04.25.12

Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications Subcommittee to Hold Grants Hearing– TOMORROW

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Washington, D.C. – The Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, chaired by Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), will hold a hearing entitledEnsuring the Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Transparency of Homeland Security Grants (Part II): Stakeholder Perspectives tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. in Room 311 Cannon House Office Building. 

The hearing tomorrow will provide Members with stakeholder perspectives on the homeland security grants administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), including the proposal in the President's FY13 budget request to consolidate a number of grant programs into a new National Preparedness Grant Program. The new program would replace a number of current terrorism preparedness grant programs, including the State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP), the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), the Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP), the Port Security Grant Program (PSGP), the Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS), the Citizen Corps Program, and the Buffer Zone Protection Program. 

Bilirakis said: “The Subcommittee is continuing its review of homeland security grant programs administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and this hearing will provide Subcommittee Members with valuable input from stakeholders who receive and rely on this funding to enhance their security operations.  In particular, this hearing will provide insight into the concerns expressed by stakeholders about the proposal in the President's Fiscal Year 2013 budget request to consolidate grant programs into a new National Preparedness Grant Program."

What:                Subcommittee Hearing on “Ensuring the Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Transparency of Homeland Security Grants (Part II): Stakeholder Perspectives

When:                2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 26, 2012

Where:              311 Cannon House Office Building

                           **Live video feed will be available HERE

Opening statements, witness testimony, and the live video feed will be available online HERE

Witness List:

Panel I

Mr. Jim Davis, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Public Safety, Vice Chair of the Governors' Homeland Security Advisors Council, National Governors Association
Testifying on behalf of the National Governors Association

Mr. Bryan Koon, Director, Florida Division of Emergency Management
Testifying on behalf of National Emergency Management Association

Ms. Hui-Shan L. Walker, Emergency Management Coordinator, City of Hampton, Virginia, U.S.A. President, International Association of Emergency Managers
Testifying on behalf of the International Association of Emergency Managers

Mr. Judson Freed, Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Ramsey County, Minnesota
Testifying on behalf of the National Association of Counties

Panel II

Deputy Commissioner Richard Daddario, Counterterrorism Bureau, New York City Police Department

Mr. Robert M. Maloney, Director, Office of Emergency Management, Baltimore, Maryland

Chief Hank C. Clemmensen, Palatine Rural Fire Protection District
First Vice President, International Association of Fire Chiefs
Testifying on behalf of the International Association of Fire Chiefs

Mr. Richard A. Wainio, Port Director and CEO, Tampa Port Authority
Testifying on behalf of the American Association of Port Authorities

Mr. Michael P. DePallo, Director/General Manager, Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation
Testifying on behalf of the American Public Transportation Association

 

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