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November 18, 2022

Chairs Thompson, Maloney Request GAO Conduct Review of the Federal Government’s Water Sector Efforts

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Carolyn B. Malone​y (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, sent a letter to the Comptroller General requesting the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a study to evaluate efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to identify and assist water and wastewater utilities that are … Continue Reading


November 07, 2022

Thompson, Barragán, Grijalva, Castro Ask GAO to Review Reports of Border Patrol Not Returning Personal Property

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Committee on Homeland Security Chair Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Border Security, Facilitation, & Operations Subcommittee Chair Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA), Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), announced that they have sent a request to the Comptroller General asking the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a review of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) handling of personal property belonging to … Continue Reading


October 17, 2022

Chairs Maloney and Thompson Launch Formal Investigation into Mississippi Governor’s Distribution of Federal Funds for Water System Repairs in Jackson

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Carolyn B. Malone​y (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, sent a letter to Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves requesting information on how the state plans to ​distribute more than $10 billion in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, including $429 million that was specifically allotted to … Continue Reading


August 25, 2022

Chairs Thompson and Clarke Demand Twitter CEO Address Whistleblower Allegations

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), and Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, & Innovation, sent a letter to Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal demanding the company address disturbing whistleblower allegations regarding poor security and privacy practices and explain Twitter’s preparedness for the 2022 midterm elections. Letter excerpts:  American … Continue Reading


August 23, 2022

Homeland Security, Energy & Commerce Leaders Write Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Dirty Bomb Threat After Government Report Exposes Security Gaps

(WASHINGTON) – Today, bipartisan leaders from the House Committee on Homeland Security and House Committee on Energy & Commerce sent a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) urging the agency to take immediate action to address vulnerabilities in its oversight of purchases of radiological materials. Last month, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report that identified security gaps that could be exploited by terrorists and other bad actors to obtain … Continue Reading


August 16, 2022

Thompson & Nadler Send Letter Requesting Information on Government Purchase of Americans’ Private Data

(WASHINGTON) – Today, House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and House Homeland Security Committee Chair Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) sent a letter to Attorney General Garland of the Department of Justice, Secretary Mayorkas of the Department of Homeland Security, Director Wray of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Commissioner Magnus of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Acting Director Johnson of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Administrator Milgram of the Drug … Continue Reading


August 16, 2022

Chairs Thompson and Maloney Demand DHS Inspector General Comply with Committees’ Investigation into Handling of Erased Text Messages

(WASHINGTON) –  Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General Joseph V. Cuffari demanding that his office comply with their requests for documents and transcribed interviews in the Committees’ investigation into potential mismanagement and misconduct in the DHS Office of Inspector General … Continue Reading


August 01, 2022

Thompson, Torres, Demings Inquire on Federal Government Response to Monkeypox Virus

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Vice Chairman Ritchie Torres (D-NY), and Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Subcommittee Chairwoman Val Demings (D-FL) sent letters to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding the Federal government’s preparations for and response to the monkeypox virus. In their letter to GAO, the Members ask GAO to examine the … Continue Reading


August 01, 2022

Chairs Thompson and Maloney Release New Evidence on DHS IG’s Handling of Inquiry into Erased Text Messages, Renew Call for IG to Step Aside

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General Joseph V. Cuffari renewing their call for him to step aside from the investigation into erased text messages related to the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, in light of new evidence obtained by the Committees … Continue Reading


July 26, 2022

Chairs Thompson and Maloney Call for DHS Inspector General to Step Aside from Investigation of Erased January 6 Text Messages

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General Joseph V. Cuffari and Chair of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) Allison C. Lerner requesting that Inspector General Cuffari step aside and CIGIE appoint a new Inspector General to lead the ongoing … Continue Reading


June 07, 2022

Thompson, House Chairs, Congress Urge President Biden to Recalibrate Relationship with Saudi Arabia

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, alongside five Committee Chairpersons called on President Biden to further recalibrate the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia, in light of reports that President Biden is considering a visit to the Kingdom in the coming months, and urged the president to forcefully advocate for a more balanced bilateral relationship that benefits everyday Americans and reaffirms … Continue Reading


June 02, 2022

Homeland Democrats Request Briefing on DHS Role In Responding to Uvalde Shooting

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Homeland Security Committee Democrats, led by Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to request a committee briefing on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) role in responding to tragic mass shooting Uvalde, Texas last week and what the Department plans to do, along with its Federal, State, and local partners, to prevent future tragedies.  “While details surrounding the horrific … Continue Reading


June 01, 2022

Thompson, Watson Coleman Congratulate New Coast Guard Commandant as First Ever Female Military Service Chief

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Chairwoman of the Transportation and Maritime Security Subcommittee, sent a letter to Admiral Linda Fagan to congratulate her on her swearing in as the new United States Coast Guard Commandant and first female ever to lead a branch of our armed forces. “You take the helm of the Coast Guard at a pivotal moment for our Nation as we combat … Continue Reading


May 10, 2022

Chairs Thompson and Maloney Request Information from DHS IG on Efforts to Conceal Department Employee Misconduct

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General Joseph Cuffari, requesting documents and information related to reported efforts by the Inspector General’s office to delay or conceal findings of domestic abuse and sexual harassment by DHS employees.  The letter follows a … Continue Reading


April 28, 2022

Chairs Thompson, Watson Coleman Write TSA on its Plan to Address Rise in Guns at Airport Checkpoints After Member of Congress Again Caught by TSA

(WASHINGTON) – Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security, sent a letter to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) inquiring about its plan to address the dangerous and alarming rise of individuals bringing firearms to airport checkpoints after a Member of Congress, Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), was caught by TSA bringing a gun to a … Continue Reading


April 21, 2022

Chair Thompson, Vice Chair Torres Lead Bipartisan Letter to MTA Regarding Security Cameras in Wake of NYC Subway Shooting

(WASHINGTON) – Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY), Vice Chairman of the Committee, led a bipartisan letter to the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) following the New York City Subway shooting in Sunset Park, Brooklyn last week. After it was revealed that security cameras were not functioning on the day of the shooting, the Members request information regarding how the MTA uses funds it has … Continue Reading


March 25, 2022

Chairs Thompson & Barragán Urge DHS to Terminate Contract with Torrance County Detention Facility

(WASHINGTON) – Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, & Operations, sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) following a management alert from the DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) regarding unsafe and unsanitary conditions at the Torrance County Detention … Continue Reading


February 10, 2022

Homeland Democrats Request Additional Funding to Protect Nonprofits Amid Increasing Threats, Including Houses of Worship and HBCUs

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Homeland Security Committee Democrats, led by Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), sent a letter to House Appropriators urging them to provide significant new funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) in the FY2022 Homeland Security Appropriations bill, given the current complex, diffused, and dynamic terrorism landscape which is heavily motivated by elements of white supremacy.  Recently, there has been a spate of bomb threats to Historically … Continue Reading


January 24, 2022

House & Senate Committee Leaders Request GAO Audit of CBP ‘Critical Incident Teams’

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Chairs of the House and Senate Homeland Security Committees, House and Senate Judiciary Committees, and House Oversight Committee sent a letter to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting it conduct a review of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) use of Critical Incident Teams along the southwest border. The letter – sent by 10 Committee and Subcommittee Chairs – was prompted by a complaint from a civil rights organization … Continue Reading


January 24, 2022

Oversight and Homeland Security Chairs Request Information from Customs and Border Protection on Potential Misconduct of Specialized Teams

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), requesting documents and information related to Critical Incident Teams—specialized units within CBP tasked with investigating and collecting evidence of allegations of excessive and deadly use of force by Border Patrol agents.  “The Committees … Continue Reading

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