Strategy and Mission of the DHS Science and Technology Directorate, Joint Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies of the Committee on Homeland Security, U.S. House of Representatives and the Subcommittee on Research and Technology of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, September 9, 2014   [open pdf - 316KB]

This testimony compilation is from the September 9, 2014 joint subcommittee hearing on "Strategy and Mission of the DHS Science and Technology Directorate," held before U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security and Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. From the opening statement of Patrick Meehan: "The DHS [Department of Homeland Security] Science and Technology Directorate was established by Congress to be the primary research and development arm of the Department of Homeland Security. In this role, S&T [Science & Technology] manages science and technology research and provides acquisition support for the Department's operational components, and works with partners to do basic research and provide technology solutions to first responders. It is no secret that the Science and Technology Directorate has had challenges since its creation. Despite several restructurings and close congressional oversight, the S&T Directorate continues to face difficulties in fulfilling its mission. Problems with priority-setting and strategic planning for the directorate's R&D programs as well as balancing incremental efforts with high risk, high reward research remain a challenge. In addition, there continue to be challenges with working with the operational components in both research and acquisition support activities. Our committees have been working together to develop authorizing language for the S&T Directorate to give it the clarity, structure and tools it needs while ensuring it remains accountable. I look forward to working with everyone here as we develop that legislation. […] S&T has a unique position and opportunity to be, as you said in your written testimony, 'the glue between operational elements.' We look forward hearing about specific successes that S&T has accomplished working with operational components. And just as important, we look forward to hearing how S&T intends to balance the long-term research agenda with short-term operational technology development and acquisition support." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Reginald Brothers, and David C. Maurer.

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House Hearing 113-83 and House Hearing 113-91; H. Hrg. 113-83 and H. Hrg. 113-91; Serial No. 113-83 and Serial No. 113-91
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