Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials have been hiding information, or changing its content, before submitting information to probers on information sharing among enforcement agencies, according to an article in the Washington Times (8-24-07). Sara Carter of the Times writes that "DHS administators--fearing additional scrutiny--concealed from Federal investigators information sharing breakdowns that left the US vulnerable to terrorists.."
Then US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) General Counsel Dea Carpenter wrote in a memo to employees, "We better be ready to provide evidence and name names because this type of statment is the height of the post 9-11 criticisms." Rather than bring out into the open ongoing failures to share data between DHS agencies and the FBI, among others, references were simply dropped from the information submittals. The DHS Inspector General reports, eventually released catalogued major information sharing problems among the DHS Agencies, such as the Border Patrol, Immigration & Customs Enforment (ICE), and also revealed the problems with the FBI. ICE agents have been avoiding pursuing terrorist cases because of disputes with the FBI, according to the article. Many of the disputes involved participation in the Joint Terrorism Task Force, chaired by the FBI, which is designed to investigate in depth terrorist actions in the US.
It is this type of petty squabbling that the creation of DHS was supposed to smooth out. Now it seems that they are a part of the problem rather than part of an eventual solution.