Week Ahead: Committee Schedule for February 11-15, 2013

Feb 8, 2013 Issues: Border Security, Oversight of DHS Management

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Homeland Security Committee has announced the following hearings for next week.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 at 10:00 a.m.

Full Committee

A New Perspective on Threats to the Homeland

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • Admiral Thad Allen, Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Mr. Shawn Henry, President, CrowdStrike Services
  • Mr. Michael Leiter, Senior Counselor, Palantir Technologies
  • Hon. David M. Walker, Founder and CEO, The Comeback America Initiative

Chairman McCaul on the hearing: “Our nation faces myriad homeland security challenges from cyber attacks and international and domestic terrorism to security at our airports. Next week we will examine how the Committee's agenda will address these challenges including presenting a framework for legislation to gain effective control of our borders. We must compel the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop and implement a single national strategy that maps out its use of manpower and resources.

“Unlike recent proposals, this strategy needs to include metrics to measure success based not on resources, but on proven results. DHS can no longer subjectively grade its own work and claim the border is secure. As extremism continues to find international safe havens and terrorists merge with other transnational criminal groups, they will grow stronger and capable of striking our homeland. Our inability to control who enters and who exits our country remains one of our greatest national security risks.”

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15 at 9:00 a.m.

Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency

Assessing DHS 10 Years Later: How Wisely is DHS Spending Taxpayer Dollars?

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • Hon. James Gilmore III, Former Governor of Virginia, President and CEO, Free Congress Foundation, Chairman of the Congressional Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Mr. Rick “Ozzie” Nelson, Senior Associate, Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Mr. Shawn Reese, Analyst, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Policy, Congressional Research Service

Subcommittee Chairman Duncan on the hearing: “The terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 forced us to fundamentally rethink the threats our nation faces and our approach to defending the homeland. Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has a budget of almost $60 billion, employs more than 225,000 people, operates in more than 75 countries, and is the third largest federal agency.  At a time when our nation stands at over $16 trillion in debt, we cannot afford the luxury of spending on programs that do not meet core mission priorities.  I look forward to seriously examining this issue in-depth next week.”

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

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