Press Release


House Committee on Homeland Security Schedule for April 27-May 1, 2015

Media Contact: Susan Phalen (202) 226-8477

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

WEDNESDAY, April 29 at 12:00 p.m.

Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence

“Terrorism in Africa: The Imminent Threat to the United States”

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

·         Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director, Africa Center, Atlantic Council

·         Mr. Thomas Joscelyn, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Subcommittee Chairman Peter King, R-N.Y., on the hearing: “We are ever mindful of the continuing threat to our nation from terrorist groups originating in the Middle East and Afghanistan—in particular the Islamic State of Iraq and the Syria (ISIS) and al-Qaeda. While our nation must continue to address the longstanding danger posed by  these groups, we must also focus on the imminent and growing threat posed by their affiliates operating in Africa. In recent months, we have seen Africa-based Islamist terrorist groups perpetrate numerous acts of violence against innocent people. As Islamist jihadi groups extend their influence in Africa, they are increasingly calling for more attacks on U.S. and Western interests, including attacks on the U.S. Homeland. As we fight  ISIS and al Qaeda in Syria and Iraq, we cannot afford to ignore their allies and affiliates in Africa. This hearing will examine the terrorist threat from groups across Africa and assess what more must be done do to protect our citizens and prevent another terrorist attack in the United States.” 

THURSDAY, April 30 at 10:00 a.m.

Committee on Homeland Security

“Allegations of Special Access and Political Influence at the Department of Homeland Security”

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witness Includes:

·         The Honorable Alejandro Mayorkas, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, on the hearing: “Last month, our Committee held a hearing regarding an Inspector General investigation involving allegations against DHS Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. The report’s findings are troubling as the IG made some very serious charges against Mr. Mayorkas. Chief among them was he used his position to influence outcomes in select cases for the benefit of politically-connected and powerful individuals. Public service is a public trust and those who violate that trust must be held accountable. The Committee has reviewed the IG report, examined new documents, and continues to diligently work to better understand these allegations. After reviewing this information, I have even more questions about Mr. Mayorkas’ judgement. I look forward to hearing Mr. Mayorkas respond to these allegations.”


THURSDAY, April 30 at 2:00 p.m.

Subcommittee on Transportation Security    

“A Review of Access Control Measures at Our Nation's Airports, Part II”

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

Panel I

·         Mr. Melvin Carraway, Acting Administrator, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Panel II

·         Ms. Jeanne Olivier, A.A.E., Assistant Director, Aviation Security and Technology, Security Operations and Programs Department, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, 4 World Trade Center, Testifying on behalf of American Association of Airport Executives

Subcommittee Chairman John Katko, R-N.Y., on the hearing: “This hearing builds upon the Subcommittee’s first hearing of the 114th Congress by continuing to examine how airport access control measures can be improved at airports nationwide. In January of this year, the Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC) was tasked with conducting a review of airport access control measures and released a final report earlier this month. This hearing will provide an opportunity for the Subcommittee to better understand the ASAC's findings and discuss the feasibility of implementing the report's recommendations. I look forward to having a meaningful dialogue with airport stakeholders and the TSA on what can be done, going forward, to improve employee vetting and screening for those with access to sensitive and sterile parts of our nation's airports.”  

*LIVE video of the hearings will be available here.