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DHS reauthorization remains a heavy lift in Senate

February 9, 2018

Via: FCW

A Senate hearing on reauthorizing the Department of Homeland Security made some headway in resolving lingering questions around cybersecurity and oversight requests, but it ended on an uncertain note as long-running jurisdictional disputes threatened to once again derail the process.

While the Senate Homeland Security Committee is primarily responsible for authorizing DHS, big chunks of oversight and authority for the department are dispersed across multiple committees. This fractured jurisdiction has long been a roadblock to reauthorization, and several committee members, including Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Ranking Member Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), expressed frustration that the issue had yet to be resolved.

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