WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, today released this statement following the announcement that the Department of Homeland Security will begin a 60-day review of the multicolored terror alert system that was implemented following September 11, 2001.
“I support the Administration’s effort to look into this issue to ensure that the terror alert system is working the best way possible,” Sen. Collins said. “In 2007, Senator Lieberman and I authored a law that required the Department of Homeland Security to revise the current system and to provide the maximum level of detail possible.
“Rather than rely solely on a color-coded designation, we wanted to make more information available to citizens, first responders, and the private sector, so that appropriate steps could be taken by local officials and the general public.”
In 2007, Senators Collins and Joseph Lieberman, current Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, authored the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act.