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A Look Ahead: House Committee on Homeland Security


Location: Washington, DC


Chairman McCaul on the hearing: "From CBP's Secure Border Initiative Network or "SBI-Net' to TSA's Explosive Trace Portal program or "puffer machines,' challenges related to major acquisition programs have plagued DHS for years. To its credit, the Department issued an acquisition policy in 2008 that reflected aspects of best practices. Unfortunately, a new GAO report has found DHS senior leaders rarely hold programs accountable to this policy. Almost 90 percent of the programs GAO reviewed were approved by DHS leadership without adhering to the policy. GAO also found that almost every program it analyzed faced significant challenges, such as cost overruns, schedule delays, or workforce shortfalls. The American people deserve a DHS that effectively protects the homeland and doesn't squander limited taxpayer dollars. This hearing will examine these challenges and seek solutions to ensure a more efficient and effective Department."


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