National Protection and Programs Directorate: Factors to Consider when Reorganizing, Statement of Chris Currie, Director, Homeland Security and Justice, Testimony Before the Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies Subcommittee of the Homeland Security Committee, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 213KB]

"NPPD [National Protection and Programs Directorate] is the DHS component responsible for addressing physical and cyber infrastructure protection, a mission area of critical importance in today's threat environment. Critical infrastructure owners and operators continue to experience increasingly sophisticated cyber intrusions and a 'cyber-physical convergence' has changed the risks to critical infrastructure ranging from energy and transportation to agriculture and health care, according to a DHS strategic review. NPPD's potential reorganization is the latest in DHS's organizational evolution. In 2003, GAO [Government Accountability Office] designated implementing and transforming DHS as high risk because DHS had to transform 22 agencies-several with major management challenges-into one department. The overriding tenet has consistently remained DHS's ability to build a single, cohesive, and effective department that is greater than the sum of its parts-a goal that requires effective collaboration and integration of its various components and management functions. This statement describes key factors for consideration in a NPPD reorganization. It includes observations from GAO's prior work on organizational change, reorganization, and transformation, applicable themes from GAO's high risk list, and NPPD related areas from GAO's work in assessing programmatic duplication, overlap, and fragmentation. This testimony is based on reports we issued from 2003 through 2015."

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