Press Release


Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency to Assess DHS 10 Years Later

Media Contacts: Mike Rosen, Charlotte Sellmyer (202) 226-8417

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, chaired by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), will hold a hearing entitled “Assessing DHS 10 Years Later: How Wisely is DHS Spending Taxpayer Dollars?” tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. in 311 Cannon House Office Building.

The Subcommittee hearing will address DHS’s progress and shortcomings in implementing its various missions, integrating its components, and its diligence in making sure taxpayer dollars are being spent efficiently. Members will have an opportunity to hear an evaluation of the strategies and plans DHS has in place for protection of the homeland going forward. The hearing will also allow Members to address the GAO High-Risk List which named DHS as failing to meet expectations in several areas.

Subcommittee Chairman Duncan said: “The terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 forced us to fundamentally rethink the threats our nation faces and our approach to defending the homeland. Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has a budget of almost $60 billion, employs more than 225,000 people, operates in more than 75 countries, and is the third largest federal agency.  At a time when our nation stands at over $16 trillion in debt, we cannot afford the luxury of spending on programs that do not meet core mission priorities. I look forward to seriously examining this issue in-depth tomorrow.”

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15 at 9:00 a.m.

Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency

Assessing DHS 10 Years Later: How Wisely is DHS Spending Taxpayer Dollars?

311 Cannon House Office Building

Witness List:

  • Hon. James Gilmore III, President, Free Congress Foundation
  • Mr. Rick “Ozzie” Nelson, Vice President for Business Development, Cross Match Technologies
  • Mr. Shawn Reese, Analyst, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Policy, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress
  • Ms. Cathleen Berrick, Managing Director, Homeland Security and Justice Issues, Government Accountability Office

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