Has the Department of Homeland Security made improvements?

Alabama Homeland Security Director Jim Walker will discuss the state's homeland security efforts before a congressional committee on Wednesday, June 20.

Walker was invited to appear before the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Management, Investigations and Oversight.

Rep. Mike Rogers is the ranking Republican member of the subcommittee.

The hearing is titled "You Don't Know What You Don't Know: Has the Department of Homeland Security improved its ability to maintain situational awareness since Hurricane Katrina?"

Others appearing before the subcommittee on Wednesday include the following:

Col. Terry J. Ebbert, Director of the Office of Homeland Security and Public Safety for New Orleans; Eileen Larence, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues for the Government Accountability Office; and Frank DiFalco, Director of the National Operations Center for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Governor Bob Riley said, "Director Walker's testimony will describe the homeland security improvements we are making in Alabama. He will also make committee members aware of ways they can help Alabama further advance its homeland security efforts."

The subcommittee hearing will take place tomorrow in Washington, D.C.