Lieberman increases focus on Homeland Security with new subcommittees

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) yesterday named subcommittee heads and the formation of two new subcommittees that reflect expanded jurisdiction and focus on homeland security issues.

The two new subcommittees are:
  • Disaster Recovery, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), chairman, with the ranking Republican member to be designated at a later date, to consider issues related to the government's work helping communities to recover from disasters in general and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in particular; and
  • State, Local, and Private Sector Preparedness and Integration, Sen. Mark Pryor, (D-Ark.), chairman, with Sen. John Sununu (R-N.H.), the ranking Republican, to oversee Homeland Security Department efforts on state and local fusion centers and law enforcement grants and integration of private-sector efforts to prepare for and respond to emergencies.
Jurisdictions for three existing subcommittees remain virtually the same, with the added responsibility for postal issues within the Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management.

The existing subcommittees are:
  • Investigations, Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman; Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.), ranking Republican, including oversight over the efficiency and economy of operations of all branches of government and the adherence to rules by those doing business with the government;
  • Government Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of Columbia, Sen. Daniel Akaka, (D-Hawaii), chairman; Sen. George Voinovich, (R-Ohio), ranking Republican member, including oversight over the effectiveness of national security staffing and the management of all agencies and their programs; and
  • Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security, Sen. Thomas Carper, (D-Del.), chairman; Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), ranking Republican member, including oversight over federal financial management, federal IT management and the Census.
Mary Mosquera is a staff writer for Washington Technology's affiliate publication, Government Computer News.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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