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, March 27

Subcommittee Markup: H.R. 4251

10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security

Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), Chairman

H.R. 4251, (Mrs. Miller) To authorize, enhance, and reform certain port security programs through increased efficiency and risk-based coordination within the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.

An Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute  is expected to be offered by Mrs. Miller.

Wednesday, March 28

Full Committee Markup: H.R. 3563, H.R. 2764, H.R. 3140, H.R. 2179

10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Committee on Homeland Security

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

H.R. 3563, (Mr. Bilirakis) To authorize the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) to ensure the timely and effective distribution of alerts and warnings.  The “Alert and Warning System Modernization Act of 2011.”

An Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute is expected to be offered by Mr. Bilirakis.

H.R. 2764, (Mr. Meehan) To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish weapons of mass destruction intelligence and information sharing functions of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis of the Department of Homeland Security and to require dissemination of information analyzed by the Department to entities with responsibilities relating to homeland security, and for other purposes. The “WMD Intelligence and Information Sharing Act of 2011.”

H.R. 3140, (Ms. Speier) To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to prioritize the assignment of officers and analysts to certain State and urban area fusion centers to enhance the security of mass transit systems.  The “Mass Transit Intelligence Prioritization Act.”

H.R. 2179, (Mr. Miller, (R-FL)) to amend title 49, United States Code, to direct the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) to transfer unclaimed money recovered at airport security checkpoints to United Service Organizations, Incorporated, and for other purposes.

Subcommittee Hearing: Rightsizing TSA Bureaucracy and Workforce Without Compromising Security

2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee on Transportation Security

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Mr. David Nicholson
Assistant Administrator for Finance and Administration
Chief Financial Officer
Transportation Security Administration

Mr. Christopher L. McLaughlin
Assistant Administrator
Security Operations
Transportation Security Administration

Mr. Sean J. Byrne
Assistant Administrator for Human Capital
Transportation Security Administration

Mr. James G. Duncan
Assistant Administrator for Professional Responsibility
Transportation Security Administration

Chairman Rogers on the hearing:

“The growth of TSA’s bureaucracy has outpaced the number of travelers the agency was designed to protect. The goal of this hearing is to more fully understand why this is the case, and hear what steps TSA plans to take to address this problem.  Securing our nation’s transportation systems is paramount, and for that reason we must ensure that every dollar TSA spends directly addresses that goal.”

Thursday, March 29

Subcommittee Hearing: The Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Request for the Department Homeland Security’s Office of Health Affairs

10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 29, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications

Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Dr. Alexander Garza
Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs
Chief Medical Officer
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Chairman Bilirakis on the hearing:

“This hearing continues the Subcommittee’s oversight of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Health Affairs (OHA), and particularly the BioWatch Program and National Biosurveillance Integration Center.  The President’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget request provides a significant increase for the development and testing of BioWatch Gen-3.  This Committee and the Office of Management and Budget have previously expressed concern about the management of this program, including the fact that a sufficient cost-benefit analysis has not been conducted.  This hearing will provide Members with an opportunity to more closely examine this, and other, OHA programs to ensure our resources are leveraged to best enhance our security.”

***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.