Press Release

04.29.15

Homeland Security Committee to Hold Two Hearings Tomorrow

Media Contact: Susan Phalen (202) 226-8477

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tomorrow, the Committee on Homeland Security and the Subcommittee on Transportation Security to hold the following hearings.

THURSDAY, April 30 at 10:00 a.m.

Committee on Homeland Security

“Allegations of Special Access and Political Influence at the Department of Homeland Security”

311 Cannon House Office Building

Witness Includes:

·         The Honorable Alejandro Mayorkas, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, on the hearing: “Last month, our Committee held a hearing regarding an Inspector General investigation involving allegations against DHS Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. The report’s findings are troubling as the IG made some very serious charges against Mr. Mayorkas. Chief among them was he used his position to influence outcomes in select cases for the benefit of politically-connected and powerful individuals. Public service is a public trust and those who violate that trust must be held accountable. The Committee has reviewed the IG report, examined new documents, and continues to diligently work to better understand these allegations. After reviewing this information, I have even more questions about Mr. Mayorkas’ judgement. I look forward to hearing Mr. Mayorkas respond to these allegations.”

 

THURSDAY, April 30 at 2:00 p.m.

Subcommittee on Transportation Security    

“A Review of Access Control Measures at Our Nation's Airports, Part II”

311 Cannon House Office Building

Witnesses Include:

Panel I

·         Mr. Melvin Carraway, Acting Administrator, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Panel II

·         Ms. Jeanne Olivier, A.A.E., Assistant Director, Aviation Security and Technology, Security Operations and Programs Department, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, Testifying on behalf of American Association of Airport Executives

·         Mr. Steven Grossman, Chief Executive Office/Executive Director, Jacksonville International Airport, Jacksonville Aviation Authority, Testifying on behalf of Airports Council International – North America

Subcommittee Chairman John Katko, R-N.Y., on the hearing: “This hearing builds upon the Subcommittee’s first hearing of the 114th Congress by continuing to examine how airport access control measures can be improved at airports nationwide. In January of this year, the Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC) was tasked with conducting a review of airport access control measures and released a final report earlier this month. This hearing will provide an opportunity for the Subcommittee to better understand the ASAC's findings and discuss the feasibility of implementing the report's recommendations. I look forward to having a meaningful dialogue with airport stakeholders and the TSA on what can be done, going forward, to improve employee vetting and screening for those with access to sensitive and sterile parts of our nation's airports.”

*LIVE video of the hearings will be available here.

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