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August 02, 2012

Thompson Statement on Agreement for TSA Worker Protections

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement following news that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) came to an agreement on a collective bargaining agreement. I am very pleased that TSA and AFGE came to an agreement on a collective bargaining agreement early this morning. Finally, after a ten-year struggle, Transportation … Continue Reading


August 02, 2012

Secure Communities Program Needs Focused Implementation

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement in response to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report he requested on the Secure Communities program and its operations. The report, entitled "Secure Communities: Criminal Alien Removals Increased, but Technology Planning Improvements Needed" (GAO-12-708) found that a growing proportion of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) alien removals … Continue Reading


July 25, 2012

Thompson Statement - Hearing with Secretary Napolitano and Director Olsen

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Committee on Homeland Security Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) delivered the following prepared remarks for the full Committee hearing entitled Understanding the Homeland Threat Landscape: As we meet today to consider the homeland threat landscape, we must be mindful that yesterday, the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq issued a videotaped message indicating his intention to carry out attacks within the United States. These new threats require an assessment … Continue Reading


July 24, 2012

Known Crewmember Program to Include Flight Attendants

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement in response to the announcement from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that flight attendants will be receive expedited security screening, as a part of the second phase of the Known Crewmember (KCM) program. Under the Known Crewmember program, which was started in 2011, pilots employed by … Continue Reading


July 12, 2012

GAO: Federal Hiring Security Clearance Guidelines Need Revamp

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement in response to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report he requested on security clearance requirements for federal civilian positions, entitled "Security Clearances: Agencies Need Clearly Defined Policy for Determining Civilian Position Requirements" (GAO-12-800). In the report, GAO found that there are essentially no agreed upon standards for … Continue Reading


June 29, 2012

GAO: DHS Can Improve on Critical Infrastructure Protection Efforts

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement in response to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report he requested on critical infrastructure protection, entitled "Critical Infrastructure Protection: DHS Could Better Manage Security Surveys and Vulnerability Assessments" (GAO-12-378). The report assesses the extent to which the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) National Protection and … Continue Reading


June 27, 2012

FEMA Must Implement Delayed Personnel Management Systems

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement in response to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report on the Federal Emergency Management Administration's (FEMA) credentialing system for the qualification and certification of its workforce through experience, training, and demonstrated performance. The report, entitled "FEMA's Progress in Implementing Employee … Continue Reading


June 20, 2012

Thompson Hearing Statement on Hearings on Radicalization in the Muslim Community

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Committee on Homeland Security Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) delivered the following prepared remarks for the full Committee hearing on The American Muslim Response to Hearings on Radicalization within their Community: Today's hearing is the fifth hearing in this Committee's series on radicalization in the American Muslim community. Since this Committee's first hearing on radicalization, the Obama Administration has taken several steps in dismantling al … Continue Reading


June 15, 2012

New TWIC Policy Means A Less-Costly and Burdensome Option for Nation's Port and Transportation Security Workers

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security released the following statement in response to the announcement today, by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), that the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) renewal policy will be revised - starting in August - to provide a new less-costly and burdensome option for the Nation's transportation and port security workers: I … Continue Reading


June 11, 2012

CBP Border Drone Program Suffers from Budget and Planning Shortfalls

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement in response to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) - drones - which are intended to provide reconnaissance, surveillance, targeting, and acquisition capabilities across all CBP areas of responsibility. CBP began using UAS … Continue Reading


June 08, 2012

Thompson Statement Opposing FY2013 DHS Appropriations Act

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement on passage of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (H.R. 5855): The DHS Appropriations Bill for FY2013 does not fully meet nor adequately fund our nation's homeland security needs. This is why I opposed and voted against this partisan piece of legislation. Homeland Security grant programs, while increased over … Continue Reading


May 31, 2012

Thompson Marks Start of Hurricane Season

(WASHINGTON) - Today marks the beginning of the annual Atlantic Hurricane Season. Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, noted the occasion as he released a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report he requested on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Disaster Assistance Employee (DAE) program. The report, entitled Disaster Assistance Workforce: FEMA Could Enhance Human Capital Management and Training (GAO-12-538) found significant … Continue Reading


April 26, 2012

Thompson Floor Statement Opposing CISPA Rule

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, delivered the following statement (with video) on the House Floor for consideration of H. Res. 631, the Rule providing consideration for H.R. 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA): I rise in opposition to this Rule and the underlying bill. At the beginning of this Congress, expectations were high for meaningful progress on cybersecurity. Speaker … Continue Reading


April 26, 2012

FPS Needs Better Coordination with Federal Partners

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement in response to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report he requested on the quality of coordination between Federal Protective Service (FPS) personnel and state and local law enforcement agencies. The report, entitled "Federal Protective Service: Better Data on Facility Jurisdictions Needed to Enhance Collaboration with State and Local Law Enforcement" … Continue Reading


April 26, 2012

Second Thompson Floor Statement Opposing CISPA

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, delivered the following statement (with video) on the House Floor for consideration of H.R. 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA): Mr. Chairman, I rise in opposition to H.R. 3523. I appreciate the efforts of my colleagues on the Intelligence Committee to foster greater sharing of cyber threat information. Having been involved in homeland security issues … Continue Reading


April 25, 2012

Rep. Thompson to Offer Bipartisan CISPA Amendments to Fix Fatal Flaws

April 25, 2011 (WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statements regarding missing privacy safeguards and the lack of critical infrastructure protection in legislation slated for consideration during 'Cyber Week'. Ranking Member Thompson will be testifying this afternoon before the House Rules Committee in support of three amendments to CISPA (H.R. 3523) that address these issues. Two of the amendments … Continue Reading


April 18, 2012

Thompson Statement - Markup of Cybersecurity Bill H.R. 3674 - the Precise Act

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Committee on Homeland Security Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) delivered the following prepared remarks for the full Committee markup of H.R. 3674 - the PRECISE Act of 2011: Today, we are considering long-awaited cybersecurity legislation. At the last Full Committee mark-up, I stated the view that for this legislation to be effective, it must do three things: Address the growing cyber threat to critical infrastructure networks; Promote and enhance … Continue Reading


April 17, 2012

Thompson Statement on Secret Service Incident in Colombia

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement regarding the U.S. Secret Service incident in Cartagena, Columbia and the impending investigation: Although the Secret Service has been forthcoming and helpful in this matter, we must ensure all facts are uncovered and proper investigation takes place. We must determine what happened in Colombia, if the President's safety was ever jeopardized, … Continue Reading


April 05, 2012

Canceling FPS IT Contract Saves Taxpayer Money

(WASHINGTON) - Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released the results of an audit of a Federal Protective Service contract in a report entitled "FPS' Exercise of a Contract Option for the Risk Assessment and Management Program (RAMP)" (OIG-12-67). The contract was canceled after an investigation by the Committee's minority staff. To date, $41 million has been spent on the Risk Assessment and Management Program (RAMP). RAMP was intended to be … Continue Reading


March 28, 2012

Thompson Amendment Will Improve Emergency Alerts in Rural Areas

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, successfully offered an amendment to H.R. 3563, the Alert and Warning System Modernization Act of 2011 during a full Committee Markup of the Committee on Homeland Security. The amendment, which was agreed to by unanimous consent, will aim to improve reception of emergency alerts to areas with underdeveloped telecommunications infrastructure. Congressman Thompson delivered the following … Continue Reading