Press Release


Homeland Security Subcommittees to Hold Hearings on CBRN Attacks, Cybersecurity

Media Contacts: Mike Rosen, Charlotte Sellmyer (202) 226-8417

Washington, D.C. –The U.S. House Homeland Security Committee will conduct two subcommittee hearings tomorrow.

THURSDAY, April 25 at 10:00 a.m.

Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence

Counterterrorism Efforts to Combat a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Attack on the Homeland

311 Cannon House Office Building

Witness List

Panel I

  • Mr. Richard Daddario, Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism, New York City Police Department
  • Dr. Huban Gowadia, Acting Director, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Scott McAllister, Deputy Under Secretary, State and Local Program Officer, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Panel II

  • Dr. Leonard Cole, Director, Program on Terror Medicine and Security, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey

Subcommittee Chairman King on the hearing: “North Korea and al-Qaeda have threatened to attack the Homeland with weapons of mass destruction.  The tragic events in Boston further highlight the danger posed by homegrown violent extremists to carry out attacks in the homeland by exploiting improvised explosive devices.  The last lines of defense against such an attack are local police. This hearing will specifically examine how first responders work with DHS’ Domestic Nuclear Detection Office on the ‘Securing the Cities’ program and how the Office of Intelligence and Analysis collects and disseminates threat information to enhance the federal, state and local governments’ capabilities to detect and respond to such attacks.”

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

THURSDAY, April 25 at 2:00 p.m.

Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies

Striking the Right Balance: Protecting Our Nation's Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Attack and Ensuring Privacy and Civil Liberties

311 Cannon House Office Building

Witness List:

  • Ms. Mary Ellen Callahan, Partner, Jenner & Block, and Former Chief Privacy Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Ms. Cheri F. McGuire, Vice President, Global Government Affairs & Cybersecurity Policy, Symantec
  • Ms. Harriet Pearson, Partner, Hogan Lovells

Subcommittee Chairman Meehan on the hearing: "Protections for the privacy of American citizens are integral to a proper and effective government response to the growing threat of cyber attack. The Department of Homeland Security continues to strengthen its civil liberties protections to ensure that private data about American consumers is not utilized improperly. This hearing will give the Committee an opportunity to examine these protections in depth, learn more about potential improvements, and give a forum to cybersecurity and privacy experts to discuss how to properly balance privacy and security."

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