Accession Number:

ADA463149

Title:

Research and Development in the Department of Homeland Security

Descriptive Note:

Congressional rept.

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2003-06-20

Pagination or Media Count:

27.0

Abstract:

The Department of Homeland Security incorporates a number of research and development activities that were transferred from other agencies when the department was established by the Homeland Security Act of 2002 P.L. 107-296. It also includes a number of new activities. The Department of Homeland Security has requested a budget of approximately 1 billion for research and development in FY2004, of which approximately 800 million would fund the Science and Technology Directorate, with the remainder divided among RD programs in various other parts of the department, such as the Transportation Security Administration and the Coast Guard. Despite this substantial funding, the department is by no means the only federal agency that conducts homeland security-related RD. This report describes the research and development programs of the Department of Homeland Security and discusses the issues that surround them. These issues include matters specific to individual programs, such as their objectives, budgets, and management and the status of their integration into the new department, as well as general questions, such as the departments model for organizing, funding, and conducting its research and development activities and the challenges it faces for internal and external research and development coordination. Key issues include the following the content and balance of the proposed RD portfolio and the transition process for incorporating existing RD programs that were transferred from other agencies the model for conducting RD in the department the challenge of internal coordination of RD programs within the department the challenge of external coordination with other agencies the departments relationship with the Department of Energy, at whose national laboratories a significant portion of DHSs RD will be conducted and the departments relationship with the private sector, which funds and conducts a majority of U.S. RD.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Civil Defense
  • Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare
  • Nuclear Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE