Joint Full Committee Hearing
Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia & Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery and Intergovernmental Affairs

JOINT HEARING: From Earthquakes to Terrorist Attacks: Is the National Capital Region Prepared for the Next Disaster?

Date: December 7, 2011
Time: 2:30pm
Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, SD-342

Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid or service should contact Aaron Woolf, Subcommittee Chief Clerk, no later than 3 business days before the hearings. This will allow the office a reasonable amount of time before the event to make any necessary arrangements.

The Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of Columbia held a joint hearing with the Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery and Intergovernmental Affairs. The purpose of the hearing was to examine the National Capital Region’s emergency preparedness and response. The National Capital Region presents unique challenges to emergency management because of the large Federal presence and the involvement of numerous jurisdictions. This hearing addressed strategic planning in the National Capital Region, opportunities to reduce duplication of efforts, decision-making authority in a crisis, and communication capabilities.

Member Statements


Mark L.


(Democrat -


Panel 1

Steward D.


Director, Office of National Capital Region Coordination Federal Emergency Management Agency

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Panel 1

Dean S.


Deputy Director, Facilities, Security, and Contracting

U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Panel 1



Director, Homeland Security and Justice Team

U.S. Government Accountability Office

Panel 1



Director, Maryland Emergency Management Agency

State of Maryland

Panel 1



Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security

The Commonwealth of Virginia

Panel 1



Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice

District of Columbia