DHS Consolidation Hopes Dim
January 13, 2013
The Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee has no firm plans to strip oversight responsibilities from his colleagues by consolidating the more than 100 panels with jurisdiction over the Department of Homeland Security.
Lawmaker attempts to shrink the vast number of panels that oversee DHS have been thwarted at nearly every step over the years. And Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas), the committee’s new head, said he’s taking a pragmatic approach to dealing with the overlapping jurisdictional issues of the many committees and subcommittees.
“My goal is to work with other relevant committee chairs and try to work out the jurisdictional battles and not engage in a bunch of turf wars,” McCaul told The Hill.
“I know the 9/11 Commission recommended [consolidating oversight]. I think it makes sense. But I’m also realistic and this has sort of been institutionalized for 10 years now. It’s something you have to deal with very carefully.”