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Critics Call for DHS Overhaul

If, as the saying goes, a camel is a horse designed by committee, then the only question unresolved by critics of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is whether the agency has one hump or two. But it's not too late to reengineer this domestic dromedary, according to a new paper by the Heritage Foundation and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). The joint study calls for a major revamping of DHS to prune redundant activities, improve oversight, strengthen its policymaking function, and rationalize its spending. In some ways, it is calling on the DHS to do for its agencies what the Intelligence Reform Act is doing with the intelligence community--develop mechanisms to improve communication and ensure a cohesive and long-term strategy. @ The Heritage/CSIS and IG papers are available at SM Online

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