A Look Ahead: House Committee on Homeland Security

Feb 10, 2012 Issues: Preparedness for and Response to Terrorist Attacks and Natural Disasters, Oversight of DHS Management

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:

Wednesday, February 15

Markup: H.R. 3563, H.R. 3140, H.R. 3857, H.R. 2356

10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 15, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Committee on Homeland Security

Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman

H.R. 3563,  (Mr. Bilirakis) To authorize the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) to ensure the timely and effective distribution of alerts and warnings.  The “Alert and Warning System Modernization Act of 2011.”

·         An Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute expected to be offered by Mr. Bilirakis.

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.”

H.R. 3857, (Mr. Turner) To amend the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to include as an eligible use the sustainment of specialized operational teams used by local law enforcement under the Transit Security Grant Program, and for other purposes.  The “Public Transit Security and Local Law Enforcement Support Act.”

H.R. 2356, (Mr. Pascrell) To enhance homeland security by improving efforts to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from an attack with a weapon of mass destruction, and for other purposes.

·         An Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute expected to be offered by Mr. King.

Hearing: An Examination of the President's FY 2013 Budget Request for the Department of Homeland Security

2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Committee on Homeland Security

Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman

Invited Witness:

Honorable Janet Napolitano
Secretary
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Chairman King on the Hearing:

“This hearing will be an opportunity for the Members of our Committee to question Secretary Napolitano about the specifics of President Obama’s proposed 2013 budget, due out on Monday morning.  I look forward to thoroughly reviewing the budget request prior to Wednesday’s hearing to ensure that the 2013 funding will be used in an efficient and effective manner.  During my time questioning the Secretary, I intend to stress the importance of the Administration continuing to allocate vital homeland security grant funds based on risk.  It is critical that we ensure that the decreasing homeland security grant dollars are focused on the areas most at risk of terror attack - areas such as the New York City-Long Island region, still the top target of al-Qaeda, its affiliates, and adherents.”

Thursday, February 16

Subcommittee Hearing: DHS Monitoring of Social Networking and Media: Enhancing Intelligence Gathering and Ensuring Privacy

10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 16, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence

Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Ms. Mary Ellen Callahan
Chief Privacy Officer
Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Richard Chávez
Director
Office of Operations Coordination and Planning
Department of Homeland Security

Chairman Meehan on the hearing:

“With nearly one billion Facebook users and hundreds of millions of Twitter postings every day, social media can provide crucial real-time information for identifying threats, trends and breaking events.  This week’s Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee hearing, “Monitoring of Social Networking and Media: Enhancing Intelligence Gathering and Ensuring Privacy,” will examine the Department of Homeland Security’s new initiative aimed at monitoring media and social networking services to help deter, detect, and prevent terror attacks, and to manage natural disasters and other domestic incidents.  Social networking and media have increasingly been a crucial source of intelligence collection for the counterterrorism and Intelligence Community, but there are also privacy and civil liberties concerns implicit in this activity which this hearing will address.”

CONTINUED: Subcommittee Hearing: Screening Partnership Program: Why is a Job-Creating, Public-Private Partnership Meeting Resistance at TSA?

1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 16, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

**(The Committee recessed on February 7, 2012 at 3:58 p.m. and will reconvene at this time.)

Subcommittee on Transportation Security

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Mr. Mark VanLoh
Director
Aviation Department
Kansas City International Airport

Mr. Stephen D. Amitay
Federal Legislative Counsel
National Association of Security Companies

Mr. John Gage
National President
American Federation of Government Employees

NOTE: TSA Administrator John Pistole testified at the first part of the hearing on February 7 and his testimony can be found HERE.

Chairman Rogers on the hearing:

Rogers’ prepared opening statement for this hearing is available HERE.

Subcommittee Hearing: Last Line of Defense: the Federal Air Marshal Service 10 Years After 9/11

2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 16, in Cannon House Office Building

**Due to the nature of the information at this hearing, the Subcommittee may move to close the hearing to receive classified testimony**

Subcommittee on Transportation Security

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Mr. Robert S. Bray
Assistant Administrator for Law Enforcement
Director, Federal Air Marshal Service
Transportation Security Administration

Mr. Michael Novak
Assistant Administrator
Training and Workforce Engagement
Transportation Security Administration

Mr. Roderick J. Allison
Deputy Assistant Administrator for Law Enforcement
Deputy Director, Federal Air Marshal Service
Transportation Security Administration

Chairman Rogers on the hearing:

"We all know that the outcome of one of the darkest days in our nation’s history could have been very different if we had Federal Air Marshals on those planes. But the reality is the terrorists have adapted to our security measures and changed their tactics. We saw this on Christmas Day in 2009 and in other attempted attacks since 9/11.

With an annual budget approaching $1 billion, to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not wasted we need to ask the question of whether today's Federal Air Marshal Service is capable of preventing current and future terrorist threats."

***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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