Oversight, Investigations, and Management Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Streamlining DHS Management Systems – TOMORROW 9:30 a.m.

Washington, D.C. – The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management, chaired by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), will hold a hearing entitled “Building One DHS: Why Can't Management Information be Integrated?”  tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. in Room 311 Cannon House Office Building.

Tomorrow’s hearing, the second in a series of subcommittee hearings on DHS effectiveness, will examine the Department of Homeland Security’s progress on integrating its core management systems: acquisition management, IT management, financial management, human capital management, and management integration in general. Currently, DHS management integration remains on the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) High Risk List, released February 2011. As of December 2011, DHS has addressed only two out of 31 “Key Outcomes” for this high risk area. 

This examination will give Members the opportunity to assess DHS’s management systems, the progress being made on integration, and the strategy for addressing its status on GAO’s High Risk List.

McCaul said: “Nearly a decade after the Department of Homeland Security was created, its agencies that thwart terrorist attacks by protecting air travelers, securing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws continue to operate in vacuums with vast duplication of administrative functions.  Because of this, DHS management integration continues to be on the Government Accountability Office's High Risk list for waste, fraud, abuse or in need of broad reform.  Integrating basic management information is necessary to effectively run any large organization.  Industry has demonstrated, through mergers and acquisitions, management information integration can be accomplished effectively.  Without it, it is impossible for any manager, either government or private corporation, to conduct oversight, prevent duplicative programs, save taxpayer dollars or effectively carry out the organization's mission – in this case protecting the American people.  Although Secretary Napolitano has said she wants to build "One DHS," without integrating core management functions a “One DHS” will not happen, and equally important taxpayer dollars will be wasted.”  

What:                   Subcommittee Hearing on “Building One DHS: Why Can't Management Information be Integrated?”

When:                 9:30 a.m., Thursday, March 1, 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 Rafael Borras
Under Secretary for Management
Department of Homeland Security

Mr. David Maurer
Director
Homeland Security and Justice Team
Government Accountability Office

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

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