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The department “provided the committee with the information they asked for,” said the official, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to talk to the press.

Even before the report was released on Wednesday, some lawmakers were criticizing the subcommittee’s conclusions.

“I strongly disagree with the report’s core assertion,” said Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut independent.

Mr. Lieberman, a longtime champion of the fusion center program, argued the report failed to take account of recent progress made by many of the centers and several law enforcement associations insisted the fusion centers are working.