Napolitano traveling to New Orleans to discuss Super Bowl security

January 29, 2013
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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. (Chip Somodevilla /Getty)

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is scheduled to visit New Orleans on Wednesday to talk Super Bowl security with NFL Vice President Jeffrey Miller and other officials, according to a press release from the agency.

Homeland Security will apparently provide federal resources to ensure the safety of fans, players and workers during what is arguably the most popular sporting event in the nation.

This raised a few questions in the mind of the Federal Eye:

1.) How much money will DHS spend on Super Bowl Security this year? How much did the agency spend during previous years?

2.)  How does DHS decide which sporting events warrant the use of its resources?

3.) What type of security assets will DHS provide? Anything new this year compared to previous Super Bowls?

4.) Where does the DHS’s Super Bowl security money come from? Does the agency have a special fund for major sporting events like this?

5.) Does the NFL reimburse the federal government for some of these costs?

6.) Does Napolitano really need to be in New Orleans on Wednesday? One would think the security plans are fully in place, considering the Super Bowl takes place in six days and the site was chosen more than three years ago.

The Federal Eye submitted questions to the DHS press office today and plans to post the responses if/when they come.

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Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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