I believe that the DHS should maintain a List of Associations from a cross-section of industry.
The industry associations on the List will have voluntarily chosen to be listed and the List made available to Congressional members at all times.
The Listing is a method of contingency planning regarding a sudden and deep global financial downturn.
Members of Congress will be able to enhance their view of the economic landscape by not having to wait for government generated reports and analysis.
Members of Congress will be able to obtain information rapidly and directly from professionals in industry.
I know that a number of industry associations are interested in this idea because I publish an e-update on this very topic that is received from industry including Manufacturing, Agriculture, Distribution and Health Care.