Department of Homeland Security: Options for House and Senate Committee Organization [Updated November 21, 2002] [open pdf - 32KB]
"With the passage of H.R. 5710, to create a new Department of Homeland Security, Congress has begun discussions regarding the appropriate congressional structure to conduct oversight and fund the new department. Section 1503 of the legislation states the sense of Congress that each chamber should review its committee structure in light of the reorganization of the executive branch. Each chamber can decide to retain its current structure, make minor alterations to its current jurisdictional alignment, make extensive jurisdictional changes, or create new select or standing committees. Changes can also be made in the structure of the Appropriations Committees. This report addresses some of the options currently being discussed and provides information on legislation in the 107th Congress that attempts to alter the current committee system. The report will be updated as events warrant."
CRS Report for Congress, RS21360