Department of Homeland Security Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2017, Hearing Before the Subcommittee of the Department of Homeland Security of the Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, February 24, 2016   [open pdf - 234KB]

This is the February 24, 2016 hearing on "Department of Homeland Security" held before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee of the Department of Homeland Security of the Committee on Appropriations. The purpose of this hearing is to establish a budget for fiscal year 2017 for the Department of Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Senator John Hoeven: "As a result of those reductions, we are facing a very tight budget this year, I think a more challenging budget this year than last year. And obviously, we are not going to be able to fund all of the things outlined in this budget, but we are going to have to do some reprioritization in these areas that I emphasized. We need your priorities, Mr. Secretary, and your ideas for addressing some of these areas, and we will be talking about those areas specifically today and getting your input. I want to specifically understand your personnel costs since salaries and benefits are your largest cost drivers. And then we have both attrition and areas where you are not able to fill the number of people that you need, more Border Patrol agents, for example, Secret Service, you know, areas where we have got to find ways to fill those slots. Also, I want to continue our conversation regarding metrics […] The Department needs to do all it can to assess its needs and demonstrate its effectiveness through data and metrics. We need to be able to track that progress." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jeh C. Johnson.

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