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March 7, 2013

Issues in Homeland Security Policy for the 113th Congress

Filed under: Congress and HLS — by Christopher Bellavita on March 7, 2013

Congressional Research Service (CRS) published its outline of homeland security issues facing the 113th congress.  You can find a copy of the 70 page CRS report on the Federation of American Scientists’ CRS homeland security reports page.

Here is a direct link to the report:  http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R42985.pdf

From the Introduction:

This report outlines an array of homeland security issues that may come before the 113th Congress. After a brief discussion of the overall homeland security budget, the report divides the specific issues into five broad categories:

• Counterterrorism and Security Management,

• Border Security and Trade,

• Immigration,

• Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery, and

• Departmental Management.

Each of those areas contains a survey of topics briefly analyzed by Congressional Research Service experts. The information included only scratches the surface on most of these issues.

More detailed information can be obtained by consulting the CRS reports referenced herein, or by contacting the relevant CRS expert.


On a related topic, here’s my favorite Doonesbury report on CRS (click for a larger image):

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1 Comment »

Comment by William R. Cumming

March 7, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

Perhaps of interest is that none of the listed sectors except departmental management have no bureacratic rivals that continue to outplay DHS and the Congressional Committees that have DHS oversight except for the management functions.

Little authorizing language appears like to become law concerning DHS in this Congress.

But DHS may well be helped by the departure of its rival in departmental policy to head the CIA with Brennan’s confirmation by the full SENATE this PM.

His [Brennan’s] arrival at CIA will prompt the largest retirement of senior staff in CIA history. IMO!

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