Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), newly appointed chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee has made a commitment to address poor DHS management. The departments dysfunctional management ... continues to hinder security operations and costs taxpayers billions of dollars in waste, he said.
Dysfunctional management specifically has occupied much of McCauls attention in recent months. On June 7, he introduced -- along with Reps. William Keating (D-Mass.) and Billy Long (R-Mo.) -- a bill, known as the DHS Accountability Act (HR 5913), to set up an independent panel to study the management structure of capabilities of DHS and submit to Congress recommendations to make management more effective and efficient. The panel also was to seek ways to streamline DHS practices and programs.
The House passed the bill by voice vote on Nov. 27 and sent it to the Senate, where it was referred to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The Senate committee never acted on the bill.
McCaul likely will use his increased power and visibility to focus even more on DHS management challenges as homeland security chairman in the 113th Congress.
He has called corruption, waste and abuse, and duplication of efforts at DHS symptomatic of deeply rooted flaws in the department\'s management.
Source: Homeland Security Today, http://www.hstoday.us/industry-news/general/single-article/new-house-homeland-security-chairman-sets-legislative-priorities/3b50605f3007c01dd5163a24985ed2ea.html