There is a new unwritten rule at the Department of Homeland Security these days: Don’t use the word pilot or demonstration program in public or in official documents.
Seems a little odd?
Calling something a pilot in government is like shaking someone’s hand when you first meet them. It’s a well-worn and appreciated custom.
But at DHS these days, the words are verboten thanks to a little noticed provision in the Department of Homeland Security’s section of the fiscal 2022 omnibus spending bill.