Press Release


House Homeland Security Committee Schedule for June 23-27, 2014

Media Contact: April Ward (202) 226-8417

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

MONDAY, June 23 at 10:00 a.m.

Field Hearing: Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications

Mass Gathering Security: A Look at the Coordinated Approach to Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey and Other Large Scale Events

Auditorium, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University Heights, Newark, NJ -07102

Invited Witnesses Include:

Panel I

  • Mr. Andrew McLees, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Coordinating Officer, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Lt. Col. Edward Cetnar, Deputy Superintendent, Operations, New Jersey State Police
  • Chief Louis Koumoutsos, Port Authority Police, Office of the Port Authority Chief of Security, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Chief John G. Centanni, Fire Chief, Fire Department, City of Newark, New Jersey

Panel II

  • Mr. Dan Grossi, Director, Event Security, National Football League
  • Mr. Daniel DeLorenzi, Director, Security and Safety Services, MetLife Stadium
  • Mr. J. Douglas Boles, President, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Dr. Fred S. Roberts, Director, Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellenece, Command, Control and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis, Rutgers University

Chairman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN) on the hearing: "Each year, hundreds of thousands of spectators attend mass gathering events across our country and around the world. Given the ever-present threats we face from acts of terrorism and other emergencies, each event requires a coordinated approach to security planning that incorporates law enforcement and emergency response providers at all levels of government. This hearing will examine the security considerations and planning necessary for a successful and secure mass gathering event through the lens of Super Bowl XLVIII and the Indianapolis 500."

TUESDAY, June 24 at 10:00 a.m.

Committee on Homeland Security

Dangerous Passage: The Growing Problem of Unaccompanied Children Crossing the Border

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • The Honorable Jeh Johnson, Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • The Honorable W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Ronald D. Vitiello, Deputy Chief, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) on the hearing: “Since October, more than 52,000 unaccompanied children have crossed our southern border and the problem is growing from bad to worse. They are being drawn here as a result of our failed border policies. It’s a terrible situation where parents are handing over their children to smugglers only to endure unspeakable hardship and peril along a very dangerous and long journey. At the same time, ICE and CBP officers and agents are being overwhelmed by this massive influx of unaccompanied minors and it’s affecting their ability to stop and interdict criminal activity along the border, including cartels smuggling drugs, weapons and criminal aliens crossing into the United States. This hearing will examine the causes behind this recent surge and I look forward to hearing from DHS leaders on how they plan to stop this dangerous trend.”

TUESDAY, June 24 at 2:00 p.m.

Subcommittee on Transportation Security

Utilizing Canine Teams to Detect Explosives and Mitigate Threats

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • Ms. Annmarie Lontz, Division Director, Office of Security Services and Assessments, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Ms. Melanie Harvey, Director, Threat Assessment Division, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Chris Connell, President, Commodity Forwarders, Inc., Testifying on behalf of the Airforwarders Association
  • Ms. Jenny Grover, Acting Director, Homeland Security and Justice, Government Accountability Office

Chairman Richard Hudson (R-NC) on the hearing: “Canine teams are a critical layer in the risk-based approach taken to protect our Nation’s transportation systems. Through its National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program, the Transportation Security Administration has increased the use of explosives detection canines in recent years in airports and other transit hubs around the country, and it is the role of the Subcommittee to assess the agency’s capabilities, performance metrics and goals for its canine program. I look forward to hearing our witnesses’ perspectives on the program’s effectiveness and direction going forward.”

Wednesday, June 25 at 11:00 a.m.

Joint Hearing: Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies and

Education and Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education

How Data Mining Threatens Student Privacy

311 Cannon House Office Building

Witnesses To Be Announced

Chairman Patrick Meehan (R-PA) on the hearing: “Educational software and cloud systems are important tools for our teachers and students today. But parents have real concerns over how information these tools gather may be used, and that attendance records, learning abilities, locations, web histories and other personally identifiable information may be mined, shared and sold for profit.  I look forward to working with Chairman Rokita to examine the threat to student privacy and security posed by the mining and retention of student data.”

*LIVE video of the hearings will be available here.