Week Ahead for the House Homeland Security Committee -- October 28-November 1

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

Tuesday, October 29 at 10 a.m.

Homeland Security Committee

Full Committee Markup

311 Cannon House Office Building

  • H.R. 2719, the “Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act,” requires the Transportation Security Administration to implement best practices and improve transparency with regard to technology acquisition programs. An Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute is expected to be offered.
  • H.R. 1095 amends title 49, United States Code, to direct the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) to transfer unclaimed money recovered at airport security checkpoints to nonprofit organizations that provide places of rest and recuperation at airports for members of the Armed Forces and their families. An Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute is expected to be offered.
  • H.R. 1204, the “Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act of 2013,” amends title 49, United States Code, to direct the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) to establish an Aviation Security Advisory Committee. An Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute is expected to be offered.
  • H.R. 1791, the “Medical Preparedness Allowable Use Act,” amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to codify authority under existing grant guidance authorizing use of Urban Area Security Initiative and State Homeland Security Grant Program funding for enhancing medical preparedness, medical surge capacity, and mass prophylaxis capabilities. 
  • H.R. 2952, the “Critical Infrastructure Research and Development Advancement Act of 2013,” amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to make certain improvements in the laws relating to the advancement of security technologies for critical infrastructure protection. An Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute is expected to be offered.
  • H.R. 3107, the “Homeland Security Cybersecurity Boots-on-the-Ground Act,” requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish cybersecurity occupation classifications, assess the cybersecurity workforce, develop a strategy to address identified gaps in the cybersecurity workforce. An Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute is expected to be offered.

WEDNESDAY, October 30 at 9:00 a.m.

Subcommittees on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications and

Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies

Cyber Incident Response: Bridging the Gap Between Cybersecurity and Emergency Management

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • Ms. Roberta Stempfley, Assistant Secretary (Acting), Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, National Protection and Programs Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Charley English, Director, Georgia Emergency Management Agency and President, National Emergency Management Association (testifying on behalf of NEMA)
  • Dr. Craig Orgeron, Chief Information Officer and Executive Director, Department of Information Technology Services, State of Mississippi and Vice President, NASCIO (testifying on behalf of NASCIO)
  • Mr. Mike Sena, Director, Northern California Regional Intelligence Center and President, National Fusion Center Association (testifying on behalf of the National Fusion Center Association)

Subcommittee Chairman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN) on the hearing: "A cyber attack on our critical infrastructure could have damaging cascading physical effects. We must ensure that state and local emergency management officials are prepared to respond to such an attack. Unfortunately, the 2013 National Preparedness Report again highlights states' concerns about their cybersecurity capabilities. This hearing, occurring during Cybersecurity Awareness Month, will provide Members with an opportunity to examine the state of cyber information sharing and cyber incident response capabilities."

Subcommittee Chairman Patrick Meehan (R-PA) on the hearing: “Our Committee has been focused on providing our nation and the Department of Homeland Security with the tools and authorities to prevent a cyber attack on U.S. critical infrastructure. Through our efforts conducting oversight, and partnering with government and private sector stakeholders, we remain determined to prevent an attack. Today’s joint hearing will further our efforts by ensuring that the federal government and its state and local partners are capable of responding to and mitigating the threat should a successful cyber attack occur. I look forward to discussing ways that Congress can help advance the Department’s response capabilities.”

Wednesday, October 30 at 9:30 a.m.

Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency

Facility Protection: Implications of the Navy Yard Shooting on Homeland Security

210 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • Mr. L. Eric Patterson, Director, Federal Protective Service, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Greg Marshall, Chief Security Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Ms. Caitlin Durkovich, Assistant Secretary, Infrastructure Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Testifying on behalf of the Interagency Security Committee)
  • Mr. Mark Goldstein, Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues, U.S. Government Accountability Office

Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Duncan (R-SC) on the hearing: “On September 16, 2013, Aaron Alexis tragically killed 12 innocent people and wounded several others at the Washington Navy Yard. After such a tragedy, many questions arise as to what systems and procedures exist for protecting facilities. DHS’s Federal Protective Service (FPS) is the primary federal agency responsible for providing law enforcement and security services to federal facilities. With about 9,600 federal facilities that house 1.1 million occupants and have 1.4 million visitors on an average day, FPS has an important role in the security of the homeland. The purpose of this hearing is to examine what DHS is doing to protect federal facilities and what steps, if any, need to be taken to improve security.”

*LIVE video of the hearings will be available here.

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