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House Homeland Security Oversight, Investigations, and Management Subcommittee Passes DHS Accountability Act

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Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management, chaired by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), passed by voice vote, H.R. 5913, bipartisan legislation to increase the accountability and efficiency of the management of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

H.R. 5913, the DHS Accountability Act of 2012, as amended, will create an independent advisory panel to conduct a comprehensive, top-to-bottom assessment of the management structure and capabilities of DHS.  The eight member panel will provide recommendations on how to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the management of DHS, with a report due within two years of the panel’s appointment.

McCaul said:  “I have doubts the Department can carry out its core mission of protecting the Homeland if the problems persist.  These issues of corruption, waste, duplication, and abuse of power are all symptomatic of deeply rooted flaws in the Department’s management.  I am committed to seeing DHS function with efficiency, and this is a step forward.”

The bill was introduced in June by McCaul, along with Rep. Billy Long (R-MO), Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee, and Rep. Bill Keating (D-MA), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee.

H.R. 5913, as amended, will be sent to the Full Committee.

For more information on today’s markup, visit the Committee on Homeland Security website.