Acquisition Oversight: How Effectively Is DHS Safeguarding Taxpayer Dollars? Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, April 22, 2015 [open pdf - 351KB]
This is the April 22, 2015 testimony entitled "Acquisition Oversight: How Effectively Is DHS Safeguarding Taxpayer Dollars?," held before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency of the House Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Scott Perry: "The Department of Homeland Security, the DHS, spends billions of taxpayer dollars each year on a variety of programs intended to better secure the homeland, including systems to secure the border, screen travelers, protect cyber infrastructure, and respond to disasters, among other missions. DHS' current major acquisition program ultimately may cost taxpayers over $200 billion. Needless to say, strong accountability and oversight is absolutely necessary to guard against waste, fraud, and abuse. Since its creation, DHS has had its share of acquisition failures. Customs and Border Protection's Secure Border Initiative network, SBInet, and the Coast Guard's Deepwater Program remain models of how not to manage an acquisition program. SBInet alone cost taxpayers over $1 billion, with few results from that investment. Since 2005, watchdogs at the Government Accountability Office have had DHS' acquisition management on its high-risk list. Despite steps taken by DHS to issue an acquisition policy that reflects program management practices and create an office focused on acquisition oversight, programs continue to put taxpayer dollars at risk." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Michele Mackin, Chip Fulghum, and Cedric J. Sims.
Serial No. 114-15
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