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DHS 'ratifies' Acting Secretary's prior actions in response to GAO opinion

  1. Date Announced

    Sept. 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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  2. Effective Date of Change

    Sept. 17, 2020
  3. Subsequent Action

    November 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
  4. Subsequent Action

    November 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

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