Week Ahead: Committee Schedule June 10-14, 2013

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

WEDNESDAY, June 12 at 10:00 a.m.

Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence

Protecting the Homeland Against Mumbai-Style Attacks and the Threat from Lashkar-e-Taiba

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • Mr. Joseph W. Pfeifer, Chief of Counterterrorism and Emergency Preparedness, Fire Department of New York
  • Ms. C. Christine Fair, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Georgetown University
  • Mr. Stephen Tankel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, American University

Subcommittee Chairman Peter T. King (R-NY) on the hearing: “This hearing will examine the capability and intent of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani-based jihadi terror group that carried out the 2008 Mumbai attack, to strike the U.S. homeland.  Additionally, we will examine efforts of first responders, including the Fire Department of New York, to prepare for and respond to similar attacks that use fire as a weapon.”

FRIDAY, June 14 at 9:00 a.m.

Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency

Why Can’t DHS Better Communicate with the American People?

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • Mr. Robert Jensen, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Douglas Pinkham, President, Public Affairs Council
  • Mr. Bill Braniff, Executive Director, Center for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), University of Maryland

Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Duncan (R-SC) on the hearing: “The Administration seems to have a bunker mentality in communicating with the public.  DHS has not been responsive to Americans’ concerns and has not provided accurate information on a variety of issues, such as ammunition purchases, the sequester, and immigration detainee releases.  We have invited DHS officials next week to discuss the Department’s strategy for communicating on issues of importance and concern to the general public and key stakeholders. Improving communication will help DHS’s credibility and build trust with the American people, which are crucial aspects to the Department’s ability to implement policy, respond to natural disasters, and protect the homeland.”

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