Subcommittee Hearing: Building One DHS: Why Can’t Management Information be Integrated?

March 1, 2012 2:30 PM | 311 Cannon House Office Building

NOTE TIME CHANGE: the hearing was originally scheduled for 10:00 a.m. but will now meet at 9:30 a.m.

Chairman McCaul on the hearing:

“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.”  

Opening Statements

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman

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The Honorable Rafael Borras
Under Secretary for Management
Department of Homeland Security
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Mr. David Maurer
Homeland Security and Justice Team
Government Accountability Office
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Mr. Charles K. Edwards
Acting Inspector General
Department of Homeland Security
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