Oversight, Investigations, and Management Subcommittee to Convene Third Hearing in Series on DHS Effectiveness -- TOMORROW

Washington, D.C. – The Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management, chaired by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), will hold a hearing entitled “Eliminating Waste, Fraud, Abuse, and Duplication in the Department of Homeland Security” tomorrow at 9 a.m. in Room 311 Cannon House Office Building.

Tomorrow’s hearing, the third in a series of subcommittee hearings on DHS effectiveness, will examine the findings of several recent reports by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), DHS Inspector General (IG), and others that have highlighted areas of duplication and opportunities for cost savings within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Specifically, this examination will give Members the opportunity to review the findings of GAO’s February 2012 report, which found six new duplicative and cost savings areas in DHS including the Federal Protective Service’s (FPS) collection of $236 million in fees from agencies for facility risk assessments never performed and the lack of justification and cost estimates for plans to deploy border surveillance technologies in Arizona. 

These findings are in addition to GAO’s 2011 findings, which listed 10 DHS duplicative and cost savings areas, none of which have been fully addressed by DHS to date.

Members will also assess multiple 2011 DHS IG reports, which combined identified over $860 million in questionable or inefficient spending among multiple DHS agencies. The IG’s findings led to over 150 arrests, which uncovered immigration officers accepting bribes, thefts by airport screeners, and CBP officers conspiring with drug traffickers, among other issues.

McCaul said: “Last month, Secretary Janet Napolitano testified the President’s fiscal year 2013 budget request reflects DHS’s commitment to use resources efficiently and effectively. However, GAO and the DHS Inspector General continue to find numerous cases of waste, fraud, abuse, and duplication within the Department.  GAO issued a comprehensive report recently listing duplication and cost savings.  For example, some Government agencies are paying DHS’s Federal Protective Service for facility risk assessments that are not being performed, and at the same time conducting their own internal risk assessments.  Likewise, DHS is implementing its Arizona Border Surveillance Technology Plan, however GAO found DHS cannot justify the rationale for specific types of technologies, how much they need, and where to put it. Most American families must make tough choices in this challenging economic environment.  Many have already eliminated waste from their budgets, and now are looking for cost savings.  We expect no less of the Department. The hearing will focus on opportunities to eliminate waste, fraud, abuse, and duplication. Our goal is to help make DHS a stronger organization that is ready to combat the threats we face and maximize increasingly scarce resources.”

What:                Subcommittee Hearing on “Eliminating Waste, Fraud, Abuse, and Duplication in the Department of Homeland Security”

When:                 9 a.m., Thursday, March 8, 2012

Where:                311 Cannon House Office Building

                           **Live video feed will be available HERE

Opening statements, witness testimony, and the live video feed will be available online HERE

Witness List:

The Honorable James Gilmore III
Former Governor of Virginia and Chairman of the
Congressional Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic
Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of
Mass Destruction

Ms. Cathleen Berrick
Managing Director
Homeland Security and Justice Issues
Government Accountability Office

Mr. Charles K. Edwards
Acting Inspector General
Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Scott Lilly
Senior Fellow
Center for American Progress

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