Senate Committee Passes Perry Legislation to Reduce Waste at DHS
Washington, D.C. -- The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs passed U.S. Representative Scott Perry’s (PA-4) bipartisan legislation to reduce wasteful spending at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today by voice vote. The Department of Homeland Security Stop Asset and Vehicle Excess Act, or the “DHS SAVE Act” (H.R. 366), requires the Under Secretary of Management for DHS to improve management of its vehicle fleet. H.R. 366 now goes to the full U.S. Senate for consideration.
“I'm very encouraged by Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s passage of my legislation to drain the waste and inefficiency from DHS. We are one important step closer to ensuring taxpayer dollars are protected. I thank Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO.) for their leadership in moving my bill forward and call on Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring it to the Senate floor quickly,” Rep. Perry said.
In October 2015, the DHS Inspector General (IG) released a scathing report of the Federal Protective Service (FPS) management of its vehicle fleet, a report that reads like a laundry list of poor management decisions. The IG found that FPS had more vehicles than officers, and officers were authorized to drive to and from work with government-owned vehicles. Additionally, the report stated that FPS was “not in compliance with Federal and departmental requirements.” According to the IG, FPS wasted more than $2.5 million in FY14 on its vehicle fleet due to numerous management failures.
In December 2015, Representative Perry, in his capacity as Chairman of the Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee, convened a hearing to further examine findings of the IG report.