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Lawmakers Introduce DHS Transparency Bills; Michael McCaul Comments

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CongressMembers of the House committee on homeland security have introduced new measures they believe can help detect fraud and increase transparency at the Department of Homeland Security.

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the panel, said Friday each of the bills aims to help DHS meet its national security missions.

Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga.) unveiled the DHS FOIA Efficiency Act of 2015 that requires DHS’s chief FOIA officer to reform how the department implements the Freedom of Information Act and minimize backlog.

The DHS IT Duplication Reduction Act of 2015, proposed by Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), aims to remove redundant information technology components at the department.

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) wants to improve how DHS tracks employees placed on administrative leave with the DHS Paid Administrative Leave Accountability Act of 2015.

Reps. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) and Mark Walker (R-N.C.) also introduced their respective resolutions meant to increase accountability for DHS’s border security deployment functions and require annual reports on research and development projects, as well as for St. Elizabeth’s consolidation work.

Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.) also put forward a measure that calls for the Transportation Security Administration to comply with federal laws and regulations on criminal investigator positions.

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