Press Release


House Homeland Security Committee Schedule for June 16-20, 2014

Media Contact: April Ward (202) 226-8417

The House Homeland Security Committee has announced the following hearings for next week.

WEDNESDAY, June 18 at 10:00 a.m.

Homeland Security Committee

The Critical Role of First Responders: Sharing Lessons Learned from Past Attacks

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • Deputy Commissioner John Miller, Intelligence and Counterterrorism, New York City Police Department, New York City, New York
  • Chief James Schwartz, Arlington County Fire Department, Arlington, Virginia
  • Chief James Hooley, Boston Emergency Medical Services
  • Dr. Brian A. Jackson, Director, RAND Safety and Justice Program, The RAND Corporation

Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) on the hearing: “First responders are the backbone of our nation’s homeland security efforts. These men and women courageously serve our country every day. From 9/11 to the Boston Marathon bombings, our emergency response providers have rushed toward the scene, not away. This hearing will explore the lessons learned from previous terror attacks to enhance our prevention, preparedness and response capabilities today."

FRIDAY, June 20 at 9:30 a.m.

Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency

Stakeholder Perspectives on Priorities for the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • Mr. Stewart A. Baker, Former Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Frank J. Cilluffo, Associate Vice President and Director, Homeland Security Policy Institute, The George Washington University
  • Hon. Elaine Duke, Former Under Secretary for Management, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Duncan (R-SC) on the hearing: “Congress has mandated that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) develop a strategy—known as the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review or QHSR—every four years to guide how the Federal government effectively protects the homeland. As our Nation is over $17 trillion in debt, DHS must prioritize and make tradeoffs on how best to keep us safe. Having a focused, affordable, and achievable strategy is critical to reining in DHS’s massive bureaucracy. I look forward to hearing from homeland security experts on their assessment of priorities for DHS’s soon to be released QHSR.”

*LIVE video of the hearings will be available here.