Chertoff Writing Book On His Experiences At Homeland Security, Justice Dept.

03/07/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Michael Chertoff, the former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, is writing a book about his experiences at the department and his previous time as the head of the Justice Department's criminal division, a DHS spokesman tells Huffington Post.

Chertoff is currently taking some downtime in the Washington area before he goes on vacation with his family. In addition to writing a book, he will also be doing public speaking, according to the spokesman.

For speaking engagements, Chertoff is already represented by the Harry Walker Agency, which explains on its Website that the "leader and statesman" is available to speak about the legal war on terror ("...Chertoff advocated smart, aggressive and creative tactics to meet the newly urgent threat of terrorism"), terror's continuing threat, cyber-security, risk and crisis management ("Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma"), and solving the immigration crisis.

Chertoff's previous publication, "Secretary Michael Chertoff's 'Select Speeches' From 2005-2008," raised some eyebrows when it was revealed that $11,200 in DHS Chief of Staff funds were spent to publish the book. The books were intended as gifts for DHS alumni who worked for the agency during Chertoff's tenure.

The publication was a little unusual -- the department did not put together a similar homage for previous DHS Secretary Tom Ridge, reports Think Progress.

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