House Committee on Homeland Security

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House Committee on Homeland Security
Members, 110th Congress
Democrats: Republicans:

The United States House Committee on Homeland Security, is a standing committee of the United States House of Representatives, responsible for reviewing all Government activities related to homeland security, including oversight of (and agency interaction with) the Department of Homeland Security. Its counterpart is the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs.


Contents

Jurisdiction

from U.S. House of Representatives Rule X(i):

The House Committee on Homeland Security has jurisdiction over the following:

1. Overall homeland security policy.

2. Organization and administration of the Department of Homeland Security.

3. Functions of the Department of Homeland Security relating to:

  • Border and port security (except immigration policy and non-border enforcement);
  • Customs (except customs revenue);
  • Integration, analysis, and dissemination of homeland security information;
  • Domestic preparedness for and collective response to terrorism;
  • Research and development;
  • Transportation security.


General Committee Information

(taken from the Committee website FAQ)

This Committee was first established in 2002 and became a permanent (standing) committee in January 2005.


According to the website, webcasts of the Committee hearings/markups should be operational starting Fall 2006. The last Committee hearing was September 28, 2006 (no webcast) and there were no hearings or markups in October 2006.

The Committee's Legislative Calendar (pdf) is here. (updated as of 10/03/06)


Subcommittees

110th Congress:

House Subcommittee on Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism

House Subcommittee on Emergency Communications, Preparedness, and Response

House Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology

House Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment

House Subcommittee on Management, Investigations, and Oversight

House Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection


109th Congress:

House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Science, and Technology

House Subcommittee on Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Cybersecurity

House Subcommittee on Investigations

House Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment

House Subcommittee on Management, Integration and Oversight

House Subcommittee on Prevention Of Nuclear and Biological Attack

Hearings

For all non-full committee hearings, refer to the individual subcommittee sites for further information.

110th Congress - 1st Session

Full Committee
Turning Spy Satellites on the Homeland: The Privacy & Civil Liberties Implications of the National Applications Office, September 6, 2007
Securing LNG Tankers to Protect the Homeland , March 21, 2007
Organizational and Policy Proposals for the FY 2008 Department of Homeland Security Authorization: Positioning US-VISIT for Success and Establishing a Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Process, March 20, 2007
Disaster Declarations: Where is FEMA in a Time of Need?, March 15, 2007
Rail and Public Transportation Security Act of 2007, March 6, 2007 : Witnesses include:
Panel I:
Kip Hawley, Administrator, Transportation Security Agency
Terry Rosapep, Deputy Associate Administrator for Program Management, Department of Transportation
Richard Fairfax, Director of Enforcement Programs at OSHA, Department of Labor
Richard Falkenrath, Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism, New York City Police Department
Panel II
Ed Rodzwicz, President, Teamsters Rail Conference
Bill Millar, President, American Public Transportation Association
Edward Hamberger, President, American Association of Railroads
Fred Weiderhold, Inspector General, Amtrak
David Shuman, private citizen
Lessons Learned and Grading Goals: The Department of Homeland Security of 2007, February 15, 2007 : Witness: Michael Jackson, Deputy Secretary, Department of Homeland Security
An Examination of the President's FY 2008 Budget Request for the Department of Homeland Security : Witness: Michael Chertoff, Secretary, Department of Homeland Security
An Overview of Issues and Challenges Facing the Department of Homeland Security, February 7, 2007 : Witnesses: David Walker, Comptroller General of the U.S. and Richard Skinner, Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security


House Subcommittee on Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism
  • Crossing the Border: Immigrants in Detention and Victims of Trafficking, Part II, March 21, 2007
  • Crossing the Border: Immigrants in Detention and Victims of Trafficking, March 15, 2007
  • Border Security: Infrastructure, Technology, and the Human Element, Part II, March 8, 2007
  • Border Security: Infrastructure, Technology, and the Human Element, February 13, 2007


House Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment
  • Over-classification and Pseudo-classification: The Impact on Information Sharing, March 22, 2007
  • The Department of Homeland Security State and Local Fusion Center Program: Advancing Information Sharing While Safeguarding Civil Liberties, March 14, 2007


House Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection
  • 'Impact of Background an Security Clearances on the Transportation Workforce, February 16, 2007
  • Rail and Mass Transit Security: Industry and Labor Perpsectives, February 13, 2007


House Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology
  • Countering the Nuclear Threat to the Homeland: Evaluating the Deployment of Radiation Detection Technologies, March 21, 2007
  • Countering the Nuclear Threat to the Homeland: Evaluating the Procurement of Radiation Detection Technologies, March 14, 2007
  • Understanding the Budget and Strategic Agenda of the Science and Technology Directorate, February 14, 2007


House Subcommittee on Emergency Communications, Preparedness, and Response
  • Public Safety Interoperable Communications Grants: Are the Departments of Homeland Security and Commerce Effectively Coordinating to Meet our Nation's Emergeny Communications Needs?, March 14, 2007
  • Reforming FEMA: Are We Making Progress? (Joint hearing with Subcommittee on MIO), February 28, 2007


House Subcommittee on Management, Investigations, and Oversight
  • Reforming FEMA: Are We Making Progress? (Joint hearing with Subcommittee on ECPR), February 28, 2007


House Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection
  • Foreign Ownership: Discussion of Challenges Posed by Foreign Ownership to Using Critical Infrastructure, March 23, 2007
  • Update on the Federal Rail and Public Transportation Security Efforts, February 6, 2007


109th Congress - 2nd Session

November 15, 2006 (House Subcommittee on Management, Integration and Oversight):

The Secure Border Initiative: Ensuring Effective Implementation and Financial Accountability of SBInet

  • This is the fourth in a series of hearings examining the Department of Homeland Security's illegal entry surveillance and detection systems installed along U.S. borders, a multi-billion, multi-year program.


Earlier 109th Congress Committee Hearings

Committee on Homeland Security Committee Hearing Transcripts via GPO

Markups

  • Full Committee: H.R. 1401 Rail and Public Transportation Security Act of 2007
a measure to improve the security of railroads, public transportation, and over-the-road buses in the United States, and for other purposes


Legislation

110th Congress

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide for a privacy official within each component of the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes (introduced January 29, 2008)
  • H.R. 2761, To extend the Terrorism Insurance Program of the Department of the Treasury, and for other purposes (introduced 6/18/07)
also known as Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 and Pub. L. No. 110-160 December 26, 2007
  • H.R. 1, Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007
Pub. L. No. 110-53 August 3, 2007
  • February 20, 2007: Respective Chairs and Ranking Members of both the Full Committee and the House Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology introduced H.R. 1089, the Project BioShield Material Threats Act of 2007. The BioShield Program was created to develop and procure medical countermeasures against dangerous chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) agents. This legislation is designed to facilitate a more rapid completion of material threat assessments.


  • February 9, 2007: Chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Henry Cueller (D-TX) and Christopher Carney (D-PA) introduced the Intelligence Community Audit Act of 2007, which would reaffirm the authority of the Comptroller General of the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct audits and evaluate the intelligence community for Congress. The audits and evaluations would include financial transactions, programs, and information sharing. The bill also provides security procedures for the GAO to perform oversight of sensitive information.


  • February 8, 2007: Chair and Ranking Member introduced Promoting Anti-terrorism Cooperation through Technology and Science (PACTS) Act, allowing greater international coordination in sharing scientific information and in the development of homeland security technologies.


Issues

110th Congress


  • [Department of Homeland Security] To-Do List for Secretary Chertoff available [2]

News, & Current Events

110th Congress

  • February 5, 2008: Budget Shortfalls in President Bush's FY 2009 Budget: Failing to Provide Much Needed Funding for Critical Homeland Security Priorities report here


  • February 19, 2007: An attack on rail transportation in India serves as a grim reminder of the deficiencies in the U.S. public transportation system. Committee alerts public to look for upcoming legislation in March.
  • February 16, 2007: Chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS) puts State Farm | on notice after the company's announcement it will no longer write insurance policies in Mississippi. The Committee had already planned to investigate State Farm's and other insurance companies' actions surrounding Katrina claims and the Federal Flood Insurance Program.

109th Congress

  • December 6, 2006: Ranking Member Rep. Bennie Thompson issued this statement criticizing President Bush's Executive Order: Strengthening Surface Transportation Security, available here, by calling the order "yet another smokescreen" and insufficient to address "security gaps" in surface transportation.


  • November 15, 2006: The U.N.'s International Labor Office ruled that the 56,000 baggage screeners in the Transportation Security Administration have the right to bargain collectively. This unenforceable opinion came in response to a complaint filed by the American Federation of Government Employees, the largest federal employee union that already represents TSA's screeners. Current House Committee on Homeland Security Chair (King)'s response: "United Nations is out of line."

External Links

Committee on Homeland Security

Committee on Homeland Security's Republican (Minority) Office website


General Information

Department of Homeland Security

Office of the Inspector General, DHS

Office of Grants and Training, DHS

U.S. Coast Guard

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

FEMA

Transportation Security Administration


U.S. General Accountability Office

U.S. Department of Justice


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Legislation Tracking Sites

THOMAS (Library of Congress)

Congressional Materials Online via GPO Access

Govtrack.Us, Independent Legislation Tracking Site

Congressional Intelligence Documents

GovTrack Links
Committee Page
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