Hearings

Nov 3, 2015

TSA: Security Gaps

PURPOSE: • To explore with the agency’s new leadership the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) challenges and planned responses. • To provide members an open dialogue with TSA to discuss potential solutions to gaps ...

Oct 28, 2015

Radicalization: Social Media and the Rise of Terrorism

PURPOSE: • To address the scope of radicalization, and assess what steps can be taken in order to mitigate the rise of terror via social media. BACKGROUND: • In recent years, terrorist organizations have attempted to control their image, attract new recruits, and inspire “lone wolf” attacks through the use of social media, including disseminating images of graphic violence. • Terrorists’ use of social media is resonating ...

Oct 27, 2015

VA and DoD IT: Electronic Health Records Interoperability

PURPOSE: • To examine the Departments of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) information technology with an emphasis on the departments’ efforts to develop and implement an interoperable electronic health record (EHR). BACKGROUND: • The 2008 NDAA directed DOD and VA to jointly develop and implement a “fully interoperable” EHR, creating an Interagency Program Office to facilitate and coordinate the Departments’ ...

Oct 21, 2015

Examining Law Enforcement Use of Cell Phone Tracking Devices

PURPOSE: To examine issues related to law enforcement’s use of devices that simulate cell phone towers and allow law enforcement to obtain location information for particular suspects. To examine both the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS)new policies governing the use of such ...

Oct 21, 2015

Secure Credentials Issued by the Government Publishing Office

  PURPOSE: To examine the impact of the Government Publishing Office’s (GPO) role in building secure identity documents for federal government agencies, its exemption from Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) as a legislative entity, and whether competitive acquisition is necessary to ensure that federal identity documents safeguard national security. To give industry experts an opportunity to provide an overview of radio frequency identification ...

Sep 30, 2015

Status of Toll Interoperability

PURPOSE: To determine the status of national tolling interoperability. To identify what remains to be done in order to develop, implement, and operate a national tolling system – as required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). BACKGROUND: Enacted in 2012, MAP-21 made significant changes to the tolling provisions that reinforce the encouragement of high-occupancy toll ...

Sep 29, 2015

Planned Parenthood’s Taxpayer Funding

TAKEAWAYS: Planned Parenthood does not need federal subsidies. Planned Parenthood is self-sustaining. Reported revenue of $1.3 billion in their most recent annual report. Reported $127 million in net income and reported holding $1.4 billion in assets for 2013-2014. Salaries at Planned Parenthood are ...

Sep 22, 2015

The State of the Cloud

  PURPOSE: • To explore the financial and technological benefits of cloud computing. • To examine the current challenges agencies face in adopting cloud solutions for their information technology requirements. • To provide an opportunity for private sector experts to brief members on the benefits and challenges of cloud computing solutions, including access to ...

Sep 17, 2015

Federal Air Marshal Service: Oversight

TAKEAWAYS: • Recent allegations of misconduct from Federal Air Marshals agents stationed in Chicago include agents hiring prostitutes, and using their government issued phones and other assets to film sexual encounters. • In addition to the Chicago incident, multiple individuals are also under investigation for misconduct at the Federal Air Marshal agency. • FAMS officials believe they have appropriate authority to discipline their agents when misconduct occurs. • More ...

Sep 17, 2015

EPA’s Animas Spill

TAKEAWAYS: EPA’s claim that the spill was the result of natural causes is false. Years of EPA mismanagement ...