In announcing the hearing, Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said it is critical to learn as much as possible about the attack and the government's response.

"This will be the first in a series of hearings, as part of a broader investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings," McCaul said this week. "The investigation will look at how law enforcement addressed the area after the attack; how federal, state and local officials communicated with their counterparts at other agencies regarding the suspects before and following the event; and the challenges associated with securing our country since 9/11."

Details on this hearing and other key hearings for the week follow:

House Education and the Workforce

May 7, "Raising the Bar: Exploring State and Local Efforts to Improve Accountability"
     9 a.m., 2175 Rayburn House Office Building

House Foreign Affairs

May 7, "Local and Private Sector Initiatives to Combat International Human Trafficking"
     10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

House Homeland Security

May 9, "The Boston Bombings: A First Look"
     9 a.m., 311 Cannon House Office Building

House Judiciary

May 8, "Protecting U.S. Citizens' Constitutional Rights During the War on Terror"
     1 p.m., 2141 Rayburn House Office Building

House Natural Resources

May 8, "DOI Hydraulic Fracturing Rule: A Recipe for Government Waste, Duplication and Delay"
     10 a.m., 1324 Longworth House Office Building

House Oversight & Government Affairs

May 8, "Benghazi: Exposing Failure and Recognizing Courage"
     11:30 a.m., 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

House Small Business

May 8, "Retrospective Review: Have Existing Burdens on Small Businesses Been Reduced?"
     1 p.m., 2360 Rayburn House Office Building