Within the study, the GAO would review:
DHS’ efforts to identify key areas of study that would aid the cause of homeland security, and criteria used to determine areas for which DHS should maintain, establish, or eliminate university-based centers.
The methods used by university-based centers, federally funded research and development centers, and Department of Energy national laboratories receive tasks from DHS. This would include how university-based research is identified, prioritized, and funded.
Selection criteria for designating university-based centers and how those criteria are weighted.
Examine the best practices of other agencies’ efforts to organize and use university-based research to support their missions.
The metrics used by DHS to measure progress by the university-based centers in fulfilling DHS tasks, and mechanisms used to deliver and disseminate research results.
Examine the ways that academic institutions that aren’t designated as university-based centers can optimally contribute to DHS’ research mission.
The interrelationship between the different university-based centers and the degree to which outreach and collaboration among a diverse array of academic institutions is encouraged by DHS -- particularly with historically Black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions.
This study must begin within 120 days of this legislation’s enactment, and provide an annual report to Congress within one year.