Homeland Security Policymaking: HSC at a Crossroads and Presidential Study, Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, April 2, 2009 [open pdf - 197KB]
From the opening statement of Bennie G. Thompson: "The committee is meeting today to consider what the future of homeland security policymaking at the White House should look like and whether or not the existing National Security Council and Homeland Security Council structures should be reconsidered. The Homeland Security Council [HSC] was stood up in 2001--in the wake of September 11 attacks--to enhance our Nation's ability to deter, detect, prevent, and respond to terrorism. Later that year, when Congress authorized the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, the decision was made to also codify--in law--the Homeland Security Council. The language of Title IX sets forth the composition and mission of the council. The Homeland Security Council is responsible for providing advice to the President on homeland security policies based on assessments of our Nation's risks. It is also charged with overseeing, reviewing, and making recommendations to the President on Federal homeland security policies. In its short history, the Homeland Security Council, by most accounts, has been an important driver of preparedness and response activities throughout the Nation. With the change in administration, the timing is ripe for asking key questions about whether how--ask key questions about whether how we have been doing homeland security policymaking over the past 8 years is still the right way to go. The President is to be commended for issuing Presidential Directive-- 1, which establishes a study team to examine how to improve security policymaking at the White House." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Bennie G. Thompson, Peter T. King, Shelia Jackson-Lee, Kenneth L. Wainstein, Frances Fragos Townsend, Philip J. Palin, Thomas C. Frazier, and Bruce Hoffman.
Serial No. 111-16
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