Congressman Mike Rogers (AL-03), Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security, said he will ask an outside panel of experts for innovative ways to help secure our nation's transportation infrastructure and what TSA can be doing better.
"We know TSA has an image problem that is compounded by its multiple high profile mess ups. The American people are rightly outraged at its intrusive bloated bureaucracy. TSA must become a leaner and smarter organization -- from downsizing employees to continuing implementation of risk-based security.
"I plan to use this hearing to get additional outside analysis and expertise about how to better protect aviation and surface systems, streamline the security process and reform TSA to become the intelligence-driven, professional entity its mission requires that will earn the trust of the traveling public," Rogers said.
On July 10th at 12:30 p.m. in 311 Cannon HOB, Rogers will hold a hearing, entitled "Challenging the Status Quo at TSA: Perspectives on the Future of Transportation Security." The subcommittee will hear testimony from Dr. Richard Bloom, Associate Vice President for Academics and Director for Terrorism, Espionage and Security Studies, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Mr. Robert Poole, Searle Freedom Trust Transportation Fellow and Director of Transportation Policy, Reason Foundation, Mr. Rick "Ozzie" Nelson, Senior Fellow and Director, Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies and Mr. Tom Blank, Executive Vice President, Gephardt Government Affairs, Gephardt Group.