Created from scratch in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Department of Homeland Security in 13 months grew into a huge federal bureaucracy that melded 22 pre-existing agencies into one. DHS has a massive budget -- $39 billion -- to deal with its mammoth mission -- control border patrol, airport security checkpoints, port facilities and respond to natural disasters, among other tasks. As DHS continues to evolve and redefine itself in the current climate, it faces many questions from the use of contractors all the way up to its list of priorities. Come along with CQ Roll Call, a premier source of timely news, objective reporting and analysis, and coverage of elections and the politics of legislation since 1945, and take a closer look at the issue.
About the author:
Rob Margetta joined CQ Roll Call in 2007 and has covered an evolving landscape of homeland security and intelligence issues facing Congress and the country. Prior to coming to Washington, he was a crime reporter in Massachusetts and a local reporter for the Providence Journal. He has a BA from The College of William and Mary and an MSL from Georgetown Law.