Homeland Security Secretary Jeh JohnsonÂ has said the fiscal yearÂ 2017 defense policy bill signed by President Barack ObamaÂ includes provisions to codify components of DHS’Â Unity of Effort initiative.
Johnson said in a statement posted Tuesday the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act authorizes DHS’ effortsÂ to unify the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection under theÂ Joint Task Forces.
“I am particularly pleased that Congress has now authorized this approach, not just for border and maritime security, but also for purposes of homeland security crises and other regionally-based operations,” said Johnson.
Obama signed the 2017 NDAA that authorizes $618.7 billion in base funds and includes $67 billion for overseas contingency operations.
Johnson added the billÂ alsoÂ authorizes joint duty trainingÂ and DHS’ proposal to create a new office of strategy, policy and plans that will be led by a presidentially-appointed and Senate-confirmed undersecretary.
He noted Joint Task Forces is the “centerpiece” of the Unity of Effort initiative, which works to provide a centralized approach to budget making, acquisitions, employment and realignment of headquarters functions.
Johnson said heÂ established the Joint Task Forces based on the combatant command structure in the Defense Department.