Monday, January 22, 2018

Committee Hearings – Week of 01-21-18

This week, with the House finally getting back home for their ‘District Work’ week after ‘restarting’ the government, we have a rather short list of Senate hearings this week. Only one of those hearings may be of specific interest to readers of this blog; surface transportation security.

On Tuesday, the Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security Subcommittee of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on “Surface Transportation Security: Addressing Current and Emerging Threats”. The witness list is short:

• David Pekoske, Administrator, Transportation Security Administration; and
• John Kelly, Acting Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security

While there are a great many topics that could be discussed at such a hearing, I expect that what ever short comings the IG report has identified in the much-overlooked Surface Transportation Security wing of the TSA will be the main focus of the hearing. I was hoping that a copy of that report would have been available today, but with the short Federal Financial Fiasco 2018…… (that will be the oft stated excuse for a week or two).

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