Committee Releases DHS Overhead Waste Report

There is No Room for Error in Defense of Our Nation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)—the nation’s third largest federal department—continues to struggle with challenges from its initial integration of twenty-two different offices and agencies. The Department has a nationwide footprint with offices across the homeland. Today, the Majority Staff of the House Homeland Security Committee released a new report entitled Streamlining the Department of Homeland Security’s Overhead Will Make the Homeland Safer. Over the past year, the Committee carried out an in-depth investigation into DHS’ field efficiencies and real property portfolio. As part of the investigation, Committee staff reviewed relevant DHS testimony and real property data, examined more than twenty Government Accountability Office and Office of the Inspector General reports, and met with current and former government officials, industry executives, and various other stakeholder groups.

Chairman McCaul: “Despite existing for over 13 years, the Department of Homeland Security still struggles with many of the same inefficiencies and management challenges that plagued the Department when it was first established. My Committee has conducted site visits and interviews, held hearings, and put forth numerous legislative proposals to increase coordination between the Department’s numerous offices and agencies and ensure DHS is operating as efficiently as possible. There is no room for error in the defense of our nation. The more DHS wastes on unnecessary overhead costs, the less money and resources it has to carry out key missions including: border security, interior enforcement, cybersecurity, aviation security, and supporting first responders.”

Report Streamlining DHS-03

The complete report is available here.