Department of Homeland Security scrutinized for bloated size, lack of preparation for sequestration

DHS Janet Napolitano / AP

DHS Janet Napolitano / AP

The Department of Homeland Security came under fire at a congressional hearing on Tuesday for bloated payrolls, misleading statements about the sequestration, and failing to prepare adequately for the impending budget cuts.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held the latest in several hearings to review executive agencies’ implementation of the recommendations by their inspectors general. This hearing focused on the Department of Defense and the Department Homeland Security.

The sequestration cuts loomed over the hearing, even though Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) noted at the outset that the hearing was not about the mandatory cuts that went into effect on March 1. Some congressmen sought to disparage the cuts while others looked to the agencies for better ways to manage the reductions.

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