Committee on Homeland Security

Michael McCaul

Subcommittee Hearing: Examining TSA’s Management of the Screening Partnership Program

2014/07/29


Subcommittee Hearing: Protecting the Homeland from Nuclear and Radiological Threats

2014/07/29


Hudson to Hold Hearing on TSA’s Screening Partnership Program; Meehan to Hold Hearing on Combating Nuclear and Radiological Threats

2014/07/28

Tomorrow, the Subcommittee on Transportation Security and the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies will hold the following hearings.

TUESDAY, July 29 at 9:30 a.m.

Subcommittee on Transportation Security  

Examining TSA’s Management of the Screening Partnership Program

311 Cannon House Office Building

Witnesses Include:

Panel I

  • Ms. Cindi Martin, C.M., Airport Director, Glacier Park International Airport
  • Mr. Mark VanLoh, A.A.E., Director, Aviation Department, Kansas City International Airport
  • Mr. Steve Amitay, Executive Director/General Counsel, National Association of Security Companies
  • Mr. J. David Cox, National President, American Federation of Government Employees    

Panel II                                                                     

  • Mr. William Benner, Director, Screening Partnership Program, Office of Security Operations, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Ms. Jennifer A. Grover, Acting Director, Homeland Security and Justice, U.S. Government Accountability Office

Subcommittee Chairman Richard Hudson (R-NC) on the hearing: “The long-term success of TSA’s Screening Partnership Program (SPP) is a priority for many Members of Congress and stakeholders around the country who understand the private sector is highly capable of providing efficient and effective screening services. Unfortunately, TSA’s actions over the last few years prove it does not share this goal. This hearing is an opportunity to examine the problems currently within the program and encourage TSA to take steps to enable more airports to choose private sector screening. This begins with an accurate accounting of the difference in costs between Federal and private screening and closer collaboration between TSA and industry stakeholders. I look forward to discussing these and many other issues with our witnesses to ensure the program is working and prepared to expand to additional airports.”

TUESDAY, July 29 at 2:00 p.m.

Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies

Protecting the Homeland from Nuclear and Radiological Threats

311 Cannon House Office Building

Witnesses Include:

  • Dr. Huban Gowadia, Director, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. David C. Trimble, Director, Natural Resources and Environment, U.S. Government Accountability Office

Subcommittee Chairman Patrick Meehan (R-PA) on the hearing: “A nuclear or radiological attack on American home soil is a nightmare scenario. The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) within the Department of Homeland Security is responsible for our ability to detect a nuclear or radiological device before it reaches our shores. With the rise of terrorist safe havens in the Middle East and their increasing level of sophistication, it is vitally important that DHS and DNDO are properly prepared to combat a growing threat. I look forward to hearing from Dr. Gowadia about the progress DNDO has made over the past several years and how the Committee can further assist in this effort to protect America from radiological and nuclear terrorism.”

*LIVE video of the hearings will be available here.

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House Homeland Security Committee Schedule for July 28-August 1, 2014

2014/07/28

The House Homeland Security Committee has announced the following hearings for this week.

TUESDAY, July 29 at 9:30 a.m.

Subcommittee on Transportation Security  

Examining TSA’s Management of the Screening Partnership Program

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • Ms. Cindi Martin, C.M., Airport Director, Glacier Park International Airport
  • Mr. Mark VanLoh, A.A.E., Director, Aviation Department, Kansas City International Airport
  • Mr. Steve Amitay, Executive Director/General Counsel, National Association of Security Companies
  • Mr. J. David Cox, National President, American Federation of Government Employees                                                                        
  • Mr. William Benner, Director, Screening Partnership Program, Office of Security Operations, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Ms. Jennifer A. Grover, Acting Director, Homeland Security and Justice, Government Accountability Office

Subcommittee Chairman Richard Hudson (R-NC) on the hearing: “The long-term success of TSA’s Screening Partnership Program (SPP) is a priority for many Members of Congress and stakeholders around the country who understand the private sector is highly capable of providing efficient and effective screening services. Unfortunately, TSA’s actions over the last few years prove it does not share this goal. This hearing is an opportunity to examine the problems currently within the program and encourage TSA to take steps to enable more airports to choose private sector screening. This begins with an accurate accounting of the difference in costs between Federal and private screening and closer collaboration between TSA and industry stakeholders. I look forward to discussing these and many other issues with our witnesses to ensure the program is working and prepared to expand to additional airports.”

TUESDAY, July 29 at 2:00 p.m.

Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies

Protecting the Homeland from Nuclear and Radiological Threats

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • Dr. Huban Gowadia, Director, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. David C. Trimble, Director, Natural Resources and Environment, U.S. Government Accountability Office

Subcommittee Chairman Patrick Meehan (R-PA) on the hearing: “A nuclear or radiological attack on American home soil is a nightmare scenario. The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) within the Department of Homeland Security is responsible for our ability to detect a nuclear or radiological device before it reaches our shores. With the rise of terrorist safe havens in the Middle East and their increasing level of sophistication, it is vitally important that DHS and DNDO are properly prepared to combat a growing threat. I look forward to hearing from Dr. Gowadia about the progress DNDO has made over the past several years and how the Committee can further assist in this effort to protect America from radiological and nuclear terrorism.”

*LIVE video of the hearings will be available here.

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Subcommittee Hearing: Jihadist Safe Havens: Efforts to Detect and Deter Terrorist Travel

2014/07/24


POSTPONED: Subcommittee Hearing: Threat to the U.S. Homeland: Emerging Nexus Between Foreign Actors, Transnational Criminal Organizations, and Terrorist Organizations in Latin America

2014/07/24

The Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency hearing entitled “Threat to the U.S. Homeland: Emerging Nexus between Foreign Actors, Transnational Criminal Organizations, and Terrorist Organizations in Latin America,” scheduled for Thursday, July 24, 2014, HAS BEEN POSTPONED to a date and time to be announced. 

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House Passes Human Trafficking Detection Act

2014/07/24

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed, by voice vote, H.R. 5116, the Human Trafficking Detection Act of 2014, introduced by Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC). The legislation requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide a human trafficking awareness-training program for Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and other relevant personnel.

U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Subcommittee Chairman Richard Hudson (R-NC), Subcommittee Ranking Member Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Representative Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) and Representative Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) joined in co-sponsoring the bill.

Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX): “In March, I held a Committee hearing in Texas where we heard from courageous survivors of human trafficking, as well as State and local law enforcement on how we can work together to combat this horrific crime. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plays a critical role in this effort. I’m pleased the House has passed the Human Trafficking Detection Act to ensure CBP, TSA, and other DHS personnel are trained on how to detect and prevent trafficking. The bill also encourages partnerships between DHS and State and local law enforcement to establish additional training programs. I will continue to push for further measures to fight human trafficking within the United States and around the world.”

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King to Hold Hearing on Detecting and Deterring Terrorist Travel; Oversight Subcommittee Hearing Postponed

2014/07/23

Tomorrow, the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence will hold a hearing examining efforts to detect and deter terrorist travel in light of the evolving threat to the homeland from al Qaeda, its affiliates and other terrorist organizations.

THURSDAY, July 24 at 10:00 a.m.

Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence

Jihadist Safe Havens: Efforts to Detect and Deter Terrorist Travel

311 Cannon House Office Building

Witnesses Include:

·         Dr. Fred Kagan, Director, Critical Threats Project, American Enterprise Institute

·         Mr. Robin Simcox, Research Fellow, The Henry Jackson Society

·         Dr. Peter Brookes, Senior Fellow, National Security Affairs, Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, The Heritage Foundation

·         Dr. Seth Jones, Director, International Security and Defense Policy Center, The Rand Corporation

Subcommittee Chairman Peter King (R-NY) on the hearing: “Fourteen months ago, this Subcommittee held a hearing on the threat posed to the Homeland from al Qaeda-aligned elements, particularly in Syria. Since that time, the situation has dramatically worsened, as the number of al Qaeda affiliated and jihadist groups has multiplied  to a scope that has engulfed Iraq. Thousands of Westerners, including over 100 Americans, have flocked to the region to join Islamist groups. With stunning speed, the group formerly known as al Qaeda in Iraq has been resurrected as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, and established what it calls a caliphate that spans large portions of Iraq and Syria. It is essential that the White House articulates American interests in the region and elicits greater cooperation from European and foreign partners to identify and track individuals seeking to join extremist groups. This hearing will examine the threat posed to the homeland, as well as additional security measures and policies that should be considered.”

*LIVE video of the hearing will be available here.

 

POSTPONED: THURSDAY, July 24 at 2:00 p.m.

Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency

Threat to the U.S. Homeland: Emerging Nexus between Foreign Actors, Transnational Criminal Organizations, and Terrorist Organizations in Latin America

311 Cannon House Office Building

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Hearing: The Rising Terrorist Threat and the Unfulfilled 9/11 Recommendation

2014/07/23


House Passes Homeland Security Legislation on Transportation Security

2014/07/22

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 4802, H.R. 4803, and H.R. 4812 - bipartisan legislation to bolster security at airports, provide oversight of the Transportation Security Administration’s Office of Inspection, and simplify travel for our veterans.

Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX): “Today, the House passed commonsense, bipartisan legislation to strengthen airport security, save taxpayer dollars through reforms to TSA employee management, and improve the ease of travel for our nation’s veterans. The Gerardo Hernandez Airport Security Act of 2014 builds on important lessons the Committee gleaned from multiple hearings on the tragic shooting at Los Angeles International Airport last November, which took the life of TSA Officer Gerardo Hernandez and wounded three others. The bill supports the airport community’s best practices to better prepare for and respond to active shooter scenarios. The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General has also found that TSA’s misclassification of some employees is wasting taxpayers’ dollars and the TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act ensures employee workload matches position and pay within the Office of Inspection. Lastly, I am proud the House has passed the Honor Flight Act to properly recognize our veterans by providing expedited and dignified screening for these brave men and women traveling to visit war memorials dedicated to their service. I thank Subcommittee Chairman Hudson, Ranking Member Richmond, and Representative Sanford for their leadership on these bills.”

The House passed, by voice vote, H.R. 4802, the Airport Security Enhancement Act of 2014, which was introduced by Subcommittee Chairman Richard Hudson (R-NC). The legislation improves intergovernmental planning for and communication during security incidents at domestic airports.

Subcommittee Chairman Hudson on H.R. 4802: “With threats to our nation’s transportation systems constantly evolving, we must work to ensure the airport community is prepared to respond effectively and efficiently to protect the traveling public. This bill will provide more extensive collaboration and coordination between all transportation security stakeholders and create safer airports across the country. Given the partisan gridlock in Washington, I am proud of the bipartisan support this common-sense legislation received in the House, and I hope it will be swiftly brought to the Senate floor. I will continue to work to ensure our airports and TSA have the tools needed to keep our travelers safe.”

The House also approved, by voice vote, H.R. 4803, the TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act of 2014, which was introduced by Representative Mark Sanford (R-SC). The bill requires TSA to conform to existing Federal law and regulations regarding criminal investigator positions. 

Representative Sanford on H.R. 4803: “I’m encouraged that the House today passed what I think will be a small, but commonsense step in the larger battle toward reining in government spending. Even though there are Federal standards in place that lay out how employees qualify for higher wages, the Transportation Security Administration pays some of their employees more for jobs they’re not doing. That wouldn’t make sense anywhere outside of government and our bill would help fix that problem by clarifying those employees’ responsibilities.”

The House additionally passed, by voice vote, H.R. 4812, the Honor Flight Act, which was introduced by Ranking Member Cedric Richmond (D-LA). The legislation establishes a process for providing expedited and dignified passenger screening services for veterans traveling to visit war memorials built and dedicated to honor their service.

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Membership

Louis Barletta

PENNSYLVANIA's 11th DISTRICT

Susan Brooks

INDIANA's 5th DISTRICT

Paul Broun

GEORGIA's 10th DISTRICT

Jason Chaffetz

UTAH's 3rd DISTRICT

Steve Daines

MONTANA

Jeff Duncan

SOUTH CAROLINA's 3rd DISTRICT

Richard Hudson

NORTH CAROLINA's 8th DISTRICT

Peter King

NEW YORK's 2nd DISTRICT

Tom Marino

PENNSYLVANIA's 10th DISTRICT

Michael McCaul

TEXAS' 10th DISTRICT

Patrick Meehan

PENNSYLVANIA's 7th DISTRICT

Candice Miller

MICHIGAN's 10th DISTRICT

Steven Palazzo

MISSISSIPPI's 4th DISTRICT

Scott Perry

PENNSYLVANIA's 4th DISTRICT

Mike Rogers

ALABAMA's 3rd DISTRICT

Mark Sanford

SOUTH CAROLINA's 1st DISTRICT

Lamar Smith

TEXAS' 21st DISTRICT

Chris Stewart

UTAH's 2nd DISTRICT