Security and Savings: The Importance of Consolidating the Department of Homeland Security's Headquarters at St. Elizabeths   [open pdf - 1MB]

This is a Majority Staff Report of the United States Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. From the Executive Summary: "In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, our nation recognized grave short-comings in our security. To address them, Congress passed the Homeland Security Act, which pulled together 22 different agencies to form the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in order to foster a more unified and coordinated effort to defend our homeland. […] Today, DHS still operates out of more than 50 separate facilities in the Washington, DC region, many of which are physically inadequate. The current infrastructure used to house DHS has made it much more difficult to implement the vision behind the Homeland Security Act and create the collaborative approach envisioned. What motivated the effort to create the Department on paper--merging separate agencies with responsibility for security and response under one agency with a common set of goals--still does not physically exist today. As a result, the Department's ability to accomplish its mission, promote employee productivity, and communicate within its components remains difficult. We need to fix this."

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