Charting a Path Forward: The Homeland Security Department's Quadrennial Homeland Security Review and Bottom-Up Review, Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session, July 21, 2010   [open pdf - 19MB]

From the opening statement of Joseph I. Lieberman: "In the 9/11 Recommendations Act of 2007, Congress mandated that the DHS carry out a Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) as a way to develop and update strategies for homeland security within the Federal Government and ensure that the Department's programs and activities were aligned with that homeland security strategy. The Act required that the initial QHSR be provided to Congress by the end of 2009. The QHSR was modeled on the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) that was put in place in the 1990s to ensure that the leaders of the U.S. military would focus on emerging national security threats, that to some extent the requirement to do the QDR would force them to look above the pressing events of the day, over the horizon to the challenges that were ahead, and then to develop and present to Congress and the public the strategies and resources to counter them. The QHSR report, which was completed in early February, and the follow-on Bottom-Up Review (BUR) report, which was completed and issued just a few weeks ago, are meant to serve the same purpose for homeland security. They have the potential, I think, to be the catalyst for ongoing transformation and improvement of the Department, as well as across our entire homeland security community outside of the Department, and in that sense, we are very fortunate to have Ms. Lute with us because I know that she oversaw these two reports. This morning we want to hear about the results of the process, including the impact that it is having on strategic planning more broadly within the Department and at other homeland security agencies." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Joseph I. Lieberman, Susan Collins, George V. Voinovich,Scott P. Brown, John McCain, and Jane Holl Lute.

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