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9/11 Commission's Report Card Supports Allocation of D Block to Public Safety

September 11, 2011

The 9/11 Commission Report, issued in July 2004, made 41 recommendations for keeping our country safe. These recommendations were endorsed by almost every member of Congress.

9-11 Commission Recommendations

We have reflected often on why the 9/11 Commission was successful. Importantly, the statutory mandate for the Commission was limited, precise, and clear – the Commission was authorized to investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding the attacks and to make recommendations to keep the country safe; the Commission had an extraordinary non-partisan staff, the members of which possessed deep expertise and conducted their work with thoroughness and professionalism; the Commissioners had deep experience in government and political credibility with different constituencies; the final report was unanimous and bipartisan; families of the victims of 9/11 provided solid and sophisticated support throughout the life of the Commission and in the years since; and following the Commission, the Commissioners and staff continue to work closely with Congress and the executive branch to implement and monitor reform.

Now, on the solemn occasion of the 10th anniversary of the attacks, is an appropriate time to reflect and evaluate where we are in national security reform – and what we have yet to achieve.

The Report Card identifies that after ten years, nine (9) of the 41 recommendations made in the 9/11 Commission Report still have not been fully implemented. Unmet recommendations include Unity of Command and Effort (ICS) and Radio Spectrum and Interoperability. As can be seen in the Report Card, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Security Preparedness Group Report Card supports the allocation of D Block to Public Safety.

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