Updated -- Week Ahead: Committee Schedule for April 22 - April 26, 2013

Apr 22, 2013 Issues: Counterterrorism, Cybersecurity, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Oversight of DHS Management

Washington, D.C. – The House Homeland Security Committee has announced the following events for this week. *Please note the addition of a markup on Wednesday.
 
WEDNESDAY, April 24 at 10:00 a.m.

Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security
Markup of H.R. 1417, the Border Security Results Act of 2013: To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop a comprehensive strategy to gain and maintain operational control of the international borders of the United States, and for other purposes.  
An Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute is expected to be offered by Mrs. Miller.
311 Cannon House Office Building

THURSDAY, April 25 at 10:00 a.m.

Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence
Counterterrorism Efforts to Combat a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Attack on the Homeland
311 Cannon House Office Building
Invited Witnesses Include:
Panel I
•    Mr. Richard Daddario, Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism, New York City Police Department
•    Dr. Huban Gowadia, Acting Director, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
•    Mr. Scott McAllister, Deputy Under Secretary, State and Local Program Officer, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Panel II
•    Dr. Leonard Cole, Director, Program on Terror Medicine and Security, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey

Chairman Peter King (R-NY) on the hearing: “North Korea and al-Qaeda have threatened to attack the Homeland with weapons of mass destruction.  The tragic events in Boston further highlight the danger posed by homegrown violent extremists to carry out attacks in the homeland by exploiting improvised explosive devices.  The last lines of defense against such an attack are local police. This hearing will specifically examine how first responders work with DHS’ Domestic Nuclear Detection Office on the ‘Securing the Cities’ program and how the Office of Intelligence and Analysis collects and disseminates threat information to enhance the federal, state and local governments’ capabilities to detect and respond to such attacks.”  

THURSDAY, April 25 at 2:00 p.m.

Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies Striking the Right Balance: Protecting Our Nation's Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Attack and Ensuring Privacy and Civil Liberties
311 Cannon House Office Building
Invited Witnesses Include:
•    Ms. Mary Ellen Callahan, Former Chief Privacy Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
•    Ms. Cheri F. McGuire, Vice President, Global Government Affairs & Cybersecurity Policy, Symantec
•    Ms. Harriet Pearson, Partner at Hogan Lovells' Privacy & Data Security Practice Group and former IBM Chief Privacy Officer & Security Counsel
Chairman Patrick Meehan (R-PA) on the hearing: "Protections for the privacy of American citizens are integral to a proper and effective government response to the growing threat of cyber attack. The Department of Homeland Security continues to strengthen its civil liberties protections to ensure that private data about American consumers is not utilized improperly. This hearing will give the Committee an opportunity to examine these protections in depth, learn more about potential improvements, and give a forum to cybersecurity and privacy experts to discuss how to properly balance privacy and security."

FRIDAY, April 26 at 9:00 a.m.

Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency
Cutting DHS Duplication and Wasteful Spending: Implementing Private Sector Best Practices and Watchdog Recommendations
311 Cannon House Office Building
Invited Witnesses Include:
•    Ms. Cathleen Berrick, Managing Director, Homeland Security and Justice Issues, Government Accountability Office
•    Ms. Anne Richards, Assistant Inspector General for Audits, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
•    Dr. Paul G. Stern, Board Director, Business Executives for National Security
•    Mr. Craig Killough, Vice President, Organization Markets, Project Management Institute

Chairman Jeff Duncan (R-SC) on the hearing: “Several reports from GAO and the DHS Inspector General have highlighted areas of duplication, opportunities for cost savings, and ways that DHS can improve its efficiency and successfully meet its mission to defend the U.S. homeland.  Unfortunately, DHS has not yet implemented key GAO and IG recommendations, which has led to confusion in mission and execution and poor use of American tax dollars in critical areas.  
 
“There are many ways that DHS can address the problems that GAO and the IG have identified through learning from best practices of the private sector. I look forward to examining these issues closely this week.  As the third largest federal agency with a budget of over $60 billion, DHS must be accountable to the American people for its stewardship of taxpayer dollars and successful execution of its vital mission.”

*The live video of the hearings and markup will be available here.

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