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ASIS International’s CSO Roundtable Presents its First Leadership in Security Award to Maine Senator Susan Collins

Alexandria, Va 2009-10-20

​The CSO Roundtable of ASIS International today awarded its first Leadership in Security Award to Sen. Susan M. Collins, who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in reaching across the aisle to draft and pass several critical pieces of U.S. homeland security legislation. The Maine Republican, who currently serves as ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, boasts an impressive record of accomplishments in strengthening America against terrorism and natural disasters.

After Hurricane Katrina and the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s investigation into the government’s failed response to that disaster, Collins co-authored the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act, which strengthened FEMA within the Department of Homeland Security. Among other major reforms, the new law reunited FEMA’s preparedness and response capabilities to meet the challenges of all aspects of emergency management.

Among the bipartisan pieces of legislation she has written or co-authored are: the SAFE Port Act, which significantly strengthens port security; the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Act, which directs the Department of Homeland Security to require vulnerability assessments, establish security standards, and require plans and drills at high-risk chemical facilities; and the 2004 intelligence reform legislation, which represents the most sweeping changes to the U.S. intelligence community in more than 50 years and implements many of the recommendations of the 9-11 Commission with a focus on improving intelligence systems to help prevent terrorist attacks.

The Leadership in Security Award, introduced this year, goes to a security professional, public official, business executive or other deserving recipient who has demonstrated outstanding leadership toward the enhancement of security. The award to Collins was presented during today’s CSO Roundtable reception with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

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ASIS International is the preeminent organization for security professionals, with more than 37,000 members worldwide. Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests, such as the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, as well as specific security topics. ASIS also advocates the role and value of the security management profession to business, the media, government entities and the public. By providing members and the security community with access to a full range of programs and services, and by publishing the industry’s No. 1 magazine—Security Management—ASIS leads the way for advanced and improved security performance.
The CSO Roundtable became its own membership organization in 2008 to gain recognition for and enhance the standing of the CSO position; to assist CSOs in job performance, leadership and professional development; and to develop the next generation of corporate CSOs.  It fulfills this mission by creating networking opportunities, holding high-level conferences, and offering a password-protected Web site that delivers a discussion blog, thousands of documents including a dynamic inventory of policies and procedures, and a number of free resources and tools provided by partners. The site also carries CSO-relevant news and a private-messaging function. For more information, visit