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dc.contributor.advisorDahl, Erik J.
dc.contributor.authorSen, Tapan
dc.dateDec-12
dc.date.accessioned2013-02-15T23:13:59Z
dc.date.available2013-02-15T23:13:59Z
dc.date.issued2012-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/27903
dc.description.abstractCongressional oversight of homeland security constantly receives harsh criticism from scholars and the media for being disjointed and overbearing. Critics often cite the numerous committees and members of Congress that have jurisdiction over the Department of Homeland Security. They allege that this disparate oversight leads to conflicting direction, inefficiency, and wasted resources. While there is room for improvement, congressional oversight is not as fragmented and ineffective as critics make it appear. This thesis conducts a historical case study analysis to demonstrate that congressional oversight of homeland security is rigorous, systematic, and effective. Congressional oversight of intelligence is presented as an example for failure, followed by defense oversight, which is presented as an example for success. Careful evaluation shows that homeland security oversight more closely resembles the path of defense oversight. This research suggests that the aggressive, and at times even overbearing, oversight of homeland security policy leads to better results than weak and timid oversight.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/congressionalove1094527903
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.titleCongressional oversight of homeland security: help or hinderance?en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderHalladay, Carolyn C.
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs
dc.subject.authorCongressional Oversighten_US
dc.subject.authorHomeland Securityen_US
dc.description.serviceMajor, United States Air Forceen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts In National Security Affairs (Homeland Security)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineNational Security Affairs (Homeland Security)en_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


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