Press Release


House Committee on Homeland Security Schedule for February 23-27, 2015

Media Contact: 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, February 25 at 11:30 a.m. (NOTE: Time change from 10:00am to 11:30am)

Committee on Homeland Security

“Examining the President’s Cybersecurity Information Sharing Proposal”

311 Cannon House Office Building

Witnesses Include:

·         The Honorable Suzanne Spaulding, Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

·         Dr. Phyllis Schneck, Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications, National Protection and Programs Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

·         Mr. Eric Fischer, Senior Specialist, Science and Technology, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress

Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, on the hearing: “The recent cyber attack on Anthem was yet another stark reminder of the persistent threats we face. Now, more than ever, Congress must take aggressive action to remove legal barriers to improve private entities’ ability to share information to combat these attacks.

“Last year, I shepherded bipartisan cybersecurity legislation through Congress and into law, including a bill to authorize DHS’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC). My committee is now taking the next steps and working on new legislation, which will include liability protections for cyber threat information sharing. While I am glad that the president finally came to the table on this issue and delivered a proposal to Congress last month, many questions remain. This hearing will examine the details of his plan and help to inform our legislative process, as we work with our partners in the House and Senate on this issue.”

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

Invited 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

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

Invited Witnesses Include:

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

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

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.