Zach Rausnitz

Articles by Zach Rausnitz

DHS now reports to more congressional committees than it did when 9/11 Commission called for consolidation

In 2004, the Homeland Security Department reported to 88 different committees and subcommittees of Congress. The 9/11 Commission urged Congress to consolidate oversight to make it less fragmented—but now, a decade later, the department reports to 92 committees and subcommittees.

Growth of FEMA's administrative costs during disaster recovery and response worries GAO

For federally declared disasters that occurred between 1989 and 1995, only 9 percent of aid money went toward administrative costs. From 2004 through 2011, that number rose to 18 percent.

One CDC high-containment lab resumes transfer activities halted after anthrax mishandling debacle

One of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's so-called high-containment laboratories was allowed to resume its transfer of inactivated dangerous organisms on July 24, a day after a CDC official resigned in the wake of the agency's anthrax mishandling scandal.

As Congress mulls options to deal with migrant chldren, agencies try to cope with border crisis

The Senate Appropriations Committee chairwoman released a draft bill July 23 that would provide more than $1 billion in emergency funding to help the Homeland Security Department and other departments cope with the influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the southwestern border.

Report: Explosion of electric grid-connected devices will complicate security

The proliferation of smart-grid technology and the integration of more devices into the electric grid system will only add to the complex security matters facing the grid in the United States, says a report from the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.

Trio of Democrats urges DHS watchdog to investigate Motorola practices

Three top House Democrats are urging the Homeland Security Department inspector general to investigate questionable tactics by Motorola related to sales of public safety communications equipment to government agencies.

Cities, feds grapple with inadequate border-crossing infrastructure

Port of entry infrastructure along the U.S. borders has struggled to keep up with the needs of cross-border trade and travelers, lawmakers and federal officials testing during a House hearing.

Terrorism analyst: Lone-wolf narrative overstated

Intelligence agencies and analysts have far overestimated the threat posed by so-called "lone wolf" terrorists, a prominent Spanish terrorism analyst said July 15 during a talk at the Brookings Institution.

Texas wants $500M reimbursement from federal government for border security

Texas Gov. Rick Perry asked the federal government to reimburse his state for a decade of contributions to border security during a House hearing July 3.

DHS inspector general revises two reports tied to Edwards scandal

Two reports that the Homeland Security Department office of inspector general removed from its website following alleged misconduct by the office's now-former leader have undergone slight modifications. Charles Edwards, the former acting inspector general at DHS, resigned in December amid numerous allegations of misconduct during his nearly three years leading the OIG