Monday, February 7, 2011

House Homeland Security Committee Hearings

The House Homeland Security Committee will start holding hearings in earnest this week, with three separate hearings scheduled that might be of interest to the chemical security community. They will address: counter-terrorism intelligence, transportation security and chemical facility security.


The only hearing with any real details available currently is the planned full committee hearing to address “Understanding the Homeland Threat Landscape - Considerations for the 112th Congress”. There are two announced witnesses; Sec. Napolitano and Director Leiter, National Counterterrorism Center.

This hearing should provide a good, unclassified overview of the current intelligence landscape. More importantly it should give us the best indication of the relationship between the Department and the new Homeland Security Committee.

The hearing will be held at 10:00 a.m. EST on Wednesday.

Transportation Security

The Subcommittee on Transportation Security will conduct a hearing on “Terrorism and Transportation Security” on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. EST. No witnesses have yet been announced.

Chemical Facility Security

The Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies will conduct a hearing on “Preventing Chemical Terrorism: Building a Foundation of Security At Our Nation’s Chemical Facilities” on Friday at 10:00 a.m. EST. No witnesses have yet been announced.

Since we have not yet seen a chemical security bill introduced, this is probably not going to be a look forward to the permanent authorization of CFATS. I would suspect that ISCD will be accounting for the current state of the CFATS implementation. Since this subcommittee also looks at cyber security issues, it will be interesting to see if there is any mention of control system security issues, like maybe Stuxnet?

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