. hospital system. The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) health system notified 179 patients last week that they may have been exposed last fall to Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), which is a type of “superbug.” The patients were exposed during certain endoscopic procedures at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. The health system confirmed that 7 patients had been infected, and 2 had died as a result of the infection. A superbug refers to bacteria ...Read More
CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst Christopher Webster also contributed to this blog. Last week, an electrical fire in the Washington D.C. metro caused heavy smoke outside the L’Enfant Plaza Station. Dozens of passengers were trapped amidst thick black smoke. Carol Glover of Alexandria, Virginia tragically lost her life in the event; and, over 80 others were hospitalized due to smoke inhalation and other serious injuries. In the aftermath of the event, both local and national media have focused on the failure of emergency communications systems; specifically the 800 MHz radio, which did not function properly in the metro tunnels. ...Read More
A month ago, the Ebola outbreak was dominating the nightly news in the United States. One infected patient in Dallas had died, and an unknown number of medical professionals had been exposed. A man returning from Western Africa came to New York, rode the subway and went bowling. A nurse was quarantined in New Jersey under what she described as “inhumane” conditions. The outbreak even found its way into our own backyard, as the University of Maryland Medical Center handled a suspected Ebola patient. Over the past few weeks, however, Ebola left the front pages. The only person who had ...Read More