U.S. House of Representatives passes DHS acquisition reform bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on Monday to reform the acquisition process at the Department of Homeland Security.

Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management Chairman Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) and others introduced H.R. 4228, also known as the DHS Acquisition Accountability and Efficiency Act. The legislation would increase oversight over the purchasing process at DHS.

"Today the House took an important step to restore much needed accountability to DHS," Duncan said. "For years, DHS's purchases of major homeland security systems have been late, cost more, and done less than promised. This bill will save taxpayer dollars by forcing DHS to improve its management."

The DHS acquisition management process has been on the U.S. Government Accountability Office's (GAO) "high-risk list" for programs that are susceptible to mismanagement, fraud, waste and abuse since 2005.

Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said he is pleased that the House passed legislation to reform the acquisition process.

"This bill safeguards taxpayer dollars, increases accountability for DHS's big-ticket acquisition purchases, and takes important steps to improve communication with industry," McCaul said. "There are still many more opportunities for cost savings at DHS and through continued oversight, investigations and legislation my Committee will find them and present solutions. Taxpayers deserve no less."