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Homeland Security Oversight, Investigations, and Management Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on DHS Acquisition Management Challenges

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Washington, D.C. – The Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management, chaired by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), will hold a hearing entitled “DHS Acquisition Management Challenges: Solutions for Saving Taxpayer Dollars” tomorrow at 9 a.m. in Room 311 Cannon House Office Building.

On Wednesday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report entitled “DHS Requires More Disciplined Investment Management to Help Meet Mission Needs,” which raises new concerns about the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) ability to manage its major acquisition programs. GAO’s report found cost overruns, schedule delays and workforce issues across 77 DHS program offices.

Tomorrow’s hearing will review GAO’s findings, as well as the findings of the Subcommittee’s investigative report released on August 1, which also identified serious shortcomings in DHS acquisition/contracting practices.  In addition, Members will have the opportunity to examine what DHS is doing to improve its acquisition management.

McCaul said: “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."

What:                Subcommittee Hearing: DHS Acquisition Management Challenges: Solutions for Saving Taxpayer Dollars

When:                 9 a.m., Friday, September 21, 2012

Where:               311 Cannon House Office Building

                          **Live video feed available HERE.         

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

Witness List:

Mr. John Hutton
Acquisition and Sourcing Management
Government Accountability Office

Dr. Nick Nayak
Chief Procurement Officer
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Mark Borkowski
Assistant Commissioner
Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition
Customs and Border Protection
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Ms. Karen Shelton Waters
Assistant Administrator
Office of Acquisition
Transportation Security Administration
U.S. Department of Homeland Security