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Hearing Hearing Date: July 27, 2017 2:00 pm 2154 Rayburn HOB

Combating Homegrown Terrorism

Combating Homegrown Terrorism
July 27, 2017
2:00 pm
2154 Rayburn HOB


  • To examine the U.S. government’s policy for countering violent extremism within domestic communities.
  • To discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Counter Violent Extremism (CVE) grant program.
  • To identify the scope of the homegrown terrorism problem.  


  • In 2011, the Obama Administration introduced a plan for community engagement and programming to counter violent extremism. In 2015, they began three pilot programs as part of their larger Counter Violent Extremism (CVE) strategy. 
  • Last month, DHS announced a policy review of the CVE program and eliminated 11, while adding 6, organizations that the Obama Administration previously designated for grant funding.
  • In December of 2016, National Security Chairman Ron DeSantis traveled to Minneapolis, Minnesota to meet with federal law enforcement and community leaders to discuss countering violent extremism efforts in the region. 
Witnesses and testimonies: Mr. Kerry Sleeper

Assistant Director, Office of Partner Engagement
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Mr. George Selim

Director of Countering Violent Extremism
Department of Homeland Security

Ms. Raheel Raza

Muslims Facing Tomorrow

Mr. Adnan Kifayat

Director, Global Security Ventures
Gen Next Foundation

Mr. Seamus Hughes

Deputy Director of Program on Extremism
George Washington University

Related Documents
Name Document
Mr. DeSantis Opening Statement Document