Dear Secretary Johnson,
Since you assumed your duties as Secretary of Homeland Security, we have been encouraged by your efforts to streamline the Department and to improve operations through your “Unity of Effort” initiative. In light of current threats to the Homeland, these management actions take on additional importance. DHS must function more efficiently if it is to secure our Nation against attack and disasters more effectively.
However, we remain concerned about the Department’s lack of responsiveness to Congress regarding organization and policy on weapons of mass destruction (WMD) defense. As required by the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (P.L. 113-6), DHS was directed in law to conduct a review of its WMD defense functions to be submitted to Congress no later than September 1, 2013. More than a year later, we have not yet seen this report, nor have we been formally briefed on its findings.