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, February 7

Subcommittee Hearing: Balancing Maritime Security and Trade Facilitation: Protecting our Ports, Increasing Commerce and Securing the Supply Chain – Part I

10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, February 7, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security

Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Panel I

Honorable Jerrold Nadler
A Representative in Congress from the 8th District of New York

Panel II

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

Mr. Kevin McAleenan
Acting Assistant Commissioner
Office of Field Operations
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Rear Admiral Paul Zukunft
Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship
U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Stephen Caldwell
Maritime and Coast Guard Issues
Homeland Security and Justice Team
Government Accountability Office

Chairman Miller on the hearing:

“More than 11 million cargo containers arrive in America’s ports every year, which present the potential for dangerous materials being smuggled into our country through the supply chain.  We have been successful in interdicting illegal guns, money, drugs, and even people, being smuggled through cargo containers in the past, and this hearing will examine the potential for terrorists and others to manipulate our supply chains and endanger our ports.  My hearing will examine the integrity of the supply chain, the government agencies whose job it is to screen and inspect cargo to secure our ports, and how the Obama Administration’s new National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security outlines the nation’s plan to guard against these threats.”

Subcommittee Hearing: Screening Partnership Program: Why is a Job-Creating, Public-Private Partnership Meeting Resistance at TSA?

2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, February 7, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee on Transportation Security

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Honorable John S. Pistole
Transportation Security Administration

Mr. Mark VanLoh
Aviation Department
Kansas City International Airport

Mr. Stephen D. Amitay
Federal Legislative Counsel
National Association of Security Companies

Chairman Rogers on the hearing:

“The Screening Partnership Program (SPP) gives the private sector an opportunity to work with TSA, and create new jobs, by replacing federal screeners with private screeners.  So why has TSA arbitrarily decided to stop growing SPP?  This hearing will examine the root cause of TSA’s resistance toward SPP, and a broken contracting process that impacts not only SPP but also other important programs.

If TSA is committed to becoming an effective counter-terror organization, it must do better – and that involves working closer with the private sector to reduce its inefficiencies and bureaucracy.  I look forward to having an open discussion with Administrator John Pistole and our other witnesses about the taxpayer dollars that are being wasted, the potential jobs lost, and TSA’s plans for addressing other shortfalls as identified by Congress, the private sector, and the traveling public.”

Wednesday, February 15

Hearing: An Examination of the President’s FY 2013 Budget Request for the Department of Homeland Security

2:30 P.M. on Wednesday, February 15, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

House Committee on Homeland Security

Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman

Invited Witness:

Honorable Janet Napolitano
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Thursday, February 16

Subcommittee Hearing: DHS Monitoring of Social Networking and Media: Enhancing Intelligence Gathering and Ensuring Privacy

10:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 16, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence

Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA), Chairman

Witnesses to be Announced

***See www.homeland.house.gov for updates.

***Coverage note:  All Committee on Homeland Security proceedings are webcast live at www.homeland.house.gov/live-video-feed.