Combating Homegrown Terrorism

Hearing Date: 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

Name Title Organization Panel Document
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 President 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