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Congress Resists Key Recommendation of 9/11 Panel

Without Consolidation, Homeland Security Department Officials Report to 88 Panels on Capitol Hill. Congress has balked at consolidating committee jurisdictions when it comes to overseeing the $39 billion Department of Homeland Security and its constituent agencies, a key recommendation of the Sept. 11 commission. The commission found that homeland security officials reported to 88 congressional committees and subcommittees last year. The commission report cited an expert witness who called that “perhaps the single largest obstacle impeding the department’s successful development.” Instead, the commissioners recommended the House and Senate each have a single committee to review each year’s budget and provide oversight for homeland security activities. Full Story

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