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DHS 'ratifies' prior actions by former Acting Secretary and USCIS Deputy Director

  1. Date Announced

    Oct. 16, 2020

    DHS ratifies several previous actions by former Acting Secretary of DHS Kevin K. McAleenan and one previous action by USCIS Deputy Director for Policy Joseph Edlow. This ratification is signed by Acting Secretary Wolf. [ID #1111]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    Oct. 7, 2020
  3. Subsequent Action

    November 16, 2020

    Acting Secretary Wolf issued a second "ratification" of prior actions taken by former Acting Secretary McAleenan and Deputy Director Edlow 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 Certain Actions Taken by McAleenan and Edlow
  4. Subsequent Action

    November 25, 2020

    DHS publishes ratifications in the Federal Register "out of an abundance of caution," while maintaining that Acting Secretary Wolf had the authority to issue these ratifications.

    Ratification of Department Actions
  5. Subsequent Action

    January 13, 2021

    After issuing a new order of succession and resigning as Acting Secretary on January 11, now-Undersecretary for Strategy, Policy, and Plans Wolf issued a memo affirming and ratifying each of his prior delegable actions as DHS Acting Secretary, as limited, certain delegable actions taken by former Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan, and one delegable action taken by USCIS Deputy Director for Policy Joseph Edlow.

    Under Secretary Wolf Ratifies Prior Delegable Actions as DHS Acting Secretary

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