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May 13, 2008

Homeland Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Holds Hearing on Resiliency this Week

Filed under: Congress and HLS,Infrastructure Protection — by Jonah Czerwinski on May 13, 2008

The Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee convenes its resilience hearing this Wednesday, the 14th. I’ll testify with DHS Assistant Secretary Bob Stephan, Bill Raisch of the International Center for Enterprise Preparedness at NYU, and the Director of the New Orleans Health Department.

The 14th is part of a month of hearings the Homeland Security Committee is dedicating to resilience. Wednesday’s hearing is intended to educate the members on what resiliency really means, what the private sector is doing to achieve resilience, and how DHS can work with the private sector within a framework to promote resilience.

The hearing begins at 2PM in the Homeland Security Committee’s room (311 Cannon House Office Building). Consider attending if you are in WDC. It’ll also stream at the Subcommittee website after the hearing concludes.

Among other things, I intend to describe ways in which the Global Movement Management framework applies to the goal of resiliency and will upload the oral statement later on Wednesday. In the meantime, please feel free to send in your thoughts on the issues in which the Subcommittee is interested for this hearing.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

May 12, 2008 @ 8:32 am

Should consideration be given to resiliency in adminstering the US patent laws and regulations of critical infrastructure? If such considerations require further study and have a cost who should pay for that? Should there be a Manhattan Project type of approach to CIP (Critical Infrastructure Protection) and note that so far there is not real focus of resiliency upgrades on entire systems! Energy of course is just one arena, but without the production of electricity many other systems fail. Should the electric power distribution system subsidize stand-by generators for organizations providing critical community response to unplanned events? Special populations–nursing homes and schools? Good luck with your testimony!

Comment by Brandon

May 14, 2008 @ 2:26 pm

I read Robert W. Kelly’s post on resilience, (paraphrasing: responding, and continuing on operationally after catastrophic events) and the first thing that came to mind was Hilary. Too bad she’d have us neglect our infrastructure in favor of cheap summer thrills. I await your update on this and will need many superficial, largely irrelevant details.

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