Press Release


House Homeland Security Committee Schedule for May 5-9, 2014

Media Contact: Charlottee Sellmyer (202)266-8417

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

WEDNESDAY, May 7 at 10 a.m.

Homeland Security Committee

Preventing Waste, Fraud, Abuse and Mismanagement in Homeland Security – A GAO High-Risk List Review

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • The Honorable Alejandro Mayorkas, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • The Honorable Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller Genderal of the United States, Government Accountability Office 
  • The Honorable John Roth, Inspector General, U.S. Department of Homeland Security 

Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) on the hearing: “Every dollar wasted at DHS is a dollar that could be used to better protect our borders, our communities and our citizens. Unfortunately, for almost a decade, many of DHS’ core management programs have been labeled by GAO as ‘high risk’ for waste, fraud and abuse. Over the years, millions of taxpayer dollars have been misused by DHS on faulty technology and poor planning. Next week, we will discuss GAO’s High Risk report and hear from Department leadership on how they plan to get their house in order and fix problems like acquisitions, information technology, and integration in order to better protect the homeland and taxpayer dollars.”

THURSDAY, May 8 at 2 p.m.

Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies

Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP): Threat to Critical Infrastructure

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

Panel I

  • The Honorable Trent Franks, A Representative from the 8th District of Arizona  

Panel II

  • Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, Congressional EMP Commission, Congressional Strategic Posture Commission, Executive Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security
  • Dr. Michael J. Frankel, Senior Scientist, Pennsylvania State University, Applied Research Laboratory

Subcommittee Vice-Chairman Scott Perry (R-PA) on the hearing: “I look forward to raising public awareness about the underreported threat that Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) poses to our homeland security.  It’s important that we present accurate, objective information to the American people regarding EMP’s potentially catastrophic danger to our critical infrastructure.”

RESCHEDULED to Wednesday, May 21 at 10 a.m.

Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence and Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies

Assessing Persistent and Emerging Cyber Threats to the U.S. Homeland

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • Mr. Joseph Demarest, Assistant Director, Cyber Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Mr. Glenn Lemons, Senior Intelligence Officer, Cyber Intelligence Analysis Division, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, U.S. Department of Homeland Security 
  • Mr. Larry Zelvin, Director, National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, National Protection and Programs Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security 

Subcommittee Chairman Peter King (R-NY) on the hearing: “There is no doubt that foreign actors, including nation-states, terrorists, and criminal organizations, pose a grave cyber threat to the U.S. Homeland.  This hearing will examine the persistent threat, assess intentions and capabilities of these bad actors, and review U.S. coordination and response efforts.  Combatting these threats will require a coordinated effort among multiple partners.  I look forward to holding this hearing jointly with Chairman Meehan and the Subcommittee for Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies.”

*LIVE video of the events will be available here.