SIA Director of Government Relations Jake Parker to Testify Before Congress

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Parker to discuss collaboration between security industry and the Department of Homeland Security research wing.

Jake Parker

Jake Parker

SIA has been pleased with the relationship, which enables industry stakeholders to keep the Department of Homeland Security updated on the latest innovations in the security industry.

Jake Parker, director of government relations at the Security Industry Association (SIA), will testify before the Committee on Homeland Security's Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications, chaired by Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y., on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. in Room HVC-201 of the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.

Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications will hold the hearing, titled "How Effective Is the Science and Technology Directorate?: Stakeholder Perspectives," to hear the Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate's stakeholders from academia, industry and the first responder community about their perspectives on the benefits and challenges of working with the directorate at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

"The Security Industry Association maintains a memorandum of understanding with the Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate to foster collaboration and information-sharing between the private sector and public sector researchers," Parker said. "SIA has been pleased with the relationship, which enables industry stakeholders to keep DHS S&T updated on the latest innovations in the security industry. We welcome the opportunity to have a conversation with Congress about the future of that relationship and how both sides can get more out of it."

Jake Parker is available for interviews on SIA collaboration with the DHS S&T Directorate before and after the hearing. His full testimony will be made available on Nov. 7. Please contact Mickey McCarter, SIA communications manager, at mmccarter@securityindustry.org or 301-804-4704 to request an interview.

The hearing is open to members of the press and the public. Those who cannot attend in person are welcome to watch the hearing live online at http://homeland.house.gov/live-video-feed.

About the Security Industry Association

The Security Industry Association (SIA) (http://www.securityindustry.org) is the leading trade association for global security solution providers, with nearly 800 innovative member companies representing thousands of security leaders and experts who shape the future of the security industry. SIA protects and advances its members' interests by advocating pro-industry policies and legislation at the federal and state levels; creating open industry standards that enable integration; advancing industry professionalism through education and training; opening global market opportunities; and collaboration with other like-minded organizations. As a proud sponsor of ISC Events expos and conferences, SIA ensures its members have access to top-level buyers and influencers, as well as unparalleled learning and network opportunities. SIA also enhances the position of its members in the security marketplace through SIA Government Summit, which brings together private industry with government decision makers, and Securing New Ground®, the security industry's top executive conference for peer-to-peer networking.

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