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.

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