Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session, March 3, 2010   [open pdf - 163KB]

From the opening statement: "The subcommittee is meeting today to receive testimony from Under Secretary Tara O'Toole on the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate. Dr. O'Toole, we are pleased to have you here today. The S&T Directorate is a critical element of the Department's efforts to secure the homeland, and I know many of us are eager to hear about your plans and priorities for S&T. Spurred by the findings of several reports, the committee initiated a comprehensive review of the organization and activities of the Science and Technology Directorate. Our purpose was to identify areas within the directorate that necessitate additional oversight or modifications to legislative authorities. In doing so, we have received--excuse me, we have reviewed the Homeland Security Act and the Department's use of the authorities of Congress has vested in it. We have also received insight and information from DHS [Department of Homeland Security] leadership, stakeholders, the R&D community, business leaders, and independent analysts. It is clear that improvements have been made since the directorate was first stood up. Many of us share the opinion of the National Academy of Public Administration, which stated in its comprehensive review of S&T in 2009 that ''S&T has made strides towards becoming a mature and productive research and development organization, particularly during the last 3 years.'" Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Yvette D. Clark, Daniel E. Lungren, and Tara O'Toole.

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