Duncan to Examine Improving DHS’s Communication Efforts

Jun 13, 2013 Issues: Oversight of DHS Management

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, chaired by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), will conduct the following hearing tomorrow.

FRIDAY, June 14 at 9:00 a.m.
Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency
Why Can’t DHS Better Communicate with the American People?
311 Cannon House Office Building
Witness List:

Panel I
·         Mr. Robert Jensen, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
·         Ms. Tamara Kessler, Acting Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Panel II
·         Mr. Bill Braniff, Executive Director, Center for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), University of Maryland
·         Mr. Douglas Pinkham, President, Public Affairs Council

Subcommittee Chairman Duncan on the hearing: “The Administration seems to have a bunker mentality in communicating with the public.  DHS has not been responsive to Americans’ concerns and has not provided accurate information on a variety of issues, such as ammunition purchases, the sequester, and immigration detainee releases.  We have invited DHS officials tomorrow to discuss the Department’s strategy for communicating on issues of importance and concern to the general public and key stakeholders. Improving communication will help DHS’s credibility and build trust with the American people, which are crucial aspects to the Department’s ability to implement policy, respond to natural disasters, and protect the homeland.”

*Opening statements, witness testimony, and live video will be available HERE.