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Congressman Tom Marino

Representing the 10th District of Pennsylvania

Homeland Security Subcommittee Hearing

Friday, July 15, 2011 - 2:00pm

WHAT: Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management Hearing

SUBJECT: Homeland Security Contracting: Does the Department Effectively Leverage Emerging Technologies?

WHEN: 10 a.m. July 15

WHERE: 311 Cannon House Office Building

WITNESSES: Charles K. Edwards, Acting Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security; Rafael Borras, Under Secretary for Management and Chief Acquisition Officer, Department of Homeland Security; Henry Gonzalez, Director, Acquisition Support & Operations Analysis, Science & Technology Directorate, Department of Homeland Security; Marc Pearl, President & CEO, Homeland Security & Defense Business Council; Jim Williams, Vice Chair, Homeland Security Committee, TechAmerica;

CHAIRMAN Michael T. McCaul: "As an oversight committee, our job is to help reduce the cost of government. When it comes to protecting our homeland, whether it's securing our borders or screening for explosives at our airports, this hearing will examine if the Department of Homeland Security leverages existing technologies to accomplish its mission or needlessly spends millions of taxpayers dollars reinventing the wheel. The Department has already spent millions of dollars developing new technologies only to find there are adequate off-the-shelf technologies that could accomplish the same objectives. We must streamline the DHS contracting process, find technologies that work and reduce burdens on the taxpayer."