Rep. Mike McCaul to Discuss DHS Congress Oversight With Panel Leaders

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Rep. Mike McCaul
Rep. Mike McCaul

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) is not planning to consolidate the chamber’s number of panels overseeing the Department of Homeland Security, The Hill newspaper reports.

McCaul told reporter Jordy Yager he plans to discuss jurisdictional issues with other committee chairman in an attempt to avoid overlap.

Yager writes 119 panels are responsible for DHS components and many of the panels overlap.

The 9/11 Commission recommended Congress create a single point of oversight and review of homeland security matters, according to The Hill.

Secretary Janet Napolitano told outgoing chairman Peter King (R-N.Y.) in 2010 it took agency staff at least 33,000 hours in the previous year to prepare, delivery and follow-up on testimony to Congress, the report said.

Napolitano also estimated the time spent responding to requests from lawmakers cost around $9.9 million in salary hours, The Hill reports.

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