UPDATED: A Look Ahead: House Committee on Homeland Security

Mar 5, 2012

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, March 6

Subcommittee Hearing: From the 9/11 Hijackers to Amine el-Khalifi: Terrorists and the Visa Overstay Problem

10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 6, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security

Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Mr. John Cohen
Deputy Counter-Terrorism Coordinator
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Peter T. Edge
Deputy Associate Director
Homeland Security Investigations
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Chairman Miller on the hearing:

“Since 9/11, our border security efforts have been focused on securing our borders; however, more than 40 percent of all illegal aliens do not sneak across the border, they come in through the front door and never leave.  The recent case of Amine el-Khalifi, an individual who allegedly attempted to conduct a suicide attack at the U.S. Capitol, is not the first time terrorists have exploited the visa process.  In fact, el-Khalifi follows a long line of terrorists, including several of the 9/11 hijackers, who overstayed their visa and went on to conduct terror attacks.  Clearly more must be done to ensure the security of the visa system, including enhancements to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s ability to identify and promptly remove those who overstay their visa.  What is especially troubling is that el-Khalifi lived illegally in the U.S. for more than 13 years before being identified by law-enforcement.  This hearing will examine the progress made since 2003 in identifying overstays, especially those that pose national security and public safety threats, and how the Department of Homeland Security plans to implement a robust visa exit system that will prevent terrorists from successfully exploiting the visa process.”

Subcommittee Hearing: The Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards Program: Addressing Its Challenges and Finding a Way Forward

2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies

Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Panel I

The Honorable Rand Beers
Under Secretary
National Protection and Programs Directorate
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Ms. Penny J. Anderson
Director
Infrastructure Security Compliance Division
Office of Infrastructure Protection
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mr. David Wulf
Deputy Director
Infrastructure Security Compliance Division
Office of Infrastructure Protection
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Panel II

Mr. Bill Allmond
Vice President
Government and Public Relations
Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates

Mr. Timothy J. Scott
Chief Security Officer and Corporate Director
Emergency Services and Security
Dow Chemical

Chairman Lungren on the hearing:

“Our Subcommittee will be examining the leaked Anderson memo which outlined numerous problems in the fourth and final compliance phase of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program, including leadership turnover, inadequate training and poor hiring decisions.  As Chairman of the Subcommittee with jurisdiction over the CFATS program, I’m upset that we had no indication of these management deficiencies. However, mismanagement is correctable and in no way indicates failure of the underlying program or its security achievements. I am committed to providing the vigorous program oversight necessary to reverse these management failures and make this program a model public-private security partnership.”

 

Wednesday, March 7

**NEW**

Subcommittee Markup: H.R. 2179

10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 7, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee on Transportation Security

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), Chairman

H.R. 2179, (Mr. Miller of Florida) to amend title 49, United States Code, to direct the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) to transfer unclaimed money recovered at airport security checkpoints to United Service Organizations, Incorporated, (USO) and for other purposes.

Thursday, March 8

Subcommittee Hearing: Eliminating Waste, Fraud, Abuse, and Duplication in the Department of Homeland Security

9:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 8, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Ms. Cathleen Berrick
Managing Director
Homeland Security and Justice Issues
Government Accountability Office

Mr. Charles K. Edwards
Acting Inspector General
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

The Honorable James Gilmore III
Former Governor of Virginia and Chairman of the Congressional Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction

 

Chairman McCaul on the hearing:

“Last month, Secretary Janet Napolitano testified the President’s fiscal year 2013 budget request reflects DHS’s commitment to use resources efficiently and effectively. However, GAO and the DHS Inspector General continue to find numerous cases of waste, fraud, abuse, and duplication within the Department.  GAO issued a comprehensive report this week listing duplication and cost savings.  For example, some Government agencies are paying DHS’s Federal Protective Service for facility risk assessments that are not being performed, and at the same time conducting their own internal risk assessments.  Likewise, DHS is implementing its Arizona Border Surveillance Technology Plan, however GAO found DHS cannot justify the rationale for specific types of technologies, how much they need, and where to put it. Most American families must make tough choices in this challenging economic environment.  Many have already eliminated waste from their budgets, and now are looking for cost savings.  We expect no less of the Department. The hearing will focus on opportunities to eliminate waste, fraud, abuse, and duplication. Our goal is to help make DHS a stronger organization that is ready to combat the threats we face and maximize increasingly scarce resources.”

***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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