Week Ahead: Committee Schedule for March 11 - 15

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

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

Full Committee

DHS Cybersecurity: Roles and Responsibilities to Protect the Nation's Critical Infrastructure

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

Panel I

  • Hon. Jane Holl Lute, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Panel II

  • Mr. Anish B. Bhimani, Chairman, Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center
  • Mr. Gary W. Hayes, Chief Information Officer, Centerpoint Energy
  • Ms. Michelle Richardson, Legislative Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union

Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) on the hearing: “Advances in technology that connect utilities, industries and information in real time have changed the nature of the threats facing our homeland. Digital networks are now a conduit to our gas lines, power grids and transportation systems, therefore enemies throughout the world using the Internet have the potential to silently deliver a devastating cyber attack to our country.

“Next week’s hearing will examine current cyber threats facing the United States and explore how Congress can build upon the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to prevent cyber attacks in a way that promotes U.S. commerce, while not hindering its expansion. The public sector and privately owned companies that make up our critical infrastructure are up to the challenge–and Congress must aid them in creating lines of communication that will enhance our ability to see and stop destructive digital warfare.

“In recent months we have seen worldwide cyber attacks against the U.S. come to light, and it has never been more important for us to work together to defend against them.”

THURSDAY, March 14 at 3:00 p.m.

Subcommittee on Transportation Security

TSA’s Efforts to Advance Risk-Based Security

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witness Includes:

  • Hon. John S. Pistole, Administrator, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Subcommittee Chairman Richard Hudson (R-NC) on the hearing: “The Subcommittee's hearing with TSA Administrator Pistole will focus on efforts to advance risk-based security while cutting unnecessary spending.  In my view, if TSA implements risk-based security in a responsible way, it could be a win-win for our security and our economy.  First, it takes the focus off lower risk individuals, like the elderly and disabled children who already face enough obstacles.  Second, it gives TSA the opportunity to evolve its procedures and reduce its long-term operational costs.  Members will have the opportunity to discuss risk-based initiatives such as Pre-Check, recent changes to the Prohibited Items List, and other ongoing efforts to make TSA more effective and efficient."

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

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