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Homeland Security Reauthorization Passes House

Rep. Michael McCaul, (R-Texas), introduced the DHS Authorization Act of 2017 on June 8, in hopes of helping the agency navigate complex oversight from Capitol Hill. This past week the House of Representatives passed "The DHS Authorization Act of 2017" (H.R. 2825) with a vote of 386 to 41, marking the first time the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been reauthorized since its official authorization since 2002.

Now that bill has passed the house, companion legislation in the Senate sponsored by Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) could give the effort more support.

I'm confident" the Senate effort will be successful, Consaul had said ata  July 19 Bloomberg Government panel on program management and acquisition.

Consaul said the official authorization also will help the agency to clean up its sometimes-messy acquisition process. "It's a great time to focus on program management" and acquisition at the agency, he said.

Newly installed DHS Deputy Secretary Elaine Duke, Consaul said, is focused on improving program management practices. Duke has been at DHS since early spring.

Consaul said McCaul has been working on a memorandum of understanding with other House committees charged with oversight of the sprawling agency. As many as 100 committees, subcommittees and congressional caucuses have DHS oversight responsibilities, which can consume a great deal of the agency's time and attention addressing.



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