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A Look Ahead: House Committee on Homeland Security

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A Look Ahead:  House Committee on Homeland Security

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, announced the following upcoming Committee events:

Tuesday, October 4

Subcommittee Hearing: Does Administrative Amnesty Harm our Efforts to Gain and Maintain Operational Control of the Border?

10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 4, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security

Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Chief Michael J. Fisher
Border Patrol
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Mr. Kumar C. Kibble
Deputy Director
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Ms. Ruth Ellen Wasem, Ph.D.
Specialist in Immigration Policy
Congressional Research Service

Chairman Miller on the hearing:

“Securing our nation’s borders is one of the principal responsibilities of the federal government. Our hearing will examine the impact of the Administration’s recent decision to limit enforcement of federal immigration laws concerning illegal immigration cases and how this new policy will affect the Border Patrol’s ability to gain and maintain operational control of the border.  Instead of offering a blind eye to those people who break our laws, we should ensure our nation’s law enforcement has the resources they need and we have a clear strategy to secure our borders.”

Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Mérida Part Two: Insurgency and Terrorism in Mexico

2:00 p.m. on Tuesday October 4, 2011, in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management (Jointly with Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere – Rep. Connie Mack (R-FL), Chairman)

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

The Honorable William R. Brownfield
Assistant Secretary Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
U.S. Department of State

Mr. Rodney G. Benson
Assistant Administrator, Chief of Intelligence
Drug Enforcement Administration
U.S. Department of Justice

Ms. Mariko Silver
Acting Assistant Secretary
Office of International Affairs
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Chairman McCaul on the hearing:

“Narco-terrorists are operating within miles of the United States—Mexico border, and they are infiltrating US cities.  The U.S. Congress must be updated and continually evaluate U.S. efforts to determine if we are effective in countering this growing threat and properly assisting Mexico in their war against the drug cartels.  Both Chairman Mack and I have held hearings on the Merida Initiative, and we decided to combine efforts so the American public has a more comprehensive understanding of the growing insurgent threat in Mexico, the terrorist tactics these drug cartels are using, and what steps the U.S. Government is taking to help Mexico."

Wednesday, October 5

Subcommittee Hearing: Intelligence Sharing and Terrorist Travel: How DHS Addresses the Mission of Providing Security, Facilitating Commerce and Protecting Privacy for Passengers Engaged in International Travel

10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 5, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence

Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Ms. Mary Ellen Callahan
Chief Privacy Officer
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Thomas Bush
Executive Director of Automation and Targeting
Office of Intelligence and Investigative Liaison
Customs and Border Protection

Mr. David Heyman
Assistant Secretary for Policy
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Chairman Meehan on the hearing:

“This hearing will examine the Department of Homeland Security’s role in the use of international traveler data to provide security, protect privacy, and share critical intelligence among our international partners.  I look forward to hearing from senior DHS officials on the status of ongoing negotiations with our European partners on the Passenger Name Record (PNR) agreement and assisting the Department in their efforts to finalize an agreement.“

Thursday, October 6

Subcommittee Hearing: Cloud Computing: What are the Security Implications?

10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 6, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies

Rep. Daniel Lungren (R-CA), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

The Honorable Richard Spires
Chief Information Officer
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Dr. David McClure, Ph.D.
Associate Administrator
Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies
U.S. General Services Administration

Mr. Greg Wilshusen
Director of Information Security Issues
Government Accountability Office

Mr. James R. Bottum
Vice Provost for Computing & Information Technology
and Chief Information Officer
Clemson University

Mr. Timothy Brown
Senior Vice President and Chief Architect for Security
CA Technologies

Mr. James W. Sheaffer
North American Public Sector
Computer Sciences Corporation

Chairman Lungren on the hearing:

“In light of the Administration’s ‘Cloud First Policy’ and the announced transition by the Department of Homeland Security to cloud computing, my Subcommittee will be examining how government information is being managed and secured in the cloud environment.  We also want to hear how the private sector is implementing this shared technology option, its cost savings and risk concerns.”

***See for updates.

***Coverage note:  All Committee on Homeland Security proceedings are webcast live at