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Department of Homeland Security at 10 Years: Examining Challenges and Achievements and Addressing Emerging Threats

Department of Homeland Security at 10 Years: Examining Challenges and Achievements and Addressing Emerging Threats, Hearing Before the United States Senate, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, September 11, 2013

On September 11, 2013 the United States Senate, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a hearing entitled, "Department of Homeland Security at 10 Years: Examining Challenges and Achievements and Addressing Emerging Threats." From the opening statement of Senator Tom Coburn: "This 12th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks is a sobering reminder of the threats that we face and our responsibility to keep America safe. The Department's original mission was focused on counter-terrorism: sharing intelligence and coordinating between agencies. Today, DHS's [Department of Homeland Security] mission looks very different, and it's unclear that the original mission is being fulfilled. The Department's original counter-terrorism mission has transformed into an 'all-hazards preparedness' mission, including subsidizing state and local public safety spending. Given the $17 trillion national debt and the federal government's growing obligations, we do not have the luxury of continuing to increase DHS's mission, programs, and budget. Instead, this Committee and the next DHS Secretary have a responsibility to focus the agency on a clear mission for the next decade."

Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Senator Tom Coburn, Committee Chairman Thomas R. Carper, Senator Jeffrey Chiesa, The Honorable Thomas J. Ridge, The Honorable Jane Harman, Admirable Thad W. Allen, and The Honorable Stewart A. Baker.

A compilation of this hearing is available via the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) here.