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Report gives DHS mixed grades after one year

The Homeland Security Department has made considerable progress in several areas since it was created one year ago, but lags in overall management, immigration controls and coordination with state and local governments, according to a report released Thursday. Overall, the department received a grade of C+ on its first anniversary in a report from the Century Foundation, a nonpartisan public policy research organization. DHS earned grades of B- in the areas of aviation security and intelligence, C+ for overall management and immigration controls and C for coordination with state and local governments. “In many ways we’ve had substantial progress in the last year, but the conclusion that we have in this report, as reflected in the grades, is that the most progress has been in areas where the government was already moving forward substantially,” said Donald Kettl, who helped write the report and is a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin. “On the other hand, the biggest problems the department has had are in precisely those areas where the department…was supposed to make the most difference.” Full Story

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