Hearings

Jun 17, 2015

A Review of the President’s Executive Actions on Immigration

PURPOSE: To examine the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) implementation of the President’s executive actions on immigration. To review the approval of benefits to aliens unlawfully present in the United ...

Jun 17, 2015

Drones: The Next Generation of Commerce?

PURPOSE: To discuss the challenges and economic impact of regulating emerging technology for personal and commercial uses, as well as the privacy concerns inherent with the proliferation of unmanned aerial vehicles, referred to as “drones.”   BACKGROUND: On February 15, 2015 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a proposed rule on the commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The FAA ...

Jun 16, 2015

Fair Competition in International Shipping

PURPOSE: To examine the Universal Postal Union (UPU) terminal dues rate setting structure and process to better understand the challenges facing the United States, the inequities that result from the current system, and opportunities for reform. BACKGROUND: Established in 1874, the UPU coordinates international postal policies and ...

Jun 16, 2015

OPM: Data Breach

PURPOSE: To provide Members an opportunity to gain information on the nature and extent of the recent U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach. To discuss federal agency compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). BACKGROUND: On

Jun 11, 2015

Examining Fraud, Waste, and Abuse at the Export-Import Bank

PURPOSE: To examine fraud, waste, and abuse at the Bank and the Inspector General’s efforts to address deficiencies with the Bank’s management and internal controls. To follow up on findings from the

Jun 10, 2015

The Federal Information Technology Reform Act’s Role in Reducing IT Acquisition Risk

PURPOSE: To assess how Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) implementation may address IT acquisition risks and impact federal IT acquisition. BACKGROUND: The hearing will examine the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) 2015 designation of IT acquisition as high risk and implementation of FITARA. The Subcommittees plan to review the high risk factors identified by GAO in IT ...

Jun 10, 2015

The Impact of Executive Order 13658 on Public Land Guides and Outfitters

PURPOSE: To discuss issues facing rural outfitters in light of Executive Order 13658 and to examine solutions to this unique problem. BACKGROUND: In February 2014, the President issued Executive Order 13658, which established a new $10.10 per hour minimum wage for contractors with the Federal Government. EO 13658 also applies to “contract-like instruments” defined in Department of Labor guidance to include ...

Jun 8, 2015

Field Briefing, “Oversight of Major Transportation and Infrastructure Projects in New York City”

BRIEFING PURPOSE: To examine major infrastructure projects currently underway in New York City and assess the cost and status of each project. To determine whether federal infrastructure investments are being used efficiently.   BRIEFING BACKGROUND: The Committee is tracking large-scale transportation projects to ensure they remain on budget and on schedule. As part of the field briefing, members of ...

Jun 3, 2015

Ensuring Agency Compliance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

HEARING PURPOSE: This hearing will examine the processes agencies use to meet FOIA’s legal requirements and explore barriers to effective and efficient compliance from the FOIA officer’s perspective. The Committee will hear from the witnesses tasked with implementing FOIA at several agencies that need to improve response efforts. HEARING BACKGROUND:

Jun 2, 2015

Ensuring Transparency through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

HEARING PURPOSE: To examine the use of FOIA requests as a tool for government transparency and explore barriers to accessing public documents from the user’s perspective. The Committee will hear from witnesses that use FOIA in news reporting, academic research, and to conduct government oversight. HEARING BACKGROUND: Enacted in 1966, FOIA is a transparency tool for individuals to ensure government accountability. Under FOIA, requesters may ask federal ...