Week Ahead: Committee Schedule for May 6 - May 10

May 3, 2013 Issues: Counterterrorism, Passenger and Cargo Aviation Security, Oversight of DHS Management

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

WEDNESDAY, May 8 at 1:30 p.m.

Subcommittee on Transportation Security

TSA Procurement Reform: Saving Taxpayer Dollars Through Smarter Spending Practices

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • Ms. Karen Shelton Waters, Assistant Administrator, Office of Acquisition, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Paul Benda, Chief of Staff of the Science and Technology Directorate and Director of the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Stephen M. Lord, Director, Forensic Audits and Investigative Services, U.S. Government Accountability Office

Chairman Richard Hudson (R-NC) on the hearing: "At this hearing, Subcommittee Members will examine TSA's procurement challenges and identify opportunities for common-sense reform, including stronger accountability and transparency in the procurement process. TSA not only must implement more effective, risk-based security measures, but also do so in a cost-efficient manner that protects taxpayers."

THURSDAY, May 9 at 9:00 a.m.

Full Committee

The Boston Bombings: A First Look

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • Hon. Joseph I. Lieberman, Former U.S. Senator
  • Mr. Kurt N. Schwartz, Undersecretary, Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Mr. Edward F. Davis, III, Commissioner, Boston Police Department

Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) on the hearing: “Two weeks ago, our country was attacked by radical Islamist terrorists. Four lives were lost and hundreds of others were forever changed. As our nation recovers, it is imperative that we understand what happened, what signs may have been missed and what we can improve.

“The Committee is currently examining the events leading up to the attack on our homeland, the genesis of this plot and the reaction by law enforcement. Next week's hearing will provide an opportunity to hear from those who were on the front lines of the response effort and who were present through the attack and its aftermath.

“This will be the first in a series of hearings, as part of a broader investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings. The investigation will look at how law enforcement addressed the area after the attack; how federal, state and local officials communicated with their counterparts at other agencies regarding the suspects before and following the event; and the challenges associated with securing our country since 9/11. Ultimately the investigation will assess how our efforts have evolved to meet the dynamic terrorist threat of foreign-inspired attacks on our soil, and what changes may be necessary to protect the homeland.”

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

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