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 Committee events:

Monday, July 30

Subcommittee Field Hearing: Beyond Borders: Are the Department of Homeland Security’s International Agreements Ensuring Actionable Intelligence to Combat Threats to the U.S. Homeland?

10 a.m. on Monday, July 30 in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, 2 Niagara Square, Buffalo, NY, 14202 

Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence

Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Ms. Deborah Meyers
Director, Canadian Affairs
Office of International Affairs
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Daniel J. Neaverth, Jr.
Commissioner
Department of Emergency Services
Erie County (NY)

Mr. James Voutour
Sheriff
Niagara County (NY)

Chairman Meehan on the hearing: “America’s economy and national security depend on secure borders, free flow of goods and efficient travel for U.S. citizens. According to a 2011 Government Accountability Office report, only 32 of the 4,000 mile northern border with Canada are considered to have “an acceptable level of security.”

I look forward to traveling to Buffalo to examine how the joint U.S.-Canada “Beyond the Border” Action Plan is being implemented. In addition, the Subcommittee will hear from Federal and local officials whether information sharing between U.S. and Canadian law enforcement and intelligence agencies is effectively addressing gaps in border security, facilitating commerce and travel, and protecting our Nation from threats.”

Wednesday, August 1

Subcommittee Hearing: Breach of Trust: Addressing Misconduct Among TSA Screeners

10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 1 in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee on Transportation Security

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Mr. John Halinski
Deputy Administrator
Transportation Security Administration

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Chairman Rogers on the hearing: “Given the importance of securing aviation and other transportation systems from a terrorist attack, it is essential that TSA rebuild its trust and image with the American people. Many Federal agencies struggle with criminal cases against their employees; but TSA, unlike most government agencies, interacts with the general public in a very frequent and personal manner, and its high-profile criminal cases, among other failings, have resulted in major image problems and a growing lack of support for the agency.  I look forward to hearing from TSA’s new Deputy Administrator, John Halinski, and providing TSA the opportunity to describe its efforts to more quickly identify and remove employees whose behavior or lack of judgment can further damage TSA’s already troubled image with the traveling public.”

***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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