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House Panel OKs DHS Reauthorization Bill Via Legislative Markup

The House Homeland Security Committee cleared through a legislative markup Wednesday a bill that would reauthorize the Department of Homeland Security that was established in 2002, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

The DHS Authorization Act seeks to increase the department’s efficiency through consolidation and elimination of “unnecessary programs and offices,” said Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas), chair of the House Homeland Security Committee.

The legislation would task the department’s chief information officer to develop an inventory of DHS’ software licenses every couple of years and an information technology strategic plan every five years as well as remove the shared service director position.

The measure also describes the responsibilities of DHS’ chief security officer, proposes changes to the rotation program, seeks to authorize a steering panel for employee engagement and calls for the department to evaluate its facilities and logistic functions for each component and site.

The House speaker inked a memorandum of understanding with the chairmen of eight panels in the lower chamber to facilitate the reauthorization of DHS on a regular basis, the report added.

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