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Oversight Report: DHS Not Effectively Protecting US

01-05-2015
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U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., released his latetest oversight report, claiming Homeland Security is failing in its key missions, including protecting America's borders and Internet security.

The report came from the staff of the Homeland Security Committee under Coburn.

"Ten years of oversight of the Department of Homeland Security finds that the Department still has a lot of work to do to strengthen our nation's security," Coburn explained. 

"Congress needs to review the Department's mission and programs and refocus DHS on national priorities where DHS has a lead responsibility," he added.

Coburn also said 700 miles of the southern border is still unsecured.

The agency also has problems protecting itself from online attacks, even though it's supposed to protect the country from them.

The DHS responded by saying it's made progress in the last year to improve homeland security.

"The men and women of the Department of Homeland Security salute Dr. Tom Coburn for his outstanding service in the United States Senate," Homeland Security spokeswoman Marsha Catron said.

"(But) Dr. Coburn's report on DHS overlooks much of the concrete and recent progress we have made over the past year to improve homeland security and the manner in which DHS conducts business," she added.

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