House Homeland Security Committee Schedule for February 24-28, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Homeland Security Committee has announced the following hearings for next week.

WEDNESDAY, February 26 at 10 a.m.

Homeland Security Committee

The Secretary’s Vision for the Future – Challenges and Priorities

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witness Includes:

  • The Honorable Jeh Johnson, Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) on the hearing: “Secretary Johnson is two months into his tenure as head of the Federal government’s third largest Department, and thus far I have been encouraged by his willingness to work closely with the Legislative Branch. As secretary of DHS, Mr. Johnson is now the face of America’s counterterrorism operations, and the Department has much to be proud of and much to improve upon. Our nation faces constant challenges to our homeland security including the evolving terror threat from al Qaeda, cyber attacks on our critical infrastructure and a porous border that leaves the door open for terrorists and other criminal actors. DHS also continues to face interdepartmental challenges such employee morale and significant gaps in senior leadership. Next week, in his first time before the full committee, I look forward to hearing his vision for DHS’s future and his plan for confronting these critical issues.”

THURSDAY, February 27 at 10 a.m.

Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies     

The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014: Legislative Hearing

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Includes:

  • Ms. Suzanne Spaulding, Acting Under Secretary, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Stephen L. Caldwell, Director Homeland Security and Justice Issues, Government Accountability Agency
  • Mr. Clyde Miller, Director for Corporate Security, BASF North America, Vice Chair for American Chemistry Council Security Committee
  • Ms. Kate Hampford Donahue, President, Hampford Research, Inc

Subcommittee Chairman Patrick Meehan (R-PA) on the hearing: “Chemical facilities are among the most attractive targets for terrorist, and an attack on a chemical plant could result in large-scale damage and loss of life.  Congress in 2007 authorized the Department of Homeland Security to develop a set of vulnerability assessment standards and corresponding regulations for chemical plants, to protect against this risk. Yet, seven years later, the resulting Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS), has yet to be reauthorized.  Instead, the program relies on the annual appropriations process, which provides little guidance for the Department or stakeholders.  

“H.R. 4007, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014, will authorize the program for two years, while ensuring that DHS makes necessary improvements to ensure maximum efficiency and effectiveness.  Thursday’s legislative hearing will allow the committee to hear from the regulated community, the Government Accountability Office, and those DHS officials directly responsible for implementing CFATS.  This bill takes a fresh approach to addressing some of CFATS's most basic issues, and represents a new partnership among industry, the Administration, and Republicans and Democrats in Congress for the advancement of America’s chemical security." 

*LIVE video of the hearings will be available here.

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