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March 31, 2006

HLS in DC, April 3-7, 2006

Filed under: Events — by Christian Beckner on March 31, 2006

Below is a list of homeland security policy events in the DC area next week. I post a list each week and will sometimes update mid-week when I find new items. You can always find current and previous postings under the “Events” category tab at right. And please note that many events require prior invitations and/or RSVPs.

4/3: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace event with Rep. Jim Kolbe on “Dubai Ports World: Where National Security and International Trade and Investment Collide.” 1779 Mass Ave, NW, 9:30am.
4/3: Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing on immigration. Dirksen 226, 9:30am.
4/3: Forum on international trade and cargo security with Sen. Max Baucus et al. Hart 512, 10am.
4/4-4/6: Navy League Sea/Air/Space Exposition. Features panel session on 4/5 on maritime domain awareness. Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.
4/4: House Homeland Security Committee hearing on the Security and Accountability For Every (SAFE) Port Act. Cannon 311, 10am.
4/4: Senate Banking Committee hearing on “A Current Assessment of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Threats and Countermeasures.” Dirksen 538, 10am.
4/4: Senate Commerce Committee hearing on aviation security with TSA Administrator Kip Hawley. Dirksen 562, 10am.
4/4: House Government Reform Committee hearing on “Travel vs. Terrorism: Federal Workforce Issues in Managing Airport Security.” Rayburn 2203, 2pm.
4/4: House Government Reform Committee hearing on “Nuclear Security: Has the NRC Strengthened Facility Standards Since 9/11?” Rayburn 2247, 2pm.
4/5-4/6: ATTC conference entitled “Expert Panel on the Development of Standards for Biodefense.” Hay-Adams Hotel.
4/5: US Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Canada Business Dialogue features a panel discussion of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. 1615 H St NW, 8:15am.
4/5: Senate HSGAC hearing on “The Future of Port Security: The GreenLane Maritime Cargo Security Act.” Dirksen 342, 10am.
4/5: Senate Finance Committee hearing on the nomination of Ralph Basham to head Customs and Border Protection. Dirksen 215, 10am.
4/6: House Homeland Security Committee hearing on “Protection of Privacy in the DHS Intelligence Enterprise.” Cannon 311, 9am.
4/6: House Government Reform Committee hearing on “Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth: A Post-Katrina Review of International Disaster Assistance.” Rayburn 2154, 10am.
4/6: House International Relations Committee hearing on “Checking Terrorism at the Border.” Rayburn 2172, 10am.
4/6: Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the U.S. Coast Guard with Vice Adm. Thad Allen. Dirksen 192, 10:30am.
4/6: Congressional Fire Service Institute event on DHS preparedness efforts with DHS Asst. Secretary for Grants & Training Tracy Henke. Russell 325, 10:30am.
4/6: House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on “Project Bioshield Reauthorization Issues.” Rayburn 2123, 1pm.
4/6: House Appropriations Committee hearing on the FY 2007 budget request for CBP, ICE and the Secure Border Initiative. Rayburn 2359, 2pm.
4/6: Senate Appropriations hearing on the FY 2007 budget request for DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration. Dirksen 192, 2pm.
4/7: Center for American Progress book event on “Before the Next Attack: Preserving Civil Liberties in an Age of Terrorism” with Yale professor Bruce Ackerman. 1333 H St, NW, 9am.
4/7: House Government Reform Committee hearing on “One Flight a Week? Is General Aviation Really Back at Reagan National?” Rayburn 2154, 10am.
4/7: National Volunteer Fire Council conference with remarks by Sec. Chertoff. Arlington Sheraton, 1:45pm.

(Please e-mail me if you have suggestions about additions to this list for this week, or future weeks).

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Comment by William R. Cumming

April 2, 2006 @ 12:48 am

I personally attended the so-called Fire Caucaus Annual dinner the last two years. Both times I head Administration officials make announcements that were repudiated in the next 72 hours, once time in testimony before Congress. I genuinely feel sorry for the brave men and women in the Fire Service who have their one or two days in DC every year and the other 364 or 365 are undercut by their leadership and other lobbyists. The Fire Service both volunteer and professional is the heart of the first responder community and should be the leaders not followers. I hope this year they and their leadership “Get It!” It being a fully integrated role in the national preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery mechanisms. We don’t need more dead heroes but we do need their courage to point out the current screwed up mess. The new Preparedness Directorate in FEMA is led by a non-Fire Service person even though it contains an administratively not statutorily resurrected USFA. While FEMA is led on an acting basis by a former Fire Chief. As in Michener’s story the “Bridges of Toko-Ri” where do we get such men, only I mean now. Who will really stand up for the Fire Service and tell their membership they should be the unquestioned leaders, and the protection of people and property does not mean that “Catch the Perp (Terrorist) is always the first priority. Security and law enforcement are very important but only after immediate life-saving and reduction in physical damages. The criminal justice system is never perfect and won’t be made better by pretending that lives should be sacrificed or physical damage to property allowed to occur while the criminal justice system grinds through its processes. Sorry to vent but the current DHS law enforcement mentality with its 65,000 gun and badge personnel is destroying a culture of collaboration and cooperation to protect the nation. New York City and its mayor doesn’t get it and just because they don’t doesn’t mean the rest of us can’t get it.


Comment by Howell Davis

April 3, 2006 @ 6:33 pm

Hi Friends,
Since 9-11 I have prodded and cajoled Law Enforcement and First Responders that our U.S. citizens should be in partnership on a pro-active, rather than re-active basis. Katrina showed us the weak and inadept surge response time. They [citizens] are merely deer in the headlights at best, mushrooms at the worse.
It [my teaching] falls on dead ears at America’s life peril!
I have taken the liberty of including HSW on our forum.
Howie Davis
State of Michigan Co-ordinator

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