Serial No. 107-203: Homeland Security Reorganization: What Impact on Federal Law Enforcement and Drug Interdiction: Hearing before the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources of the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives One Hundred Seventh Congress, Second Session, June 17, 2002   [open pdf - 3MB]

The purpose of this hearing is to discuss the President's proposal to create a new cabinet Department of Homeland Security. Addressed are issues of Federal law enforcement organization, drug interdiction, border security, or their interrelationship with increased demand of homeland security. "However this reform emerges, it is inevitable that there will be a profound impact on Federal law enforcement activities unrelated to terrorism on our Nation's drug interdiction and border patrol efforts and on operations at several Federal departments within the subcommittee's jurisdiction. Our challenge as we move through this process will be to determine how best to ensure the continuation and preservation of these missions within the new department. We also must optimize the organization of other agencies, such as the DEA, the FBI and law enforcement in the Treasury Department, which share tasks with agencies destined for the new department. And finally we must consider the many incidental benefits and synergies which will arise from the President's proposal. These include increased operational coordination of narcotics and migrant interdiction efforts among agencies that will now be united as well as a significantly improved focus on the links between drug trade and international terrorism." Statements, witnesses and submissions: Robert Kramek, Donnie Marshall, Peter Nunez, Douglas Kruhm, Stephen Flynn, Mark Souder, Elijah Cummings, Janice Schakowsky and Dan Miller.

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