A Look Ahead: House Committee on Homeland Security Committee (***updated with witness names, additional hearing)

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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:

Thursday, October 13

Conclusion of Full Committee Markup: H.R. 3116

9:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 13, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Full Committee

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

H.R. 3116, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2012 for the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes. The “Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012”.

Subcommittee Hearing: TSA Reform: Exploring Innovations in Technology Procurement to Stimulate Job Growth, Part II

2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 13, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee on Transportation Security

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Mr. Scott Boylan
Safran Morpho Detection
Vice President & General Counsel

Mr. Marc A. Pearl
President & CEO
Homeland Security & Defense Business Council 

Chairman Rogers on the hearing:

“This subcommittee continues to investigate ways that TSA can promote innovation in the private sector, thereby creating jobs and meeting the TSA mission of securing commerce and the traveling public.  In our last hearing, we heard from former Department officials and the Government Accountability Office on challenges that TSA and DHS have in working more efficiently with industry to develop and procure needed screening technologies.  For this hearing, we invite industry to come in to tell us what they think. We know that actions can be taken that will incentivize industry to want to work with government, and we intend to promote that dialogue and find answers to some of the challenges that continue to stifle innovation.”

Friday, October 14

Subcommittee Hearing: A Call to Action: Narco-Terrorism’s Threat to the Southern U.S. Border

10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 14, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include: 

General Barry R. McCaffrey (Ret.)
BR McCaffrey Associates, LLC

Major General Robert H. Scales (Ret.)

Mr. Todd Staples
Texas Department of Agriculture

Dr. Michael Vickers
Texas Border Volunteers

Chairman McCaul on the hearing:

 “Every American needs to be aware of the threat these narco-terrorists pose to our communities in every state and to our national security. To date, this administration has buried its head in the sand rather than confront the extraordinary magnitude of the cartels’ incursions and operations in the United States and the propensity for increased violence. If the White House does not heed the warning that now is the time to commit to a comprehensive strategy to secure the border, it unfortunately may take a catastrophic event to get their attention.”

Monday, October 17

Subcommittee Field Hearing: Texas Wildfire Review: Did Bureaucracy Prevent a Timely Response?

10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 17, in Texas State Capitol Room E1.010, 1100 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX, 78701

Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman

Witnesses to be announced.

Chairman McCaul on the hearing:

“It was well known almost a year ago that Texas faced extreme fire danger yet the federal government took no steps to pre-position aviation assets that would have made a significant difference.  The number of firefighting aircraft was insufficient to attack dozens of fires burning simultaneously.  Nowhere was this more evident and the results more devastating than in Bastrop County – one of the most beautiful parts of Texas and part of my congressional district.  

“The takeaway from these devastating fires is that help should be a phone call away instead of an act of Congress, and the resources to help should be readily available.  The goal of this oversight hearing and investigation is to ensure the most rapid, organized and prepared response the next time fires erupt.”

***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.