Among the many important findings in the Report Card issued by the co-chairs of the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Commission,  Congress’s failure to consolidate oversight of homeland security received a big fat “F.” The co-chairs, former senators Graham and Talent do not make this finding lightly given their years of elected service on the Hill. It is a bipartisan finding that should get attention, but it appears to keep falling on deaf ears inside the Capitol.

What an embarrassment it should be to Congressional leadership – yet six years after the 9-11 Commission report, the situation regarding the “inevitably dysfunctional oversight” (Senator Graham’s words) has not changed.

Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid – are you listening? Are you willing to do anything about it? Or are you proud that a highly respected bipartisan commission – one funded by Congress – has called your leadership an outright “failure?” Can Congress heal itself?

I, for one, continue to be distressed that this issue has not been addressed. How much longer need we wait?

David Olive focuses his blogging primarily on the “business of homeland security” — the interaction of the private sector with the Department of Homeland Security and other national security agencies. Read More