Committee Info


Homeland Security

The Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (HSGAC) is the primary Senate oversight committee with broad jurisdiction over government operations generally and the Department of Homeland Security in particular. Its primary responsibilities are to study the efficiency, economy, and effectiveness of all agencies and departments of the federal government; evaluate the effects of laws enacted to reorganize the legislative and executive branches of government; and study the intergovernmental relationships between the U.S. and states and municipalities, and between the U.S. and international organizations of which the U.S. is a member.

The year after passage of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the Committee's name changed from the Governmental Affairs Committee to the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee as its jurisdiction expanded to include homeland security issues. In addition to governmental affairs, the Committee now oversees and receives legislation, messages, petitions, and memorials on all matters relating to the Department of Homeland Security, except for appropriations, the Coast Guard, the Transportation Security Administration, immigration, customs revenue, commercial operations, and trade.

Among the responsibilities are the Archives of the United States, budgeting and accounting measures generally, government contracting, the Census and collection of statistics, Congressional organization, the federal Civil Service, government information, intergovernmental relations, the municipal affairs of the District of Columbia, the organization and management of U.S. nuclear export policy, the organization and reorganization of the executive branch, the Postal Service, and the status of officers and employees of the U.S., including their classification, compensation, and benefits. The Committee also receives and examines reports of the Comptroller General of the United States and submits recommendations to the Senate as it sees fit related to the subject matter of the reports.

My name is Clare Kearns and I'm a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences looking to double major in Classics and comparative literature. I grew up in Brooklyn Heights where I attended Saint Ann's School, participating in the rhetoric class my school offered and traveling to many Penn Model Congresses with it (however, my favorite model congress memory was definitely at Princeton, when my deliberately contentious bill was passed in full session by a margin of two votes after we had to physically divide the house!) Here at Penn, I play on the varsity squash team and occasionally write for the Daily Pennsylvanian. Please feel free to contact me for questions about the conference or about life at Penn in general at I so look forward to chairing what I'm sure will be a model congress to remember.



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