Date AnnouncedSept. 23, 2020
Acting Secretary Wolf signs a "ratification" of delegable prior actions taken as Acting Secretary, in response to GAO opinion and litigation challenging order of succession under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act (FVRA). The "ratification" asserts that Acting Secretary Wolf properly assumed office pursuant to orders of succession issued by former Secretary Nielsen and Acting Secretary McAleenan. While the "ratification" applies to all prior actions taken by Acting Secretary Wolf from November 13, 2019 to September 10, 2020, it specifically references the USCIS fee rule, 85 FR 46788 (Aug. 3, 2020).
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Effective Date of ChangeSept. 17, 2020
Subsequent ActionNovember 16, 2020
Acting Secretary Wolf issues a second "ratification" of his prior actions on November 16, 2020.
President Trump submitted Acting Secretary Wolf's nomination to the Senate on September 10, 2020. FEMA Administrator Gaynor then issued a revised order of succession, pursuant to the HSA, 6 U.S.C. 113(g)(2), on November 14, 2020. The second ratification followed the Gaynor order.DHS Issues Ratification of Actions Taken by Acting Secretary Chad Wolf
Subsequent ActionNovember 25, 2020
DHS publishes a notice in the Federal Register regarding two documents signed on 11/16/20 ratifying previous actions taken by Chad Wolf, Kevin McAleenan, and Joseph Edlow.DHS Notice of Ratification Documents
Type of Action: Agency Directive
Agencies Affected: DHS