Homeland Security: Side-by-Side Comparison of H.R. 5005 and S. 2452, 107th Congress [Updated August 26, 2002]   [open pdf - 522KB]

"Leaders within the United States are involved in developing a strategy for the prevention of further terrorist attacks and for effective response and recovery should an event arise. One aspect of the strategy is to consider how the federal government should be most effectively organized in order to carry out its role. H.R. 5005 and S. 2452 have emerged as the lead legislative proposals for the related reorganization of the federal government. H.R. 5005 would create a Department of Homeland Security. In addition to establishing a department, S. 2452 would also create the National Office for Combating Terrorism, a unit within the Executive Office of the President, and the National Strategy for Combating Terrorism and the Homeland Security Response. Both proposals would transfer the functions, responsibilities, personnel, and other assets of existing agencies into the departmental structure. Congress is considering the scope and efficacy of the proposals. This report provides a comparison of the two bills. The comparison briefly sets out the provisions in each title. It uses H.R. 5005, as passed by the House July 26, as an organization base for the side-by-side comparison. Committee action on S.2452 was completed July 25. That text is used for comparison with the other measure. Appendix A, a second comparison, is on the positions proposed to be created. Finally, in Appendix B, the report identifies the Homeland Security Team, and CRS analysts who have been researching and analyzing homeland security issues."

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