House Homeland Security Committee Schedule for June 9-13, 2014

The House Homeland Security Committee has announced the following events for next week.

TUESDAY, June 10 at 10:00 a.m.

Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications  

BioWatch: Lessons Learned and the Path Forward

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • Dr. Kathryn Brinsfield, Acting Assistant Secretary and Chief Medical Officer, Office of Health Affairs, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Dr. Reginald Brothers, Undersecretary, Science and Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Chris Cummiskey, Acting Undersecretary for Management, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Chris Currie, Acting Director, Homeland Security and Justice Issues, Government Accountability Office
  • Dr. Deena Disraelly, Research Staff Member, Strategy, Forces and Resources Division, Institute for Defense Analysis

Subcommittee Chairman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN) on the hearing: “The threat of bioterrorism remains a grave concern.  The ability of our nation to detect a bioterrorism attack and protect our citizens from some of its most severe consequences is of the highest importance. Building and maintaining robust biosurveillance and biodetection capabilities is vital to our security.  However, after the cancellation of the BioWatch Gen-3 procurement, the BioWatch Program is at a crossroads.  This hearing will examine the future of the BioWatch Program in light of that cancellation and consider the best path forward to ensure the United States is prepared to address a bioterrorism threat.”

WEDNESDAY, June 11 at 10:00 a.m.

Homeland Security Committee  

Markup

311 Cannon House Office Building

  • H.R. 3846, the “United States Customs and Border Protection Authorization Act,” introduced by Subcommittee Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI), to provide for the authorization of border, maritime, and transportation security responsibilities and functions in the Department of Homeland Security and the establishment of United States Customs and Border Protection.
  • H.R. 3488, introduced by Subcommittee Chairman Patrick Meehan (R-PA), to establish the conditions under which the Secretary of Homeland Security may establish preclearance facilities, conduct preclearance operations, and provide customs services outside the United States, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 3202, the “Essential Transportation Worker Identification Credential Assessment Act,” introduced by Subcommittee Ranking Member Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to prepare a comprehensive security assessment of the transportation security card program.
  • H.R. 4263, the “Social Media Working Group Act of 2014,” introduced by Subcommittee Chairman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN), to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the Department of Homeland Security to establish a social media working group, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 4289, the “Department of Homeland Security Interoperable Communications Act,” introduced by Ranking Member Donald Payne (D-NJ), to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Under Secretary for Management of the Department of Homeland Security to take administrative action to achieve and maintain interoperable communications capabilities among the components of the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes. 
  • H.R. 4802, the “Airport Security Enhancement Act of 2014,” introduced by Subcommittee Chairman Richard Hudson (R-NC), to improve intergovernmental planning for and communication during security incidents at domestic airports, and for other purposes. 
  • H.R. 4803, the “TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act of 2014,” introduced by Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC), to require the Transportation Security Administration to conform to existing Federal law and regulations regarding criminal investigator positions, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. ___, the “Honor Flight Act,” a bill expected to be introduced by Subcommittee Ranking Member Cedric Richmond (D-LA) prior to consideration, to amend title 49, United States Code, to require the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration to establish a process for providing expedited and dignified passenger screening services for veterans traveling to visit war memorials built and dedicated to honor their service, and for other purposes.

*LIVE video of the events will be available here.

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