Making DHS More Efficient: Industry Recommendations to Improve Homeland Security, Hearing Before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, September 18, 2015   [open pdf - 646KB]

This testimony compilation is from the September 18, 2015 hearing on "Making DHS More Efficient: Industry Recommendations to Improve Homeland Security," before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security. From the Opening Statement of Scott Perry, "Today's hearing provides us with an important opportunity to examine how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can improve its management using proven, private sector best practices. In the early years after the creation of DHS, Department officials understandably were focused on preventing another major attack on the homeland; however, from the outset, DHS faced significant challenges, including consolidating 22 preexisting component agencies, reporting to a multitude of Congressional committees, and working diligently to strike the balance between national security and protecting privacy and civil liberties. Furthermore, a longstanding failure to adhere to strong management practices led to high profile failures, such as wasting a billion dollars on the failed Secure Border Initiative Network (SBI-Net) and mothballed 'puffer machines' that eventually were pulled from airports. Such mismanagement eroded public confidence in DHS and continues to hinder it today." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Marc Pearl, Harry Totonis, and Elaine Duke.

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