Congress required both the QHSR process and report to include
Congress specifically tasked DHS with the QHSR process and report requirements in Section 707 of the HSA (as amended).
DHS solicited input from various stakeholder groups in conducting the first QHSR, but DHS officials, stakeholders GAO contacted, and other reviewers of the QHSR noted concerns with time frames provided for stakeholder consultations and outreach to nonfederal stakeholders.
Recommendation: To strengthen DHS's planning, management, and execution of the next QHSR, the DHS Assistant Secretary for Policy should provide more time for consulting with stakeholders during the QHSR process to help ensure that stakeholders are provided the time needed to review QHSR documents and provide input into the review, and build this time into the department's project planning for the next QHSR.
That process began in November and its results are due the first quarter of this year, the QHSR said.
While the ultimate importance of the QHSR may be called into question, there can be no doubt that such long-term planning efforts, which seek to set forth a vision and align resources, are critical to establishing a viable and effective homeland security apparatus," he added.
QHSR stresses that responsibility for homeland security goes beyond the federal government.
In preparing QHSR, DHS officials reached out to NLC and other stakeholders on multiple occasions to share ideas and plan the report.
In early January 2009, the president-elect is expected to resolve whether to defer a decision on FEMA movement on the basis of a senior leadership decision memorandum concerning whether to wait until after the QHSR
require the QHSR
to be consistent with the current National Security
Risk, in turn, is an important element of the QHSR
which will ultimately inform how the department proposes to allocate resources in the future based on the evolving threat environment.
The report based on the QHSR
is to be unclassified.