Homeland Security Oversight, Investigations, and Management Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on DHS Ethical Standards

Statement

By:  Pete King
Date: May 16, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

The Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management, chaired by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), will hold a hearing entitled "Department of Homeland Security: An Examination of Ethical Standards" tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. in Room 311 Cannon House Office Building.

Tomorrow's hearing will examine recent incidents of misconduct involving Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees, specifically those within the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In addition, Members will have the opportunity to assess DHS' ethics policies and training.

McCaul said: "Big government wastes taxpayer dollars. A prime example of this is the General Services Administration's Las Vegas conference. Another example is the Secure Border Initiative Network where the Department of Homeland Security spent nearly one billion taxpayer dollars with little return on investment. Equally important is how our Government employees conduct themselves. We have seen a rash of corrupt employees in Customs and Border Protection collaborating with drug smugglers, Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel filing fraudulent travel claims and Transportation Security Administration personnel stealing the personal belongings of passengers. Even though there are stacks of Government manuals, training materials and yearly briefings about ethics, lapses continue. They not only waste taxpayer dollars, they are a threat to the security of our Nation. While the majority of bureaucratic personnel are law abiding, this hearing will examine the ethical policies and procedures of selected components of the Department of Homeland and attempt to understand why these ethical lapses continue, and what is being done to prevent them from happening."