With the U.S. challenged by such threats as cyberwarfare and election hacking, former heads of Homeland Security pressed Congress to streamline DHS oversight. An APPC-linked task force had recommended the reform.
The first-ever reauthorization of the Department of Homeland Security is likely to include steps to streamline congressional oversight of the department, a move recommended by the Sunnylands-Aspen task force.
The House of Representatives passed the first-ever reauthorization bill for the Department of Homeland Security, a key recommendation of the Sunnylands-Aspen Institute Task Force on congressional oversight of DHS.
The three former Homeland Security secretaries called for Congress to streamline oversight of the Department of Homeland Security as "a matter of critical importance to national security on which there is broad bipartisan agreement."
On the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the three former U.S. Secretaries of Homeland Security recommended that Congress streamline its oversight of the Department of Homeland Security as “a matter of critical importance to national security on which there is broad bipartisan agreement.”
The struggle against terrorism "has entered a new and dangerous phase," members of the 9/11 Commission said on the 10-year anniversary of their report. The group's new report, developed with APPC and the Bipartisan Policy Center, identified emerging threats and continuing vulnerabilities.
Ten years ago, the 9/11 Commission urged Congress to overhaul its supervision of the Department of Homeland Security in the name of national security. At the time, Homeland Security answered to 88 Congressional committees and subcommittees. The issue was spotlighted in an ad in the New York Times.
At the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, national security experts including former 9/11 Commission chair Thomas H. Kean agreed that the nation is not as safe as it could or should be. One problem: Congressional oversight of the Department of Homeland Security was in the hands of too many committees and subcommittees.
More than 60 leaders in national defense urged Congress today to reform the way it oversees homeland security, saying that the current system jeopardizes national security and leaves the nation vulnerable to cyber-attacks, bioterrorism, and other threats.
On the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a bipartisan task force of homeland-security experts, government officials and former members of the 9/11 Commission has released a report outlining the need for stronger and clearer Congressional oversight of national security.