Saturday, March 12, 2011

Congressional Hearings Week of 03-14-11

The upcoming week will be a busy one for Congressional hearings, but it currently looks like there will only be three of potential interest to the chemical security community, including an FY 2011 appropriations hearing, an FY 2012 budget hearing and a cybersecurity meeting. I'll look at the last first.


The Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies from the House Homeland Security Committee will be holding a hearing “Examining the Cyber Threat to Critical Infrastructure and the American Economy” on Wednesday, March 16th. There is no witness list posted yet so we don’t know if this will concentrate on IT or ICS security issues, but this is a committee that many people expect to specifically address ICS security issues during this session.

Budget Hearings

The Homeland Security Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee is continuing their series of hearings looking at the Administrations FY2012 budget request for components of DHS. On Tuesday they will be looking at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) with Administrator Pistole appearing. The major focus will be air security measures, but freight rail security and truck freight security issues will come up briefly.

The House Rules Committee will look at the next short-term continuing resolution, HJ Res 48, on Monday afternoon. I’ll look at that CR in more detail in a separate blog posting.

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