A Look Ahead: House Committee on Homeland Security

Jul 20, 2012 Issues: Weapons of Mass Destruction, 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 Committee events:

Tuesday, July 24

Subcommittee Hearing: Securing Federal Facilities: An Examination of FPS Progress in Improving Oversight and Assessing Risk

10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 24 in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies

Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Mr. L. Eric Patterson
Director
Federal Protective Service
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
 
Mr. Mark L. Goldstein
Director
Physical Infrastructure Issues
Government Accountability Office

Chairman Lungren on the hearing: “The Federal Protective Service (FPS) is a vital component of the Department of Homeland Security. FPS is responsible for protecting over 9000 government buildings and almost 1.4 million employees who contribute to the day-to-day operations of the Federal government. Because Federal facilities remain a symbolic and attractive target for terrorists, FPS must be able to respond to this threat. Our Subcommittee hearing will examine FPS’s progress in addressing deficiencies identified by the Government Accountability Office to effectively carry out two core areas of its mission, 1.) to conduct risk assessments of Federal buildings; and 2.) provide necessary oversight and training for its Contract Guards Program.”

Wednesday, July 25

Full Committee Hearing: Understanding the Homeland Threat Landscape

10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 25 in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Committee on Homeland Security

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

Invited Witnesses Include:

The Honorable Janet Napolitano
Secretary
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
 
Mr. Matthew Olsen
Director
National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)

Chairman King on the hearing: “U.S. counterterrorism and intelligence communities have made significant progress over the past 15 months since the killing of Osama bin Laden.  However, even with the killing of the likes of bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki, and Samir Kahn, the terrorist threat against the Homeland continues – with terrorists adapting and new threats emerging.   Since 9/11, al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists have launched four attacks on the U.S. Homeland – at Fort Hood, Little Rock, Times Square, and over Detroit.   Dozens of other plots have been disrupted as well, including the recent plot to attack the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol with explosives-laden drones and another plot against the Capitol with a suicide vest bomb. 

“This hearing will be an opportunity for the Members of this Committee to assess and understand the current threats facing the Homeland as well as those that are now emerging.” 

Thursday, July 26

Subcommittee Hearing: Preventing Nuclear Terrorism: Does DHS have an Effective and Efficient Nuclear Detection Strategy

10 a.m. on Thursday, July 26 in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies

Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Dr. Huban Gowadia
Acting Director
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Vayl Oxford
National Security Executive Policy Advisor
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Chairman Lungren on the hearing: “Nuclear and radiological terrorism is my greatest fear. We must continue our vigilance and oversight efforts in order to address this continuing threat. Our Subcommittee hearing will examine the current nuclear detection strategy of the Department of Homeland Security and whether that strategy is both efficient and effective in countering this threat.”

***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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