Dems Propose DHS Overhaul, Reining In 'Acting' Officials

Law360 (November 20, 2020, 5:14 PM EST) -- Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee unveiled legislation Thursday that would implement wide-reaching, if modest, changes to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a major target for progressives during the Trump administration.

Among other provisions, the DHS Reform Act of 2020 would rein in the use of "acting" officials serving in senior positions, overhaul accountability procedures, revamp civil rights protections and encourage less-lethal encounters with departmental officers.

These measures come amid frequent criticism of the Trump administration from Capitol Hill and the judiciary for its reliance on nonconfirmed officials to serve in Senate-confirmable positions.

This past week a federal judge...

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