Monday, July 9, 2012

Homeland Security Department under congressional scrutiny

There’s no summer vacation for Department of Homeland Security officials, who are again being called to Capitol Hill this week for hearings in the Senate and the House.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold two hearings, on Wednesday and Thursday, on the future of DHS.
“Ten years ago, the Department of Homeland Security was established in the wake of the worst attack on our homeland in living memory. Over the course of the decade, DHS has made great strides to protect Americans where we live and work,” said committee Chairman Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.). “As a relatively new agency, however, there is plenty of room for improvement. We hope this series of hearings will help define future missions and goals for DHS as it prevents, prepares for and responds to all types of threats — natural or man-made.”
In the House, which has had numerous DHS hearings, Homeland Security subcommittees will hold three sessions on the department or its Transportation Security Agency (TSA).
On Tuesday morning, the subcommittee on border and maritime security will examine “How Can DHS Better Leverage State and Local Partnerships?”
On Tuesday afternoon, the subcommittee on transportation security will hold a hearing on “Challenging the Status Quo at TSA: Perspectives on the Future of Transportation Security.”
On Wednesday afternoon, the same panel will meet to explore the question: “Has TSA Met the Deadline to Provide Expedited Screening to Military Service Members?”
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