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Business as Usual? Assessing How DHS Can Resume Operations Safely, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Oversight, Management, and Accountability of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, Second Session, June 16, 2020   [open pdf - 300KB]

This is the June 16, 2020 hearing "Business as Usual? Assessing How DHS Can Resume Operations Safely" held before the House Subcommittee on Oversight, Management, and Accountability of the Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Xochitl Torres Small: "I want to acknowledge that many of DHS's employees never stopped working during the pandemic. They faced unprecedented challenges, and I thank them for continuing to carry out their important missions during these challenging times. That said, the pandemic has required the Department to significantly adjust its operations in ways it never had to before. Employees that could work remotely shifted to telework, procedures for those that couldn't were altered or suspended altogether. [...] As DHS resumes these operations, it is important that the Department have plans in place to adequately protect the work force's health and safety, such as regularly cleaning facilities, adjusting work spaces to align with social distancing guidelines, and providing personal protective equipment. Since infection rates have begun to rise in some areas of the country, comprehensive testing, especially for front-line operators, and contract tracing is also necessary to minimizing exposure." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Anthony M. Reardon, Everett B. Kelley, and Brandon Judd.

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Serial No. 116-70
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2021
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