December 13, 2004 | Special Report on Department of Homeland Security
This report presents the conclusions of a task force charged with examining the organization and operations of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The task force included representatives from academia, research centers, the private sector, and congressional staff and was chaired by homeland security experts from the Center for Strategic and International Studies and The Heritage Foundation. The task force evaluated DHS's capacity to fulfill its mandate as set out in the Homeland Security Act of 2002 based on four criteria: management, roles and missions, authorities, and resources.
Based on this analysis, conducted through seminars, an extensive literature search, and interviews, the task force developed over 40 major recommendations. Together, these proposals make the case for a significant reorganization of the department to make it a more effective and efficient instrument for preventing and responding to terrorist threats.
Each section consists of findings and recommendations agreed upon by the task force. Major recommendations in the report include:
Congress and the Administration should develop a comprehensive plan to restructure the department, including establishing a nonpartisan commission to review the performance of the department and assess its capacity to fulfill the missions outlined in the Homeland Security Act in the areas of management, missions, authorities, and resources and to report back within six months.
Read DHS 2.0: Rethinking the Department of Homeland Security - by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. and David Heyman