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Congress to Deliberate Future Plans for DHS

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano

Both the House and Senate are scheduled to hold a variety of hearings to deliberate future plans regarding the Department of Homeland Security, The Washington Post reports.

The department was established as a stand-alone entity in November 2002 with the passage of the Homeland Security Act by Congress.

Today, it has grown to more than 240,000 employees and was allotted $43.2 billion under President Obama‘s 2012 budget proposal, according to the DHS website.

The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee will hold two hearings on Wednesday and Thursday titled “The Future of Homeland Security: Evolving and Emerging Threats,” and “The Future of Homeland Security: The Evolution of DHS Roles and Missions.”

In conjunction, Homeland Security subcommittees in the House will also hold three hearings regarding the Transportation Security Agency, according to the Post.

The meetings will be aimed at improving DHS’s overall functions and sustainability.

“As a relatively new agency… there is plenty of room for improvement,” committee Chairman Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) told the Post. “We hope this series of hearings will help define future missions and goals for DHS.”

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