Hearings

Sep 10, 2015

GSA: Army Fee Assistance

TAKEAWAYS: • The Army’s decision to transition the administration of its childcare program from a contractor to the General Service Administration (GSA) increased the net costs by over 50 percent, which equates to more ...

Sep 9, 2015

Violence on the Border: Keeping U.S. Personnel Safe

Aug 6, 2015

Threats to Grazing from Federal Regulatory Overreach

PURPOSE: To examine the various regulatory burdens placed on the grazing industry by the federal government.  BACKGROUND: The Committee will hear from a panel of witnesses representing a variety of concerns with the federal government’s regulatory approach such as management ...

Jul 29, 2015

DATA Act Implementation

PURPOSE: To examine the Department of the Treasury’s and the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) efforts to implement the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act).   BACKGROUND: Enacted on May 9, 2014, the DATA Act modernizes federal spending data by requiring agencies to report detailed, program level financial data in a data standard. Within a year of enactment, the Administration was ...

Jul 29, 2015

EPA Mismanagement Part II

TAKEAWAYS: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to be plagued by persistent employee misconduct. John Beale, former head of the EPA office of Homeland Security, masqueraded as a covert CIA officer and is now in prison for time and attendance fraud while employed at the EPA. Peter Jutro retired in disgrace after he was found to have sexually assaulted over ...

Jul 28, 2015

Impact of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement

PURPOSE:  To better understand the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, and review the economic impact of the Movement on American and Israeli businesses.  To review how the goals of BDS may or may not be affected by International Trade Law, U.S. federal law, and state law. 

Jul 23, 2015

Modernizing the National Park Service Concession Program

PURPOSE: To examine current National Parks Service (NPS) concessions policies. To look at potential solutions for increasing revenue and attendance at national ...

Jul 21, 2015

D.C. Metro: Update

PURPOSE: To continue oversight of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) Metrorail system. To examine the role of the Office of Inspector General. To review the current and future financial situation of WMATA.   BACKGROUND: WMATA was created in 1967 by an interstate compact between Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, with congressional consent, to provide for a ...

Jul 15, 2015

Cybersecurity: The Department of the Interior

HEARING PURPOSE: To explore the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) role in the recent U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach. To review the DOI Inspector General’s (IG) recent investigative reports.  HEARING BACKGROUND:

Jul 15, 2015

Criminal Justice Reform, Part II

TAKEAWAYS: Criminal justice reform is a bipartisan/bicameral effort. The federal prison population is growing at an unsustainable rate and is nearly 40 percent over capacity. Populations have grown from 24,000 federal prisoners in 1980, to 219, 000 in 2013. The Bureau of Prisons budget has grown right along with the prison population. It takes up 25 percent of the Department of Justice’s budget and is expected to swell to 33 ...