Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
DHS, Homeland Security, Management
Scholars have proposed numerous explanations as to why the Department of Homeland Security has struggled to mature as an organization and effectively conduct its core mission. We propose an alternative viewpoint that the department lacks key legal authorities and necessitates key organizational transfer in order to rationalize its portfolio. We examine these points through review of legal authorities in select mission areas and through a resource analysis of activities conducted throughout the federal government to execute the homeland security mission. The analysis leads to specific recommendations for transfers and authorities and suggestions as to how the political environment might coalesce around engendering these changes.
Fronczak, D. (2013). Stunted Growth: Institutional Challenges to the Department of Homeland Security's Maturation (Master's thesis, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/556