Week Ahead for the House Homeland Security Committee - July 8-12, 2013

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

TUESDAY, July 9 at 10:00 a.m.

Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications

Emergency MGMT 2.0: How #SocialMedia & New Tech are Transforming Preparedness, Response, & Recovery #Disasters #Part2 #Govt/NGOs

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • Mr. Shayne Adamski, Senior Manager of Digital Engagement, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Ms. Suzanne C. DeFrancis, Chief Public Affairs Officer, American Red Cross
  • Mr. Albert Ashwood, Director, Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management

Subcommittee Chairman Susan Brooks (R-IN) on the hearing: “Our society is becoming increasingly more technological and we must ensure that the emergency response community is embracing these advancements.   Last month, the Subcommittee began its examination of the impact of social media – such as Facebook and Twitter - and new technology on our emergency preparedness and response capabilities.  Tuesday's hearing will continue that discussion with federal, state, local, and NGO partners to learn how emergency management practitioners are leveraging these capabilities and working with the private sector, particularly through the lens of recent disasters.”

TUESDAY, July 9 at 2:00 p.m.

Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency

Threat to the Homeland: Iran’s Extending Influence in the Western Hemisphere

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • Mr. Alberto Nisman, General Prosecutor of the AMIA Case
  • Mr. Ilan Berman, Vice President, American Foreign Policy Council
  • Mr. Douglas Farah, President, IBI Consultants

Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Duncan (R-SC) on the hearing: “Iran’s perpetual defiance of U.S. and international sanctions, coupled with its propensity for sponsoring international terrorism worldwide, constitutes a recipe for instability and a threat to U.S. homeland security. Yet, the Administration is both conflicted and in denial over this threat. While the intelligence community and Department of Defense have sounded serious alarms about Iran’s influence in the Western Hemisphere, the State Department late last month declared that it is ‘waning.’ This assessment blatantly ignores a critical recent three-year investigation in Argentina, which uncovered the dangers from Iran’s activities in the Western Hemisphere. I am deeply troubled that the Argentine government is preventing Mr. Alberto Nisman, the prosecutor heading this investigation, from testifying on his findings next week. Nevertheless, our hearing will examine these important findings and consider the threat to U.S. homeland security from Iran’s presence so near our borders. Wearing blinders to the Iranian threat will not make it go away.”

WEDNESDAY, July 10 at 9:00 a.m.

Committee on Homeland Security

Assessing Attacks on the Homeland: From Fort Hood to Boston

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

PANEL I

  • Hon. Rudy Giuliani, Mayor, New York City
  • Mr. Michael Leiter, Senior Counselor to the Chief Executive Officer, Palantir Technologies, Former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center

PANEL II

  • Hon. John Cohen, Deputy Counterterrorism Coordinator and Senior Advisor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Hon. Matthew G. Olsen, Director, National Counterterrorism Center

**NOTE: Due to the nature of the information at this hearing, the Committee may move to close the hearing during Panel II to receive classified testimony.

Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) on the hearing: “As the Committee continues its investigation into the Boston bombings, it will convene its second hearing next week to examine breakdowns in information sharing and ways to improve our counterterrorism efforts. We know that the FBI did not reopen its case after the older bombing suspect traveled overseas. Unfortunately, there has been a lack of follow-through in other terrorist plots against the United States where information pointed to a possible threat. Therefore, the Committee will examine the Boston Marathon Bombings and previous domestic plots including the Fort Hood and Little Rock shootings, the 2009 "underwear bomber" and the Times Square bombing attempt to see how these events occurred and whether signs were missed. By looking at these plots, we will identify systemic vulnerabilities in our counterterrorism efforts and find ways to better prevent future attacks on the homeland.”

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

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