Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction: DHS Office Has Opportunities to Improve Partner Services and Employee Morale, Statement of Tina Won Sherman, Director, Homeland Security and Justice, and Allison B. Bawden, Director, Natural Resources and Environment, Testimony Before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate   [open pdf - 688KB]

From the Document: "We are pleased to be here today to discuss our April 2022 report on the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD). Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons--collectively known as weapons of mass destruction-- have the potential to kill thousands of people in a single incident. A federal statute established CWMD in December 2018 to plan for, detect, deter, respond to, and defend against the threats of such weapons. In carrying out this mission, CWMD coordinates with partners at the federal, state, and local levels and provides them with technology, training, and information. CWMD's partners include DHS components, such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Coast Guard; other federal agencies, such as the Department of Defense, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration; and first responders and public health officials. Our testimony today will summarize the key findings from our April 2022 report. Specifically, we will discuss CWMD's efforts and ongoing challenges in two key areas: (1) serving its federal, state, and local partners and (2) improving morale within CWMD."

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