02.25.15

Homeland Security Subcommittees to Hold Hearings on DHS Oversight & Federal, State, Local Information Sharing

Media Contact: April Ward (202) 226-8477

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tomorrow, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency and the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence will hold the following hearings:

THURSDAY, February 26 at 10:00 a.m.

Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency

Assessing DHS’s Performance: Watchdog Recommendations to Improve Homeland Security

311 Cannon House Office Building

Witnesses Include:

·         The Honorable John Roth, Inspector General, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

·         Ms. Rebecca Gambler, Director, Homeland Security and Justice Issues, U.S. Government Accountability Office

·         Dr. Daniel M. Gerstein, Senior Policy Researcher, The RAND Corporation

Subcommittee Chairman Scott Perry, R-Pa., on the hearing: “The brave men and women protecting our homeland face a challenging mission. We expect them to keep America safe 100 percent of the time and cannot tolerate mediocrity; however, numerous reports from our watchdogs at the Government Accountability Office and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General highlight DHS management failures. Watchdogs have identified areas where taxpayer dollars are at high risk to waste, fraud and abuse, and found problems that directly affect DHS core missions. This hearing will examine watchdog recommendations to make DHS more efficient and effective.”

THURSDAY, February 26 at 2:00 p.m.

Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence

Addressing Remaining Gaps in Federal, State, and Local Information Sharing

311 Cannon House Office Building

Witnesses Include:

·         Mr. Mike Sena, President, National Fusion Center Association

·         Chief Richard Beary, President, International Association of Chiefs of Police

·         Dr. Cedric Alexander, National President, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives

Subcommittee Chairman Peter King, R-N.Y., on the hearing: “There's no doubt we have made significant progress since 9/11 to improve information sharing, but clearly gaps remain. State and local law enforcement are absolutely vital to the Homeland Security mission. They require the full support of Federal partners to be prepared to address new threats. This hearing will examine areas were cooperation between federal, state, and local authorities can be improved, and highlight successes in information sharing."

*LIVE video of the hearings will be available here.

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