The Washington Post

Hed here


There’s no summer vacation for Department of Homeland Security officials, who are again being called to Capitol Hill this week for hearings in the Senate and the House.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold two hearings, on Wednesday and Thursday, on the future of DHS.

The sessions are called “The Future of Homeland Security: Evolving and Emerging Threats,” and “The Future of Homeland Security: The Evolution of DHS Roles and Missions.

“Ten years ago, the Department of Homeland Security was established in the wake of the worst attack on our homeland in living memory. Over the course of the decade, DHS has made great strides to protect Americans where we live and work,” said committee Chairman Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.). “As a relatively new agency, however, there is plenty of room for improvement. We hope this series of hearings will help define future missions and goals for DHS as it prevents, prepares for and responds to all types of threats — natural or man-made.”

In the House, which has had numerous DHS hearings, Homeland Security subcommittees will hold three sessions on the department or its Transportation Security Agency (TSA).

On Tuesday morning, the subcommittee on border and maritime security will examine “How Can DHS Better Leverage State and Local Partnerships?”

On Tuesday afternoon, the subcommittee on transportation security will hold a hearing on “Challenging the Status Quo at TSA: Perspectives on the Future of Transportation Security.”

On Wednesday afternoon, the same panel will meet to explore the question: “Has TSA Met the Deadline to Provide Expedited Screening to Military Service Members?”

Previous columns by Joe Davidson are available at Follow the Federal Diary on Twitter: @JoeDavidsonWP

Joe Davidson writes the Federal Diary, a column about federal government and workplace issues that celebrated its 80th birthday in November 2012. Davidson previously was an assistant city editor at The Washington Post and a Washington and foreign correspondent with The Wall Street Journal, where he covered federal agencies and political campaigns.


Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read


Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Video curated for you.