Do we really need the DHS Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report?

I've been receiving the Department of Homeland Security's Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report for a while. And while this report usually contains some information that's either useful or interesting, I'm now wondering if creating such a report is really something that a government organization ought to be doing.

In these days of government austerity and out-of-control budgets we need to limit what governments do to only the most important functions. I'm not convinced that the DHS Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report actually falls into this category.

People are happy to pay for useful information. That's why industry analyst firms like Gartner and Forrester do well. So if the information in the DHS Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report is really of value to people, let them pay for it and let the government use the money that they were paying for the DHS report for more pressing needs. There's no shortage of those these days.

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