HENKE DHS CONTROVERSY NOT A FIRST. Tracy Henke's tenure at DHS has been rocky from the start. According to a Maryland paper:

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley Friday criticized Department of Homeland Security officials for inefficiently allocating grant money and failing to establish tangible priorities.

O'Malley was presiding over a homeland security task force meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors at the Capital Hilton Hotel. Twenty mayors from across the nation attended.

O'Malley said the department "had no answers again" when he asked two homeland security directors in attendance about the top three priorities of the department.

The pair -- Office of Grants and Training Executive Director Tracy Henke and Coordination and Preparedness Acting Director Chet Lunner -- did not directly answer the question, but promised O'Malley they would work to get local governments appropriate resources.

"It's the same assurances we receive every year," O'Malley said. "I believe if you continue to cut funding at the current rate, it'll be eliminated."

Sounds like he and Michael Bloomberg and Tony Williams are going to have something to talk about.

--Garance Franke-Ruta