Report highlights unfulfilled recommendations by 9/11 Commission
Arecent report says that failure to enact one of the key recommendations of the 9/11 Commission – consolidated congressional oversight of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – poses a risk to US national security. In its report the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands and the Aspen Institute’s Justice and Society Program said: “While the failure to reform DHS oversight may be invisible to the public, it is not without consequence or risk. Fragmented jurisdiction impedes DHS’ ability to deal with three major vulnerabilities: the threats posed by small aircraft and boats; cyberattacks; and biological weapons.”
Specific recommendations of the Sunnylands-Aspen Institute task force include: DHS should have an oversight structure similar to other critical departments, such as Defense and Justice. Congressional committees with jurisdiction over DHS should have overlapping membership. DHS should have an authorisation bill giving the department clear direction from Congress.