Calendar No. 830
110th Congress                                                   Report
 2d Session                                                     110-396



                 June 23, 2008.--Ordered to be printed


            Mr. Byrd, from the Committee on Appropriations, 
                        submitted the following


                         [To accompany S. 3181]

     The Committee on Appropriations reports the bill (S. 3181) 
making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security 
for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other 
purposes, reports favorably thereon and recommends that the 
bill do pass.


                        PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVES

    The Committee notes the administration has released several 
Homeland Security Presidential Directives over the last year, 
including ones concerning the deterrence of the use of 
improvised explosive devices and efforts to enhance cyber 
security. However, in both cases these documents are 
classified, putting them out of the reach of many of the people 
responsible for their implementation. While making 
determinations about the classification of sensitive materials 
is ultimately the responsibility of the executive branch, the 
Committee strongly urges the agencies responsible to re-examine 
their policies to be certain that the public good would not be 
better served if these documents and the information contained 
in them were more accessible to appropriate State, local, and 
private sector officials.