Well the shutdown is still looming, but there are three hearings currently scheduled for this week that might be of interest to readers of this blog, if they are held. They will look at freight transportation, a committee business hearing and threats to the homeland.
The only House hearing will be held by a special panel from the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Tuesday. This is part of a continuing series and the public panel includes Mr. F. Edmond Johnston, III, Sustainability Manager, DuPont. This means that at least some chemical issues will be raised.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will be holding a business meeting this evening. There still is not an agenda on their web page, but I understand that the nomination of Ms. Spaulding to be Undersecretary for NPPD at DHS will be addressed.
Threats to Homeland
The same Senate committee will be holding a hearing on Thursday to look at the current status of threats to homeland security. The witness list includes:
• Rand Beers. Acting DHS Secretary;
• Matthew G. Olsen,Director, National Counterterrorism Center; and
• Sean M. Joyce, Deputy Director, FBI