On Tuesday, May 21, Congressman Jeff Duncan, Chairman of the Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee, was scheduled to hold a hearing on the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to communicate with the American people. On Friday, May 17, the Subcommittee was told the Department would not participate because the appropriate witness “is not available.” According to a letter from DHS, the Department will provide a witness in June to answer the full breadth of the Subcommittee’s questions.
Chairman Duncan on the hearing:
“I am highly frustrated with DHS’s inability to participate in this hearing originally scheduled for today. The American people have important questions that demand answers from DHS. Unfortunately, the Department has yet again chosen silence over transparency. This instance is another example of how the President has not lived up to his promise of the most open and transparent Administration in history. I look forward to holding this important hearing in June to discuss the Department’s strategy for communicating on issues of importance and concern to the general public and key stakeholders. Improving communication will help DHS’s credibility and build trust with the American people, which are crucial aspects to the Department’s ability to implement policy, respond to natural disasters, and protect the homeland.”