UPDATED — 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:

Wednesday, June 6

Full Committee Markup: H.R. 4251 and Committee Activity Report

10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 6, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Committee on Homeland Security

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

H.R. 4251, (Mrs. Miller of Michigan) 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. The “Securing Maritime Activities through Risk-based Targeting for Port Security Act” or “The SMART Port Security Act.”

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

The Committee Activity Report for the third quarter of the 112th Congress.

Subcommittee Hearing: The National Preparedness Report: Assessing the State of Preparedness

12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications

Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Panel I

The Honorable Tim Manning
Deputy Administrator
Protection and National Preparedness
Federal Emergency Management Agency
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Panel II

Mr. John Madden
Alaska Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services
Testifying on behalf of the National Emergency Management Association

Mr. Mike Sena
Deputy Director
Northern California Regional Intelligence Center
Testifying on behalf of National Fusion Center Association

Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, M.D.
Executive Director
American Public Health Association

Chairman Bilirakis on the hearing:

“At the start of another hurricane season and with the knowledge that the threat of terrorism against the United States has not abated, it is important that we assess our Nation’s state of preparedness.  This hearing will examine our current level of preparedness and provide Subcommittee Members with the opportunity to consider steps that must be taken to address any capability gaps.”

Thursday, June 7

Subcommittee Hearing: TSA’s Efforts to Fix Its Poor Customer Service Reputation and Become a Leaner, Smarter Agency

10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 7, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee on Transportation Security

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

The Honorable John S. Pistole
Transportation Security Administration

Chairman Rogers on the hearing:

“Through years of high profile mistakes and poor public communications, TSA has become one of the most disliked agencies in the Federal Government. Many Americans have a guttural response when they encounter TSA while traveling. Given the importance of securing our Nation’s airports and other transportation systems from terrorist attack, it is essential that TSA rebuild its trust and image with the American people. This hearing will provide an opportunity for TSA Administrator John Pistole to describe his efforts to fix TSA.  I firmly believe that TSA must become a leaner, smarter agency in order to improve its overall relationship with the flying public while continuing to perform its mission.”

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