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March 22, 2012

DHS Must Recover Improper Payments to Contractors

(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 improper payments at the Department and how to prevent them in the future. The report, entitled "Department of Homeland Security's Compliance with the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act of 2010" (OIG-12-48) found that in FY2011, DHS had $210 … Continue Reading


February 28, 2012

TWIC Report Shows Long Road Ahead

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the Department of Homeland Security's Final Report to Congress on The Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Reader Pilot Program. The 2006 SAFE Port Act required DHS to issue the final regulations for the TWIC readers by April 2011 but these regulations have yet to be issued and current TWICs will soon expire and need reissuance. Based on a 3 year pilot, the … Continue Reading


February 17, 2012

Thompson: Grant Guidance Shows Rash and Shortsighted Budget Cuts

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement regarding the Federal Emergency Management Agency's release of its Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Preparedness Grant Guidance. Pursuant to the end-of-the-year spending law, a paltry $1.3 billion was appropriated for homeland security grant programs. The grant guidance sets forth how these funds have been allocated by the Secretary of Homeland Security, based on … Continue Reading


February 16, 2012

Katrina Recovery Report Shows Slow Project Completion

(WASHINGTON) - Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report on the closeout status of Public Assistance projects as a result of Hurricane Katrina. The report, entitled: Efforts to Expedite Disaster Recovery in Louisiana, found that as of July 2011, FEMA had obligated $10.2 billion in Public Assistance grants to support Louisiana's recovery projects - which are supposed to have 48 month deadlines. However, in the 6 years since … Continue Reading


February 15, 2012

Thompson Hearing Statement - DHS FY2013 Budget

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Committee on Homeland Security Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) delivered the following prepared remarks for the full Committee hearing entitled An Examination of the President's FY 2013 Budget Request for the Department of Homeland Security: Madame Secretary, I expect that you will answer a wide range of questions today about your Fiscal Year 2013 budget request. I certainly have quite a few questions. But before we turn to the FY 2013 request, I think it is … Continue Reading


February 13, 2012

Thompson Statement on FY2013 DHS Budget Request

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement on President Obama's FY2013 budget proposal released today for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS): The DHS budget request reflects today's fiscal realities and the need for belt-tightening. When Secretary Napolitano comes before the Committee this week, I will be asking her if this belt-tightening will be at the expense of targeted preparedness … Continue Reading


February 07, 2012

Financial Controls Lacking at DHS

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the statement below in response to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report: The Preparedness Directorate's Anti-Deficiency Act Violations for Fiscal Year 2006 Shared Service Administrative Assessments. The report concurred with an independent audit that the Preparedness Directorate (now NPPD) violated the Anti-Deficiency Act when it … Continue Reading


February 03, 2012

Report: Mismanagement Still a Problem at Federal Air Marshals

(WASHINGTON) - Today, a CNN news report details an extensive Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General (IG) report on problems at the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS). The report was requested after CNN uncovered illegal employment discrimination and misconduct at a FAMS field office in Orlando in 2010. Throughout the IG's investigation it was clear that individual employees have experienced discrimination or retaliation. The IG reported that the perception of discrimination … Continue Reading


January 25, 2012

Thompson Statement on the State of the Union

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement following the President's State of the Union speech: The President's agenda was clearly laid out last night: as the country is recovering and getting stronger, there is still more to be done. The world is without Osama bin Laden and much of al Qaeda's leadership. We have secured the border more than ever before. But we still have homeland … Continue Reading


January 17, 2012

Congress Should Authorize Grant Program For Naturalization Assistance and Integration

January 17, 2012 (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 naturalization and citizenship process. The report, entitled Immigrant Integration: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Could Better Assess Its Grant Program (GAO-12-274), details that with 39 million foreign-born people living in the United States, the … Continue Reading


January 13, 2012

Thompson Statement on Small Business Administration

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement regarding the announcements from President Obama that he will elevate the Small Business Administration to a cabinet-level post and ask Congress for the authority to consolidate other agencies: I applaud the President for his announcement today that he is elevating the Small Business Administration to a Cabinet Level agency. This move, along with … Continue Reading


January 10, 2012

Cyber Security Guidance Available - But Must Be In Industry Planning Documents

(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 cybersecurity guidance for entities with cyber-reliant critical infrastructure, such as power utilities and communications networks. The report, entitled Critical infrastructure Protection: Cybersecurity Guidance Available, but More can be Done to Promote Its Use (GAO-12-92), … Continue Reading


December 16, 2011

Thompson Calls on the Senate to Act on Privacy & Civil Liberties Oversight Board Nominees

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement regarding news that President Obama has completed nominating members to fill the vacancies of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. The board, authorized in the Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act (P.L. 110-53), advises the President and Executive Branch to ensure that privacy and civil liberties are considered with … Continue Reading


December 16, 2011

Thompson Statement Opposing Draconian Cuts to First Responders

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, delivered the following statement on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in opposition to the cuts to first responders in the Conference Report for H.R. 2055, which funds most federal government operations for the remainder of FY2012: I rise in opposition to this Rule and the underlying measure-- the Conference Report on H.R. 2055. When presented with a 1,219 page … Continue Reading


December 16, 2011

Thompson Commends DHS Action Against Discrimination and Racial Profiling

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement regarding news that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has terminated Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff's Office 287(g) agreement and has restricted its access to the Secure Communities program in response to a recent Department of Justice report that found discriminatory policing practices at Maricopa County. I commend Secretary Napolitano for … Continue Reading


December 16, 2011

Thompson Statement on Omnibus Spending Package

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement regarding the homeland security provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 (H.R. 3671): The Appropriations package that was released yesterday by House Republicans is an insult to the courageous first responders who, all around the country, have stepped up to meet the new challenges of a post-9/11 world. In the years since 9/11, DHS has … Continue Reading


December 08, 2011

Thompson Statement on CVE Strategy Implementation Plan

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement regarding the White House release of the Strategic Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States: The United States faces threats from a range of violent extremists, including those inspired by Al Qaeda, its affiliates and unaffiliated adherents. The newly-released … Continue Reading


December 07, 2011

Thompson Hearing Statement - Homegrown Terrorism: The Threat to Military Communities Inside the United States

(WASHINGTON) - Today, House Committee on Homeland Security Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) delivered the following prepared remarks for the joint House-Senate hearing entitled Homegrown Terrorism: The Threat to Military Communities Inside the United States: I want to thank the Chairman for holding this hearing. I also want to welcome our colleagues from the Senate who have joined us today. This hearing will examine the steps the military has taken to ensure the safety of its bases, … Continue Reading


November 21, 2011

Thompson Statement on Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following news that the Co-Chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (Super Committee) announced that they did not reach a bipartisan agreement: The American people want a big, bold, and balanced plan for deficit reduction and President Obama and Democratic negotiators have, time and again, shown they are willing to go there. I am disappointed that my … Continue Reading


November 21, 2011

Transportation Security Stakeholders Need Better Quality Information from DHS

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, issued the statement below in response to the release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on the sharing of transportation security information. The report, directed by the 9/11 Commission Act, is an analysis of a survey of recipients and stakeholders of this information. The report, entitled "Transportation Security Information Sharing: Stakeholders Generally Satisfied … Continue Reading