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DHS Aspires To Be More like Defense

The Department of Homeland Security has made several proposals in its 2009 budget request that are based on programs and initiatives used by the Defense Department. What can the DHS learn from the DoD?

In an article in the April issue of National Defense, Stew Magnuson says among the proposals is a $1.65 million request to develop the first “Quadrennial Homeland Security Review,” which is similar to a Defense Department program.

The DHS also requested $3.1 million for the chief procurement officer to enhance the acquisition intern program, which recruits, trains and certifies the workforce that oversees the development and purchasing of technology.

“I am constantly reminded by Congress of the fact that there’s concern about our over-reliance on contractors to manage contracts,” DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff told Magnuson. To remedy this, the department needs to build a corps of acquisition experts, he said.

“We need to have money to hire those people. Continually trying to punish us by cutting our management budget in order to induce us to hire more people is literally working at cross purposes,” Chertoff added.

To read the full article, click here: http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/issues/2008/April/SecurityBeat.htm