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A Look Ahead: House Committee on Homeland Security


Location: Washington, DC

Chairman Rogers on the hearing:

"The budget for TSA's surface inspection program has quadrupled in the last several years. Meanwhile, some stakeholders have expressed concern about the value of the program and questioned whether it provides a tangible security benefit. Given the reality that terrorists see surface transportation as a very attractive target, we owe it to taxpayers to take a close look at TSA's inspectors program and determine whether this is a good use of limited resources, or if this funding would be better spent on other surface initiatives designed to prevent an attack. We can't screen everyone and everything that gets on a train, truck, or bus. So, intelligence sharing, deterrence, and detection measures are extremely important. This hearing will be an opportunity to hear from stakeholders about how TSA can do a better job of allocating its surface resources."

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