Week Ahead for the House Homeland Security Committee--March 24-28, 2014

Mar 21, 2014 Issues: First Responder Communications, Passenger and Cargo Aviation Security, Oversight of DHS Management

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

TUESDAY, March 25 at 10 a.m.

Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications  

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s FY2015 Budget Request: Ensuring Effective Preparedness, Response, and Communications

311 Cannon House Office Building

Witness Includes:

  • The Honorable W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Subcommittee Chairman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN) on the hearing: “In these difficult fiscal times it is important that FEMA fulfills its missions while at the same time remaining a good steward of taxpayer money. We need to ensure that our Nation can continue to prepare for, respond to and mitigate against disasters and ensure that our first responders have the training, tools and resources needed in order to continue to do their courageous work. This hearing will take an in depth look at the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget request for FEMA. I am interested in hearing more about how FEMA proposes to allocate resources to maintain and sustain their current missions and what strategic priorities the Agency will focus on in 2015.”

WEDNESDAY, March 26 at 2 p.m.

Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency  

Markup

311 Cannon House Office Building

  • H.R. 4228, the “DHS Acquisition Accountability and Efficiency Act”, introduced by Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Subcommittee Ranking Member Ron Barber (D-AZ), and Congressman Steve Daines (R-MT), to require the Department of Homeland Security to improve discipline, accountability, and transparency in acquisition program management.

*LIVE video of the above events will be available here.

FRIDAY, March 28 at 1 p.m. PT

Subcommittee on Transportation Security Field Hearing   

Lessons from the LAX Shooting: Preparing for and Responding to Emergencies at Airports

Los Angeles International Airport, One World Way, Los Angeles, California

Samuel Greenberg Board Room, Clifton A. Moore Administration Building

Witnesses Include:

  • The Honorable John S. Pistole, Administrator, Transportation Security Administration
  • Ms. Gina Marie Lindsey, Executive Director, Los Angeles World Airports
  • Mr. Patrick M. Gannon, Chief of Airport Police, Los Angeles World Airports
  • Mr. J. David Cox, National President, American Federation of Government Employees

Subcommittee Chairman Richard Hudson on the hearing (R-NC): "This hearing will give Members the opportunity to honor the victims of the tragic shooting at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) by examining ways to better protect the passengers, officers, and employees who enter our nation's airports every day. I look forward to analyzing the findings of the reports from both LAX airport officials and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). These reports, together with the hearing and input from other critical stakeholders, will give us a better understanding of what more can be done to ensure the safety and security of the traveling public."

Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) on the hearing: “Last November, a shooter entered LAX and senselessly took the life of TSA Officer Gerardo Hernandez and injured three other individuals. The immediate actions of TSA and law enforcement to pursue the shooter undoubtedly saved lives, however it has been discovered since the incident that some procedures could be improved in order to ensure TSA can communicate with local and airport police more efficiently. It is important that we review how airport security can better coordinate and respond to an emergency, and I look forwarding to hearing from TSA Administrator Pistole and the LA World Airport police regarding their investigations into this tragic event.”

*LIVE video of the field hearing will be available on LAWA’s website.

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