Doug Bedell — September 13, 2013, 9:55 am

Consolidated Congressional Oversight Urged for DHS

Congress should consolidate the manner in which it oversees the Department of Homeland Security, an outside task force is urging. As reported by Government Security News, the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands and the Aspen Institute of Justice and Society “convened a task force of distinguished current and former members of Congress, executive branch and DHS officials, and other homeland security experts, to review this recommendation and suggest a strategy going forward.”

“While the failure to reform DHS oversight may be invisible to the public,” the Sunnylands-Aspen Institute task force advises, “it is not without consequence or risk. Fragmented jurisdiction impedes DHS’ ability to deal with three major vulnerabilities: the threats posed by small aircraft and boats; cyberattacks; and biological weapons.”

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