February 28, 2014
Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) recently wrote draft legislation called the DHS Acquisition Accountability and Efficiency Act, which would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to be more accountable financially and more transparent in the management of its acquisition program.
Duncan is Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency. In September, the Congressman said, “As of late 2012, over a third of DHS programs sustained ‘high’ to ‘significant’ cost increases, all while DHS chose to move forward with a strategy to buy systems and services that are unaffordable.”
Following the hearing, Duncan released a statement that said, “Congressional watchdogs found 21 IT programs with cost or schedule problems, poor TSA management of its ‘body scanners’ and canine teams, mismanagement of a $3 billion effort to improve DHS’ radio systems, and failure to convert DHS H-60 helicopters in a coordinated and cost-efficient manner.”