Third District U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan confirmed Tuesday he is set to be the chairman of an influential subcommittee of the Committee on Homeland Security.
Duncan, a Republican who just began his second term as a congressman, will be the chairman of the subcommittee on oversight, investigations and management, which is a subcommittee of the Committee on Homeland Security.
During a Tuesday interview, Duncan said he recently was asked by U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul to chair the subcommittee. McCaul was the chairman of the subcommittee on oversight, investigations and management last year and has now become the chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security.
"(McCaul) was the chairman of the oversight subcommittee, of which I was a member, in the last Congress," Duncan said. "He saw my work ethic and participation and interest. So, when he started selecting subcommittee chairmen he asked me if I would be willing to head the subcommittee on oversight. ... I thought it was a good move for me, and I gladly accepted it."
The subcommittee on oversight, investigations and management has broad jurisdiction in regard to the oversight of the many agencies that fall under the umbrella of the Department of Homeland Security. Some of those agencies include Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Secret Service, various counter-terrorism functions of government, the National Security Administration, the Transportation Security Administration and others.
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