July 14, 2005 | WebMemo on Department of Homeland Security
On July 13, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Michael Chertoff announced the completion of his "Second Stage Review," a comprehensive assessment of the Department's missions, organization, and resources, and described a plan to restructure the Department based on the review. Chertoff's proposals to reform DHS are spot on and address virtually every issue and recommendation in "DHS 2.0 Rethinking the Department of Homeland Security," a joint report by The Heritage Foundation and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Chertoff's proposals are important not because Heritage or CSIS agrees with them, but because they will help make the nation more secure, freer, and more prosperous. Congress should pass legislation supporting these reforms quickly.
The Secretary's recommendations will accomplish three important objectives:
Based on the Second Stage Review and its recommendations, Congress should give Secretary Chertoff full support in his effort to restructure DHS. Speed is of the essence; Congress should hold hearings immediately and pass necessary legislation as soon as possible.
James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., is Senior Research Fellow for National Security and Homeland Security in the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies, and Paul Rosenzweig is Senior Legal Research Fellow in the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, at The Heritage Foundation. Christopher L. Molitoris and Diem Nguyen assisted in preparing this Webmemo.