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Homeland Security Transportation Security Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Continued Efforts to Prevent Terrorists from Entering U.S. Flight Schools

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Washington, D.C. – The Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security, chaired by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), will hold a hearing entitled “A Decade After 9/11 Could American Flight Schools Still Unknowingly Be Training Terrorists?” tomorrow at 10 a.m. in 311 Cannon House Office Building.

At tomorrow’s hearing, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) will release a report entitled “General Aviation Security: Weaknesses Exist in TSA’s Process for Ensuring Foreign Flight Students Do Not Pose a Security Threat.”  Members will have the opportunity to review the report’s findings on the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP). 

In addition, Members will hear directly from the TSA and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agencies involved with the AFSP, on how they are ensuring the proper vetting of foreign nationals enrolling in U.S. flight schools. 

Rogers said: "Created in direct response to 9/11, TSA's Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP) is meant to ensure that terrorists can never again exploit holes in our vetting and information sharing processes for training foreign nationals at flight schools in the U.S. Unfortunately, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently uncovered weaknesses in the AFSP which call into question the TSA's effectiveness at making sure foreign nationals training at U.S. flight schools do not pose a security threat. It is disturbing to learn we could still be vulnerable to the same actions the 9/11 hijackers took over a decade ago.  This hearing will examine the findings and recommendations in GAO's new report."

WHAT:      Subcommittee Hearing: A Decade After 9/11 Could American Flight Schools Still Unknowingly Be Training Terrorists?

WHEN:       10 a.m., Wednesday, July 18, 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 HERE.

Witness List:

Mr. Kerwin Wilson
General Manager for General Aviation
Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement
Transportation Security Administration
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mr. John Woods
Assistant Director
National Security Investigations
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
U.S.  Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Stephen Lord
Homeland Security and Justice Issues
Government Accountability Office

Mr. Jens C. Hennig
Vice President of Operations
General Aviation Manufacturers Association

Mr. Ed Bolen
President and Chief Executive Officer
National Business Aviation Association