Department of Homeland Security Reorganization: The 2SR Initiative [August 19, 2005]   [open pdf - 105KB]

From the Document: "In one of his first actions as Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge's successor, Michael Chertoff, on March 2, 2005, the day before he was sworn in as Secretary, announced in testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security that he was 'initiating a comprehensive review of the Department's organization, operations, and policies.' This effort, he said, would begin 'within days.' The results of that undertaking, which came to be known as the Second Stage Review or 2SR, were made public in mid-July. As Secretary Chertoff explained, 2SR involved the evaluation of a variety of operational and policy issues, and among those was 'the DHS organizational structure, to make sure that our organization is best aligned to support our mission.' However, no report on the 2SR process and reforms was issued. This report focuses primarily on the conclusions and proposals resulting from 2SR pertaining to organization and managerial lines of authority matters. Initial issues concern the means for realizing the proposed 2SR reorganization; the efficiencies and effectiveness that will result with the proposed flatter, but more sprawling, restructuring; and how new leadership positions will be established, filled, compensated, and situated in the DHS hierarchy. This report will be updated as events warrant."

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CRS Report for Congress, RL33042
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