A Look Ahead: House Committee on Homeland Security

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, announced the following upcoming Committee events:

Tuesday, November 15

Subcommittee Hearing: Protecting the Homeland: How can DHS use DOD Technology to Secure the Border?

10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 15, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security

Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Mr. Paul Benda
Chief of Staff for Science and Technology
Director, Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Mark Borkowski
Assistant Commissioner
Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

The Honorable Paul N. Stockton
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs
Office of Undersecretary of Defense for Policy
U.S. Department of Defense

Chairman Miller on the hearing:

“In an era of diminishing budgets, the Department of Homeland Security must look to the Department of Defense to utilize existing technology that may be applied to our nation’s border security.  Billions of taxpayer dollars have been spent since 9/11 on defense research and development – that investment should also be used to secure the nation here at home.  Defense technology has already been used successfully in a handful of cases, such as the Predator B Unmanned Aerial System which is now used extensively on both the northern and southern borders.  In addition, as the nation draws down in Iraq and Afghanistan, surveillance equipment used successfully in theater may provide valuable tools to assist Border Patrol Agents in gaining and maintaining operational control of the border.”

Subcommittee Markup: H.R. 2764 and H.R. 3140

2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence

Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA), Chairman

H.R. 2764, (Mr. Meehan) To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish weapons of mass destruction intelligence and information sharing functions of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis of the Department of Homeland Security and to require dissemination of information analyzed by the Department to entities with responsibilities relating to homeland security, and for other purposes. The “WMD Intelligence and Information Sharing Act of 2011.”

H.R. 3140, (Ms. Speier) To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to prioritize the assignment of officers and analysts to certain State and urban area fusion centers to enhance the security of mass transit systems. The “Mass Transit Intelligence Prioritization Act.”

Thursday, November 17

Subcommittee Hearing: S&T on a Budget: Finding Smarter Approaches to Spur Innovation, Impose Discipline, Drive Job Creation and Strengthen Homeland Security

10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 17, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies

Rep. Daniel Lungren (R-CA), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

The Honorable Dr. Tara O’Toole
Under Secretary
Science and Technology Directorate
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mr. David C. Maurer
Director
Homeland Security and Justice Issues
U.S. Government Accountability Office

Chairman Lungren on the hearing:

“In our Subcommittee’s ongoing oversight efforts in these difficult fiscal times, I want to encourage smarter and more cost efficient approaches to develop innovative security technologies. Tough decisions need to be made in our S&T investments. The Science and Technology Directorate is critical in our fight against the ongoing terrorist threat and improving their processes and procedures will strengthen our homeland defenses.”

Subcommittee Hearing: Ensuring Coordination and Cooperation: A Review of the Emergency Communications Offices Within the Department of Homeland Security

2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications 

Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Mr. Eric Edwards
Director
Disaster Emergency Communications Division
Response Directorate
Federal Emergency Management Agency

Mr. Chris Essid
Director
Office of Emergency Communications
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mr. John O’Connor
Manager
National Coordinating Center for Communications
National Protection and Programs Directorate
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Damon Penn
Assistant Administrator
National Continuity Programs
Federal Emergency Management Agency

Chairman Bilirakis on the hearing:

"This hearing will provide Subcommittee Members with an opportunity to review the various offices within the Department of Homeland Security with emergency communications responsibilities and determine whether these offices effectively coordinate, whether there is any duplication of efforts or efficiencies that could be gained, and whether these offices provide consistent guidance and requirements to States and localities."

***See www.homeland.house.gov for updates.

***Coverage note:  All Committee on Homeland Security proceedings are webcast live at www.homeland.house.gov/live-video-feed.

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