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Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee Testimony

February 14, 2017

Testimony – FEMA Recommendations

Testimony by Captain Chris Kelenske, Deputy State Director/Commander of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division of the Michigan State Police, on behalf of NGA and the Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council, before the House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, on providing recommendations to the future FEMA Administrator.


June 21, 2016

Testimony – FirstNet

Testimony by Jeff McLeod, Director of the NGA Center for Best Practices Homeland Security and Public Safety Division, before the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet on the implementation of a nationwide public safety broadband network.


September 17, 2015

Testimony – National Commission on the Future of the Army

Testimony by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton before the National Commission on the Future of the Army on the importance of the Army National Guard to states and the nation.


September 10, 2015

Testimony – Occupational Licenses and Credentials for Veterans

Testimony by NGA Deputy Director for Policy David Quam before the United States House of Representatives Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity for a hearing titled “A Review of Licensing and Credentialing Standards for Servicemembers and Veterans: Do Barriers Still Remain?”


April 29, 2014

Testimony - National Preparedness Grant Program

The House Homeland Security Subcommittee held a hearing on the Administration’s proposal to reform federal preparedness grant programs. Kris Eide, Minnesota Homeland Security Advisor, testified on behalf of the Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council and the National Emergency Management Association.


October 30, 2013

Hearing Statement – Cybersecurity and Emergency Management

Hearing statement submitted by the National Governors Association to the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications and the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies for a hearing about examining the gaps between cybersecurity and emergency management at the state and local level.


September 19, 2013

Testimony – A State Perspective on Assessing National Preparedness for Disasters

The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications held a hearing on assessing the nation’s state of preparedness from a federal, state and local perspective. Mark Ghilarducci, Director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, testified on behalf of NGA and the NGA Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council.


June 25, 2013

Testimony – Homeland Security Grants

Testimony by John Madden, Director, Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management; President, National Emergency Management Association; and Member, Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council on behalf of the Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council and the National Emergency Management Association before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia for a hearing titled “Are We Prepared? Measuring the Impact of Preparedness Grants since September 11.”


June 12, 2013

Hearing Statement – Veterans’ Benefit Legislation

Hearing statement submitted by the National Governors Association to the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs for a hearing on pending veterans’ benefits legislation.


July 12, 2012

Testimony - FY 2013 Budget Air Force Structure Reductions

Testimony by Council of Governors Co-Chair, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, before the House Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness for a hearing titled "Department of the Air Force aircraft force structure reductions proposed in the 2013 President's budget request."