Press Release


House Committee on Homeland Security Schedule for April 20-24, 2015

Media Contact: Susan Phalen; April Ward (202) 226-8477

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security has announced the following hearings for next week:  

WEDNESDAY, April 22 at 10:00 a.m.

Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications

“Strategic Perspectives on the Bioterrorism Threat”

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

·         The Honorable Jim Talent, Former Senator from the State of Missouri; Former Vice-Chair of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism

  • Dr. Charles B. Cairns, Interim Dean, University of Arizona College of Medicine; Assistant Vice President, Arizona Health Sciences Center

Subcommittee Chairman Martha McSally, R-Ariz., on the hearing: “The risk of a biological terrorist attack to America is an urgent and serious threat. A bioattack could cause illness and even kill hundreds of thousands of people, overwhelm our public health capabilities, and create significant economic, societal and political consequences. Our nation’s capacity to prevent, respond to, and mitigate the impacts of biological terror incidents is a top national security priority. This hearing will highlight the threat of bioterrorism and ensure we’re taking the needed steps to prepare for and defend America against this threat.” 

WEDNESDAY, April 22 at 2:00 p.m.

Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency   

“Acquisition Oversight: How Effectively Is DHS Safeguarding Taxpayer Dollars?”

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

·         Ms. Michele Mackin, Director, Acquisition and Sourcing Management, U.S. Government Accountability Office

·         The Honorable Chip Fulghum, Chief Financial Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Subcommittee Chairman Scott Perry, R-Pa., on the hearing: “Frontline personnel securing our borders, protecting our airports, and defending our shores must have the tools to successfully accomplish their mission. A broken acquisition process delivers tools that are late, cost more, and do less than anticipated. Watchdogs continue to find failures in DHS’s management of its acquisitions, which is unacceptable and puts taxpayer dollars at risk. This hearing will examine DHS’s major acquisition programs and processes and what must be done to fix long-standing problems and achieve better outcomes for the American taxpayer and frontline personnel.”  

*LIVE video of the hearings will be available here.