Serial No. 109-180: Code Yellow: Is the DHS Acquisition Bureaucracy a Formula for Disaster? Hearing before the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, July 27, 2006 [open pdf - 5MB]
From the opening statement of Committee Chairman Tom Davis, "No one thought that merging 22 disparate functions, personnel systems and cultures into the new Department of Homeland Security would be quick or easy. But we did expect that by now critical acquisition functions would be well integrated and well managed--an efficient engine driving the Department's evolving mission. Instead, through aggressive oversight, we have uncovered clear evidence of huge cost overruns, chronically lax contract management and preventable vulnerability to waste, abuse and mismanagement. In a very bipartisan effort here, the staff report provided to our committee today documented large-scale systematic flaws in the Department of Homeland Security's acquisition management. A fractured purchasing system is hobbling the Department's ability to meet core missions in border security, emergency management, information sharing and other key issues." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Clark Kent Ervin, Michael J. Sullivan, Elijah E. Cummings, Tom Davis, Elaine C. Duke, Todd Russell Platts, Henry A. Waxman and David M. Zavada.
Serial No. 109-180
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