Lungren, Bilirakis Release Majority Staff Report Detailing Homeland Security-Hindering Regulations and Red Tape

Sep 12, 2012 Issues: Preparedness for and Response to Terrorist Attacks and Natural Disasters, Oversight of DHS Management

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies, and Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, released a Majority Staff report entitled “Regulating Away Our Security: Consequences of Agency Actions on Homeland Security,” detailing a web of bureaucratic regulations and red tape that have hindered our homeland security, cost lives, and wasted money.

In the 18-page report, the Committee’s Majority Staff analyzed a number of executive branch regulations and orders relating to mitigation and response to terrorist attacks and natural disasters.  The big-government regulations and orders often overlap, leave security gaps, and result in coordination and information-sharing challenges.  The report notes that “until [DHS] begins a concerted effort to improve, the response to and recovery from future terrorist attacks, natural disasters, and other emergencies will be hindered.  Federal regulations that impact DHS should be streamlined, harmonized, and integrated into a more unified response/recovery framework that prioritizes people over government red tape.”

Subcommittee Chairman Lungren said: “Every year over 3,000 final regulatory rules are issued by executive branch agencies.  The President also uses executive orders to provide instructions on various policy matters to other Federal agencies.  This type of over regulation places a heavy cost burden on our business sector and discourages economic expansion.  Over regulation also leads to duplication, conflicts, and security gaps among Federal agencies, which jeopardizes our homeland security. This report highlights some of those examples.”

Subcommittee Chairman Bilirakis said: "Throughout the 112th Congress, Republicans have worked to identify and address regulations that hinder growth or are otherwise inefficient or ill-advised.  This report identifies regulations that threaten our security and hamper our ability to efficiently and effectively recover from disasters.  I urge the Secretary of Homeland Security, working with relevant Federal partners, to address these issues, and we stand ready to assist her in developing a regulatory structure that enhances, not hinders, our Nation’s security."

The report is available HERE

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