Governmentwide Spending to Combat Terrorism: General Accounting Office Views on the President's Annual Report : Hearing Before the Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans Affairs, and International Relations of the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixth Congress, First Session, March 11, 1999

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1999 - 24 pages
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Page 7 - I ask unanimous consent that all members of the subcommittee be permitted to place any opening statement in the record, and that the record remain open for 3 days for that purpose. Without objection, so ordered. I ask further unanimous consent that all witnesses be permitted to include their written statements in the record.
Page 3 - According to intelligence agencies, conventional explosives and firearms continue to be the weapons of choice for terrorists. Terrorists are less likely to use chemical and biological...
Page 3 - Chemical and biological agents are less likely to be used than conventional explosives at least partly because they are more difficult to weaponize and the results are unpredictable. According to the FBI, the threat of terrorists...
Page 8 - ... [The prepared statement of Hon. Rod R. Blagojevich follows:] Opening Statement Representative Rod Blagojevich, Ranking Member Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans Affairs, and International Relations October 20, l999 GOOD MORNING.
Page 6 - ... Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies required the Attorney General to develop the plan in coordination with several agencies. The plan includes goals, objectives, and performance indicators and recommends that specific actions be taken to resolve interagency problems and issues it identified and assigns relative priorities to the actions. The classified plan represents a substantial interagency effort and was developed and coordinated with 15 federal agencies with counterterrorism...
Page 5 - OMB reports on government wide spending and budgeting to combat terrorism are a significant step toward improved management and coordination of the complex and rapidly growing programs and activities. For the first time, the executive branch and Congress have strategic oversight of the magnitude and direction of federal funding for this priority national security and law enforcement concern. The 1999 report provided additional analysis...
Page 13 - ... system will break down. The Department's counterterrorism request also includes $185 million for the Office of Justice Program's domestic preparedness efforts, an increase of $33 million. I anticipate that the President will direct the transfer of primary responsibility for the Nunn-Lugar-Domenici Domestic Preparedness Program from the Department of Defense to the Department of Justice, effective on October 1, 2000. In anticipation of this transfer, we are requesting $31 million for the costs...
Page 6 - ... extent the reports reflect the best possible estimate of costs associated with programs and activities to combat terrorism. The reports, however, do not clearly or explicitly describe any established priorities or duplication of efforts as called for in the legislation. A second step toward improved interagency management and coordination was the Attorney General's December 1998, classified 5-year interagency plan on counterterrorism and technology crime. The Conference Committee Report accompanying...
Page 7 - Mr. Chairman, that concludes my statement. My colleagues and I will be happy to respond to any questions you might have.

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