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house Bill H.R. 3572

Will More Oversight of Acquisition Programs Keep DHS From Wasting Money?

Argument in favor

Increased accountability and transparency in government agencies is always a good thing. The Dept. of Homeland Security is no exception.

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02/25/2016
Government waste spending is bad, and transparency is good. I'm not sure why this is a debate.
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Mary's Opinion
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11/01/2015
Accountability to taxpayers for every dime, is a must.
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02/10/2016
DHS is a. Spaghetti boel of agencies. Improved accountability is a good idea.
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Argument opposed

DHS is already trying to make its acquisition program more efficient and transparent. Congress doesn’t need to meddle in the process.

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10/20/2015
Congress wastes huge amounts of money: i personally would like to claim my refund from the Benghazi Select committee, from the Planned Parenthood debacle and for the 60+ ACA repeal attempts. All of which were clearly understood to be politically motivated & futile and were abysmally managed for all to see! Homeland Security would be MORE efficient if congress stayed out of their way! HELL NO!
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10/21/2015
No. While any overview would be helpful, government would keep doing what government has always done-waste money.
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10/21/2015
Don't need anymore bureaucrats sucking off the public teat.
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What is House Bill H.R. 3572?

This bill would reorganize certain offices in the headquarters of the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS would be directed to tidy up the accountability, transparency, and efficiency of its major acquisition programs.

Michele Mackin, the Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management for the Government Accountability Office (GOA) explains acquisition programs this way

“DHS and its underlying components are acquiring systems to help secure the border, increase marine safety, screen travelers, enhance cyber security, improve disaster response and execute a wide variety of other operations."

If DHS fails to meet the timelines and other performance metrics for their major programs, it will have to report to Congress with explanations for the delays or cost overruns. For acquisition programs that cost more than $300 million, additional testing would be required before they are put into regular use.

This bill also requires DHS to prepare a comprehensive report every year on the status of its acquisition programs. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the DHS Inspector General would review and report acquisition policy issues.

Impact

DHS acquisition programs, the GAO, and the DHS Inspector General.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3572

$2.00 Million
The CBO estimates that implementing this legislation would cost about $2 million in 2016 and less than $500,000 per year thereafter.

More Information

In-Depth: A member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) introduced amendments to this legislation requiring that acquisition programs of more than $300 million are evaluated and tested before they go into use. He expressed shock that DHS didn’t have such procedures in place to begin with:
“It’s just amazing to me that we would actually buy this stuff without really having a clue about its efficiency.”

This bill has bipartisan support, with two Democratic cosponsors joining lead sponsor Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) in bringing forward this legislation. It was passed out of the House Homeland Security unanimously by voice vote.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user U.S. Department of Defense Current Photos)

AKA

DHS Headquarters Reform and Improvement Act of 2015

Official Title

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to reform, streamline, and make improvements to the Department of Homeland Security and support the Department's efforts to implement better policy, planning, management, and performance, and for other purposes.

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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed October 20th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security
    IntroducedSeptember 18th, 2015

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    Government waste spending is bad, and transparency is good. I'm not sure why this is a debate.
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    Congress wastes huge amounts of money: i personally would like to claim my refund from the Benghazi Select committee, from the Planned Parenthood debacle and for the 60+ ACA repeal attempts. All of which were clearly understood to be politically motivated & futile and were abysmally managed for all to see! Homeland Security would be MORE efficient if congress stayed out of their way! HELL NO!
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    Accountability to taxpayers for every dime, is a must.
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    No. While any overview would be helpful, government would keep doing what government has always done-waste money.
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    Don't need anymore bureaucrats sucking off the public teat.
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    We don't need more oversight what we need is more incentive to do the right thing.
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    I think a much more extensive bill covering all government programs would be a better option. This is a good start and I'm glad that congress has this on the table.
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    NO NO NO!!! Every single department head should be held accountable and it should not take an act of Congress to make sure it is done. I agree with Scott Perry (R-PA), “It’s just amazing to me that we would actually buy this stuff without really having a clue about its efficiency.” If they have not been doing this as normal procedure, then fire every single department head. Their replacements will ensure the proper procedures are in place their first week on the job...
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    DHS is a. Spaghetti boel of agencies. Improved accountability is a good idea.
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    Small price to pay for visibility and accountability.
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    Yes!
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    I've lost count of the number of bills having to do with DHS that I've seen. What a mess. Disband DHS. At this point no one is going to be able to control this FUBAR department.
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    Yes no oversight means no boundaries
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    How is this a question of debate?? We allow the Govt to watch and track our every move as they recklessly bleed us dry and drive this country to insolvency while barley letting us in behind closed doors..We paid for those doors, bout time we kick them down!!
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    We deserve to know where our $ goes
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    Stop waste!
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    Transparency is never a bad thing.
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    Only if they don't have power to do anything worth the results. And only if they are permanent. There also must be protections against kickbacks to "massage" the numbers for some political figures benefit.
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    Whenever the Feds get involved, they waste money. Why not allow the states more power in "overviewing"? If the States (the people) could overview the Feds, we might become "Great again".
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    It appears we have folks who are are afraid of their own shadow. More laws only make matters worse and create a bureaucratic government paperwork to slow up the actual work they need to do. Give them a chance to do their job. Between our local police, sheriffs department and federal agencies they are doing a great job.
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