A Look Ahead: House Committee on Homeland Security

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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, April 24

Subcommittee Hearing: America is Under Cyber Attack: Why Urgent Action is Needed

2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Mr. Shawn Henry
Former Executive Assistant Director
Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Mr. James Lewis
Director and Senior Fellow
Technology and Public Policy Program
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Mr. Gregory C. Wilshusen
Information Security Issues
Government Accountability Office

Mr. Stuart McClure
Chief Technology Officer

Chairman McCaul on the hearing:

“We have been fortunate that up until this point, cyber attacks in our country have not caused a cataclysmic event that could bring physical harm to Americans.  But that is not for a lack of effort on the part of those who mean to destroy our way of life.  Every day nations and ‘hacktivist’ groups penetrate our public and private computer networks. The degradation of our national security and intellectual property from cyber theft threatens to weaken us where we have been historically strong: in our ingenuity and creativity.  

The purpose of our hearing is to examine the evolving computer hacking threats from nation states and hacker groups to government, financial institutions, American businesses, and personal computer networks.  And, as the U.S. House of Representatives considers cyber legislation this week, we will demonstrate the need for immediate action.”

Thursday, April 26

Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Iranian Cyber Threat to the U.S. Homeland

10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 26, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

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

Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA)

Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA)

Invited Witnesses Include:

Mr. Ilan Berman
Vice President
American Foreign Policy Council

Mr. Frank J. Cilluffo
Associate Vice President and Director
Homeland Security Policy Institute
The George Washington University

Chairman Lungren on the hearing:

“Cyber attacks don’t recognize international borders.  We know that the current Iranian regime has the motivation to target U.S. interests. What is unclear is Iranian cyber capability.  If recent reports are accurate that Tehran is investing $1 billion to expand their cyber warfare capabilities, Iran will be a growing cyber threat to our U.S. homeland.”

Chairman Meehan on the hearing:

“This hearing will examine Iran’s intent and capability to conduct a cyber attack against the U.S. Homeland. Tensions between the West and Iran are increasing over Iran’s illicit nuclear program, making the potential for an Iranian cyber attack against the homeland a real possibility.  Iran has invested over a billion dollars in its cyber capabilities and there are indications they have conducted cyber operations abroad.  Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmitt has stated publicly that ‘the Iranians are unusually talented in cyber war for some reason we don’t fully understand.’  I look forward to learning more about this threat and how we can protect the U.S. homeland from an Iranian cyber attack.”

Subcommittee Hearing: Ensuring the Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Transparency of Homeland Security Grants (Part II): Stakeholder Perspectives

2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications

Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Panel I

Mr. Jim Davis
Vice Chair of the Governors’ Homeland Security Advisors Council
National Governors Association

Mr. Bryan Koon
Director, Florida Division of Emergency Management
testifying on behalf of National Emergency Management Association

Ms. Hui-Shan L. Walker
U.S.A. President
International Association of Emergency Managers

Panel II

Deputy Commissioner Richard Daddario
Counterterrorism Bureau
New York City Police Department

Chief Hank C. Clemmensen
First Vice President
International Association of Fire Chiefs

Mr. Richard A. Wainio
Port Director and CEO
Tampa Port Authority
testifying on behalf of American Association of Port Authorities

Mr. Michael P. DePallo
Director/General Manager
Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation
testifying on behalf of the American Public Transportation Association

Chairman Bilirakis on the hearing:

“The Subcommittee is continuing its review of homeland security grant programs administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and this hearing will provide Subcommittee Members with valuable input from stakeholders who receive and rely on this funding to enhance their security operations.  In particular, this hearing will provide insight into the concerns expressed by stakeholders about the proposal in the President’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget request to consolidate grant programs into a new National Preparedness Grant Program.”

Tuesday, May 1

Subcommittee Field Hearing: Using Technology to Facilitate Trade and Enhance Security at Our Ports of Entry

2:00 p.m. Room 101, De La Garza Building, West End Washington St. Laredo, TX, 78040

Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security

Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), 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.