Committee on Homeland Security

Michael McCaul

Subcommittee Hearing: Combating Terrorist Travel: Does the Visa Waiver Program Keep Our Nation Safe?

2015/03/17


Subcommittee Hearing: Industry Perspectives on the President’s Cybersecurity Information Sharing Proposal

2015/03/04


House Committee on Homeland Security Schedule for March 2-6, 2015

2015/02/27

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security has announced the following hearing for next week:  

WEDNESDAY, March 4 at 2:00 p.m.

Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies

“Industry Perspectives on the President’s Cybersecurity Information Sharing Proposal”

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

·         Mr. Matthew Eggers, Senior Director, National Security and Emergency Preparedness, U.S Chamber of Commerce

·         Mr. Gregory T. Garcia, Executive Director, Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security

·         Ms. Mary Ellen Callahan, Former Chief Privacy Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Subcommittee Chairman John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, on the hearing: “Earlier this week, the full committee heard from DHS's cybersecurity officials about the president's cybersecurity information sharing proposal. This hearing will be an opportunity for stakeholders to share their perspectives on information sharing legislation. The only way we can address our cybersecurity vulnerabilities and fortify our defenses against future cyber attacks is by increasing the sharing of threat indicators between the public and private sectors. As such, we need buy-in from stakeholders before we move forward.”

*LIVE video of the hearing will be available here.

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Subcommittee Hearing: Addressing Remaining Gaps in Federal, State, and Local Information Sharing

2015/02/26


Subcommittee Hearing: Assessing DHS’s Performance: Watchdog Recommendations to Improve Homeland Security

2015/02/26


Homeland Security Subcommittees to Hold Hearings on DHS Oversight & Federal, State, Local Information Sharing

2015/02/25

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tomorrow, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency and the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence will hold the following hearings:

THURSDAY, February 26 at 10:00 a.m.

Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency

Assessing DHS’s Performance: Watchdog Recommendations to Improve Homeland Security

311 Cannon House Office Building

Witnesses Include:

·         The Honorable John Roth, Inspector General, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

·         Ms. Rebecca Gambler, Director, Homeland Security and Justice Issues, U.S. Government Accountability Office

·         Dr. Daniel M. Gerstein, Senior Policy Researcher, The RAND Corporation

Subcommittee Chairman Scott Perry, R-Pa., on the hearing: “The brave men and women protecting our homeland face a challenging mission. We expect them to keep America safe 100 percent of the time and cannot tolerate mediocrity; however, numerous reports from our watchdogs at the Government Accountability Office and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General highlight DHS management failures. Watchdogs have identified areas where taxpayer dollars are at high risk to waste, fraud and abuse, and found problems that directly affect DHS core missions. This hearing will examine watchdog recommendations to make DHS more efficient and effective.”

THURSDAY, February 26 at 2:00 p.m.

Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence

Addressing Remaining Gaps in Federal, State, and Local Information Sharing

311 Cannon House Office Building

Witnesses Include:

·         Mr. Mike Sena, President, National Fusion Center Association

·         Chief Richard Beary, President, International Association of Chiefs of Police

·         Dr. Cedric Alexander, National President, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives

Subcommittee Chairman Peter King, R-N.Y., on the hearing: “There's no doubt we have made significant progress since 9/11 to improve information sharing, but clearly gaps remain. State and local law enforcement are absolutely vital to the Homeland Security mission. They require the full support of Federal partners to be prepared to address new threats. This hearing will examine areas were cooperation between federal, state, and local authorities can be improved, and highlight successes in information sharing."

*LIVE video of the hearings will be available here.

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McCaul Statement on FBI Arrest of Three U.S.-Based ISIS Supporters

2015/02/25

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the FBI’s arrest of three Brooklyn men who were planning to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The men are charged with providing material support to ISIS:

Chairman McCaul: “This threat is precisely why my colleagues on the committee and I launched a bipartisan Task Force today. Americans are continuing to try to join and aid ISIS and more must be done to keep them off the battlefield. We must have a strategy to stop jihadists groups from recruiting them and to prevent those who have already traveled to join terrorists overseas from coming back and threatening our security. The Task Force will be working diligently to investigate this growing threat and ways we can deter and disrupt terror travel in the near term.”

This morning, Chairman McCaul and U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., ranking member of the Committee on Homeland Security, announced the creation of a bipartisan “Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel” in response to the threat from extremists fighting overseas and the danger they pose to the U.S. homeland.

Comprised of five Republicans and three Democrats, the Task Force will assess the U.S. government's efforts to obstruct terrorist travel and to keep violent extremists from entering the United States. The Task Force will meet with government agencies, top officials, outside experts, and others to generate policy solutions and develop legislative recommendations to mitigate the threat.

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McCaul Opening Statement at Hearing on President’s Cybersecurity Information Sharing Proposal

2015/02/25

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, delivered the following opening statement at a hearing entitled, “Examining the President’s Cybersecurity Information Sharing Proposal.” Watch live HERE.

Chairman McCaul: At the dawn of the digital age, our nation saw endless opportunities to generate prosperity by expanding our networks and connecting to the world. But today, American prosperity depends as much on defending those networks as it does on expanding them.

Every day our country faces digital intrusions from criminals, hacktivists, terrorists, and nation-states like Russia, China and Iran. The impacts of those intrusions are felt everywhere—from our national security secrets to the personal information of Americans.

We cannot tolerate acts of cyber vandalism, cyber theft, and cyber warfare especially when they put our nation’s critical infrastructure at risk and when they steal American intellectual property and innovation. Accordingly, our government must play a leading role in combating threats in the digital domain.

It is clear that safeguarding American cyberspace is one of the great national security challenges of our time. We are confronted almost daily with frightening new precedents, such as the North Korean cyber attack on Sony Pictures—a cowardly act meant to intimidate Americans and stifle freedom of expression.

This attack came from a nation-state using a digital bomb to target and destroy computer systems here in the United States. Iranian-backed hackers also demonstrated this capability when they attacked Saudi Arabia’s national oil company, Aramco, and destroyed 30,000 computers. Iran also continues to target major U.S. banks to shut down websites and restrict Americans ability to access their bank accounts.

Imagine this type of attack on our gas pipelines or power grid in the Northeast. Such assaults on our critical infrastructure could cripple our economy and weaken our ability to defend the United States. These scenarios sometimes sound alarmist, but we must take them seriously as they grow more realistic every day. Our adversaries are hard at work developing and refining cyber attack capabilities, and they are using them to intimidate our government and threaten our people in both times of peace and times of conflict.

But the threat extends beyond the industrial engines that drive our economy to the homes of Americans themselves. Criminals and countries alike can use cyber attacks to raid Americans’ savings accounts or steal their personal health records.

The recent breach of health insurer, Anthem, illustrates the intrusiveness of these attacks. That assault alone exposed the personal information of up to 80 million people, including the names, birth dates, and social security numbers of tens of millions of children. But this is just the latest in a long string of cyber breaches targeting private citizens—a list that includes breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus, Home Depot, and JP Morgan.

Our adversaries are also seeking to steal secrets from our government and our most innovative companies. We know that Chinese hackers, for instance, continue to breach federal networks for the purpose of espionage and attack major U.S. businesses to give themselves a competitive edge in the global economy. Make no mistake: these attacks are costing Americans their time, money, and jobs. General Keith Alexander has described cyber espionage and the loss of American intellectual property as the “greatest transfer of wealth in history.”

Sadly, our laws are not keeping up with the threat. For instance, fearing legal liability, many private companies choose to not disclose the threats they see on their own networks, leaving others vulnerable to the same intrusions.

We cannot leave the American people and our businesses to fend for themselves. Now, more than ever, Congress must take aggressive action. 

This year I will lead a renewed effort to push cybersecurity legislation through Congress. Last year, the ranking member and I, and this committee, passed five cyber bills. These new statutes lay out the rules of the road on how cyber information will be shared between government and the private sector so that the two can work together to combat this persistent threat. The laws also provide important protections to ensure Americans’ information and civil liberties are not compromised. 

But now, we must build on that success. And, we can start by creating a “safe harbor” where legal barriers to sharing cyber threat information are removed and the private sector is encouraged to collaborate. This will allow us to respond to cyber incidents more quickly and effectively—and will give government and private entities the ability to see the threat landscape in real-time.

I am pleased the president has come forward with a proposal on this important issue. Our solutions must transcend partisan boundaries if we are going to tackle this challenge. The American people are counting on us.

I want to thank the witnesses for testifying before this committee and I look forward to your testimony.

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Homeland Security Committee Announces Task Force on Terrorist, Foreign Fighter Threat

2015/02/25

Media Contact: Majority: April Ward Minority: Adam Comis Katko: Erin O’Connor Sanchez: Barb Solish

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., ranking member of the Committee on Homeland Security, announced the creation of a bipartisan “Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel” in response to the threat from extremists fighting overseas and the danger they pose to the U.S. homeland.

Comprised of five Republicans and three Democrats, the Task Force will assess the U.S. government's efforts to obstruct terrorist travel and to keep violent extremists from entering the United States. The Task Force will meet with government agencies, top officials, outside experts, and others to generate policy solutions and develop legislative recommendations to mitigate the threat.   

Members will include: Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., Republican Lead; Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D- Calif., Democratic Lead; Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas; Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz.; Rep. Donald Payne, Jr., D-N.J.; Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas; Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Texas.

Chairman McCaul said: “Thousands of Westerners, including Americans, have traveled overseas to fight with terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq. Armed with military training, combat experience, extremist connections and Western passports these individuals pose an exceptionally grave threat to America’s security and are only a plane-flight away from our shores. In recent months, terrorists have struck multiple Western cities, including Copenhagen, Paris, Sydney, Ottawa and beyond. We need to make sure we are doing everything possible to prevent these fighters and other terrorists from traveling to the United States to carry out more attacks. I am eager for the Task Force to start its work and to provide recommendations on confronting this urgent threat.”

Ranking Member Thompson said: “The danger of foreign fighters inspired by terrorist ideology is clear and alarming. We have been told time and again that the terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant–ISIL–is actively recruiting Westerners and promoting lone wolf-style attacks throughout the globe. The threat of a terrorist-trained extremist returning to the United States from the battlefields in Iraq and Syria is serious, and we must do what we can to prevent it. This Task Force will allow our committee to take a more precise look into this vexing problem, and I look forward to receiving the final recommendations.”

Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., Republican Lead of the Task Force, said: “We face a constantly evolving terrorist threat to the United States homeland, and Congress must remain vigilant to protect the American people. Violent Islamist extremism is surging, and terrorist groups are attracting recruits from all corners of the globe.  More must be done to deter, detect, and disrupt the travel of these extremists between countries in order to keep them from reaching our country but also to keep them from reaching the battlefield. I am honored to serve as the Republican Lead of this Task Force, and I look forward to reviewing the strategies and programs in place to diminish the threat.”

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., Democratic Lead of the Task Force, said: “There are potentially thousands of Westerners who have taken up the fight with terrorist organizations around the world, including the so-called Islamic State. Armed with lethal training and Western passports, these individuals pose an imminent threat to our country and the world. Our bipartisan Task Force will examine the threats and develop solutions to address the dangerous and growing recruitment efforts by such terrorist organizations.”  

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Hearing: Examining the President’s Cybersecurity Information Sharing Proposal

2015/02/25


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Membership

Louis Barletta

PENNSYLVANIA's 11th DISTRICT

Buddy Carter

GEORGIA's 1st DISTRICT

Curt Clawson

FLORIDA's 19th DISTRICT

Jeff Duncan

SOUTH CAROLINA's 3rd DISTRICT

Will Hurd

TEXAS' 23rd DISTRICT

John Katko

NEW YORK's 24th DISTRICT

Peter King

NEW YORK's 2nd DISTRICT

Barry Loudermilk

GEORGIA's 11th DISTRICT

Tom Marino

PENNSYLVANIA's 10th DISTRICT

Michael McCaul

TEXAS' 10th DISTRICT

Martha McSally

ARIZONA's 2nd DISTRICT

Candice Miller

MICHIGAN's 10th DISTRICT

Steven Palazzo

MISSISSIPPI's 4th DISTRICT

Scott Perry

PENNSYLVANIA's 4th DISTRICT

John Ratcliffe

TEXAS' 4th DISTRICT

Mike Rogers

ALABAMA's 3rd DISTRICT

Lamar Smith

TEXAS' 21st DISTRICT

Mark Walker

NORTH CAROLINA's 6th DISTRICT