Week Ahead for the House Homeland Security Committee -- November 11-15

Nov 8, 2013 Issues: Counterterrorism, Cybersecurity, Passenger and Cargo Aviation Security, Oversight of DHS Management

The House Homeland Security Committee has announced the following hearings for next week.

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

Homeland Security Committee

Cyber Side-Effects: How Secure is the Personal Information Entered into the Flawed Healthcare.gov?

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

Panel I

  • Ms. Roberta Stempfley, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Ms. Soraya Correa, Associate Director, Enterprise Services Directorate, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Panel II

  • Mr. Luke Chung, President, FMS, Inc.

Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) on the hearing: “Healthcare.gov’s flaws aren’t merely about trying to access the site, there are larger issues yet to be resolved. Americans are entering their most sensitive personal data into the website and now the same people who told us the system would work are telling us it is secure. As Americans start to submit their personal information, we must examine how safe that information is once it’s placed on Healthcare.gov, the federal healthcare exchanges and the Datahub.

“While DHS is charged with securing these, and all .gov entities, the lack of the Department’s involvement further highlights the poor planning, design and implementation of Obamacare. This hearing will look at what DHS has done to secure Healthcare.gov, as well as DHS’s other role in Obamacare - verifying the immigration status of applicants. Before Americans are forced to enter their personal information into a flawed website, they should be reassured that it won’t be compromised.”

WEDNESDAY, November 13 at 2 p.m.

Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence

The Insider Threat to Homeland Security: Examining Our Nation’s Security Clearance Processes

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • Ms. Brenda S. Farrell, Director, Defense Capabilities and Management, Military and DOD Civilian Personnel Issues, U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Mr. Gregory Marshall, Chief Security Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Brian Prioletti, Assistant Director, Special Security Directorate, National Counterintelligence Executive, Office of Director of National Intelligence
  • Mr. Merton W. Miller, Associate Director of Investigations, Federal Investigative Services, U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Subcommittee Chairman Peter T. King (R-NY) on the hearing: "Appalling events over recent years involving trusted individuals who have damaged national security or committed tragic acts of violence has put a spotlight on the need for reforms and rigorous oversight over the security clearance process. It is vital that more is done to identify potential insider threats. The Department of Homeland Security has approximately 70,000 employees with a security clearance and this hearing will review the quality of the investigative and adjudicative process, as well as other insider threat detection programs."

THURSDAY, November 14 at 9:30 a.m.

Subcommittee on Transportation Security

TSA's SPOT Program and Initial Lessons From the LAX Shooting

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • Mr. John S. Pistole, Administrator, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Daniel Gerstein, Acting Under Secretary, Science & Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Stephen M. Lord, Managing Director, Forensic Audits and Investigative Service, U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Mr. Charles K. Edwards, Deputy Inspector General, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Subcommittee Chairman Richard Hudson (R-NC) on the hearing: “In the wake of last week’s tragic shooting at LAX, we have a responsibility to re-examine existing TSA security policies and programs, in order to identify practical, risk-based steps that can be taken to strengthen coordination between local law enforcement and TSA, and to prioritize security measures more effectively. The Subcommittee’s hearing on TSA’s Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques (SPOT) Program is a timely opportunity to review whether this program and others are an effective and efficient use of resources. I look forward to discussing the SPOT program with Administrator Pistole and the other witnesses, initial lessons from the LAX shooting, and TSA’s plans for a comprehensive review of aviation security procedures.”

FRIDAY, November 15 at 9:30 a.m.

Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency

DHS Financial Management: Investigating DHS’s Stewardship of Taxpayer Dollars

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • Mr. Chip Fulghum, Acting Chief Financial Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Asif Khan, Director, Financial Management and Assurance, U.S. Government Accountability Office

Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Duncan (R-SC) on the hearing: “Since its inception 10 years ago, the Department of Homeland Security has faced a multitude of challenges in combining 22 separate legacy agencies into one cabinet-level department. This is especially true with financial management practices at DHS. The Department’s inability to have an accurate and timely handle on its financial information remains a major management challenge. If the American people can open up their checking account online and know to the penny how much they have, then surely the third largest federal department should also have real-time financial data. DHS has a fundamental duty to be an effective steward of taxpayer dollars. Using sound financial practices is critical to ensuring taxpayer dollars aren’t wasted and the homeland is secured in an efficient and effective way.”

*LIVE video of the hearings will be available here.

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