Press Release


Week Ahead: Committee Schedule for April 8 – April 12, 2013

Washington, D.C. – The House Homeland Security Committee has announced the following hearings for next week.

THURSDAY, April 11 at 10:00 a.m. **This subcommittee hearing, originally scheduled for April 11, 2013 at 10am, has been RESCHEDULED for April 25, 2013 at 10am.**

Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence

Subcommittee Hearing: Counterterrorism Efforts to Combat a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Attack on the Homeland

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • Mr. Richard Daddario, Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism, New York City Police Department
  • Dr. Huban Gowadia, Acting Director, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Scott McAllister, Deputy Under Secretary, State and Local Program Officer, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Subcommittee Chairman Peter King (R-NY) on the hearing: “North Korea and al-Qaeda have threatened to attack the homeland with weapons of mass destruction.  Our unsecure borders are vulnerable to attempts to sneak nuclear or radiological weapons into this country.  The last lines of defense against such an attack are local police working with DHS’ Domestic Nuclear Detection Office on the ‘Securing the Cities’ program.  Next week’s hearing will examine the threat of weapons of mass destruction attacks on the homeland, and review federal, state and local governments’ capabilities to detect and respond to such attacks.”

THURSDAY, April 11 at 1:00 p.m.

Subcommittee on Transportation Security

Subcommittee Hearing: TSA’s Efforts to Advance Risk-Based Security: Stakeholder Perspectives

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • Mr. Ken Dunlap, Global Director, Security & Travel Facilitation, International Air Transport Association
  • Ms. Sharon Pinkerton, Senior Vice President, Legislative and Regulatory Policy, Airlines for America
  • Mr. Geoff Freeman, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, U.S. Travel Association
  • Mr. Michael C. Mullen, Executive Director, Express Association of America
  • Mr. Christopher U. Browne, Airport Manager, Washington Dulles International Airport, Testifying on behalf of the American Association of Airport Executives

Subcommittee Chairman Richard Hudson (R-NC) on the hearing: “The Subcommittee's hearing with transportation security stakeholders will focus on efforts to bolster coordination with TSA in order to advance risk-based security for passengers and cargo. Doing so allows for a greater focus on current and emerging threats, while providing stakeholders increased flexibility and ultimately saving taxpayer dollars. I look forward to a discussion with our witnesses on risk-based initiatives such as Pre-Check, Managed Inclusion, and the Air Cargo Advanced Screening Pilot, the important role stakeholders play in implementing risk-based security, and other efforts being made to strengthen our security measures while decreasing unnecessary burdens on travelers and industry.”

FRIDAY, April 12 at 9:00 a.m.

Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency

Subcommittee Hearing: The Impact of Sequestration on Homeland Security: Scare Tactics or Possible Threat?

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • Hon. Rafael Borras, Undersecretary for Management, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Thomas S. Winkowski, Deputy Commissioner Performing the Duties of Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. John Halinski, Deputy Administrator, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Daniel H. Ragsdale, Deputy Director, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Duncan (R-SC) on the hearing: “The Administration has reiterated time and again that sequestration will have devastating impacts to our homeland security, whether through increased airport wait times, less secure borders, or the inability to detain illegal aliens.  Secretary Napolitano has also made clear that no amount of planning can mitigate these harmful impacts.  However, recent reports indicate that the Department is now reassessing its approach to sequestration and the Secretary’s blanket statement will not become reality.  The purpose of this hearing is to assess the Department’s planning efforts and uncover the true effects of sequestration so that the American people are not living in false fear.”

***The live video of the hearings will be available here.***