The Role of the Office of Homeland Security in the Federal Budget Process: Recommendations for Effective Long-Term Engagement

The Role of the Office of Homeland Security in the Federal Budget Process: Recommendations for Effective Long-Term Engagement

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How can the newly created Office of Homeland Security (OHS) engage effectively in the federal budget process? This report finds that OHS is uniquely poised to bring strategy and funding decisions together across departments and agencies via its presidential imprimatur. It also yields a road map with specific recommendations for OHS's budgetary role, highlighting the importance of establishing policy priorities and objectives early and formulating strategy and developing funding requests through a tightly coordinated interagency process.