CRS Issue Statement on R&D to Enhance Homeland Security
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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The Federal Government invests in research and development RD to improve the governments ability to prevent, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks. Given the diverse nature of current and future terrorist threats, homeland security RD involves nearly every scientific and technical discipline. In addition to conducting and sponsoring much of this RD, the government is leveraging its investment by encouraging the private sector to similarly invest. Congress continues to face difficult decisions regarding funding, prioritizing, coordinating, and executing the Federal Government homeland security RD agenda. The Homeland Security Act of 2002 P.L. 107-296 gave the Directorate of Science and Technology within the Department of Homeland Security DHS responsibility for most DHS RD-related activities. This Directorate has been reorganized multiple times since its inception and has received intense congressional scrutiny. How DHS prioritizes, coordinates, and executes its RD agenda remains an oversight issue for Congress.
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