Press Release


The Week Ahead: House Committee on Homeland Security

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Washington, D.C. (Monday, April 11, 2011) – Today, U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, announced the following Committee events for this week:

Wednesday, April 13
2:00 p.m., 311 Cannon House Office Building
HEARING:  Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications
Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL), Chairman                      

“Taking Measure of Countermeasures (Part 1):  A Review of Government and Industry Efforts to Protect the Homeland through Accelerated Research, Development, and Acquisition of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Medical Countermeasures”

Invited witnesses include:

Ms. Phyllis Arthur, Senior Director, Vaccines, Immunotherapeutics & Diagnostics Policy, Biotechnology Industry Organization

Ms. Cynthia Bascetta, Managing Director, Health Care, Government Accountability Office

John M. Clerici, Esq., Principal, Tiber Creek Partners

The Honorable Nicole Lurie, Assistant Secretary, Preparedness and Response, Department of Health and Human Services

The Honorable Tara O'Toole, Under Secretary, Science and Technology Directorate, Department of Homeland Security

The Honorable Andrew C. Weber, Assistant Secretary of Defense, Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs, Department of Defense

Chairman Bilirakis on the hearing:
"It is critical for the Federal government to work with industry to ensure the timely development of medical countermeasures for deployment in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attack or incident.  This hearing, which is the first in a two part series, will provide Members of the Subcommittee with an opportunity to examine the efforts of Federal agencies to work with each other and with industry to research, develop, and procure vital medical countermeasures, including ways to remove any barriers impeding this process."

Thursday, April 14
10:00 a.m., 311 Cannon House Office Building

MARKUP:  Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies
Rep. Daniel E. Lungren (CA), Chairman

H.R. 901, (Mr. Lungren) to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to codify the requirement that the Secretary of Homeland Security maintain chemical facility anti-terrorism security regulations.  The “Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Security Authorization Act of 2011”
Friday, April 15
10:00 a.m., 311 Cannon House Office Building

HEARING:  Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies
Rep. Daniel E. Lungren (CA), Chairman

“The DHS Cybersecurity Mission:  Promoting Innovation and Securing Critical Infrastructure”

Invited witnesses include:

Mr. Ed Amoroso, Sr. Vice President and Chief Security Officer, AT&T

Ms. Jane Carlin, Chair, Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council

Mr. Gerry Cauley, President and CEO, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)

Mr. Sean McGurk, Director, National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), Department of Homeland Security

Chairman Lungren on the hearing:
“In the second of our series of hearings on cybersecurity, we will focus on how the partnership between DHS and our critical infrastructure owners is progressing and what might be done to improve and strengthen this relationship.”