Mar 16, 2016

VA Cybersecurity and IT Oversight

PURPOSE: To examine the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) implementation of the Federal Information Security Management Act and Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), as well as specific IT investments, including the modernization of the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VISTA) system. BACKGROUND: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is engaged in an effort ...

Mar 16, 2016

Rebuilding Afghanistan: Oversight of Defense Department Infrastructure Projects

TAKEAWAYS: More than 60 percent of the Department of Defense (DOD) reconstruction contracts inspected by the Special Inspector General of Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) between July 2009 and September 2015 did not fully meet contract requirements or technical specifications. One-third of completed reconstruction projects in Afghanistan inspected by SIGAR have never been used. Troop drawdown in Afghanistan limits SIGAR, DOD, and ...

Mar 15, 2016

Accountability and Transparency Reform at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

PURPOSE: To examine the role of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in ensuring regulatory transparency and accountability. BACKGROUND: Created by the Paperwork Reduction of 1980, OIRA is housed within the Office of Management and Budget and is responsible for overseeing federal regulatory, paperwork, and information resource management activities. In 1993, President Clinton issued Executive ...

Mar 15, 2016

Examining Federal Administration of the Safe Drinking Water Act in Flint, Michigan, Part 2

TAKEAWAYS: The Flint water crisis is a failure at every level of government. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 was aware of dangerously high levels of lead in Flint drinking water in April 2015, yet failed to act until January 2016 when they were forced to intervene. EPA Region 5 Regulations Manager

Mar 2, 2016

Firearms Lost: GSA’s Administration of the Surplus Firearm Donation Program

PURPOSE: To evaluate U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) management of the surplus firearm donation program and to address potential gaps in GSA’s efforts to account for and secure donated firearms. To examine deficiencies highlighted in the 2015 GSA Office of the Inspector General report. BACKGROUND: Started in 1999, the surplus firearm donation program provides firearms no longer needed by ...

Mar 2, 2016

Geolocation Technology and Privacy

TAKEAWAYS: Chairman Chaffetz and Ranking Member Cummings will review updated guidance issued by the Department of Justice post S. v. Jones. These memos provide guidance on the use of geolocation technology by federal law enforcement. Various legal standards and guidelines are used to manage the use of geolocation technology at a local, state, and federal level. A clear standard is needed to govern the use of this technology. ...

Feb 26, 2016

Oversight of Federal Vehicles

PURPOSE: To review the structure of accountability for owned and leased federal vehicles, and incentives for proper management. To assess the status of vehicle management by the National Passenger Rail Corporation (Amtrak). BACKGROUND: According to the General Services Administration, federal agencies owned or leased 633,851 vehicles in fiscal year 2014 at a cost of $4.4 billion. The Government ...

Feb 25, 2016

Review of Obamacare Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (CO-OPs)

PURPOSE: To question Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) about factors leading to the failure of over half of Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (CO-OPs). To examine ...

Feb 25, 2016

Security Clearance Reform: The Performance Accountability Council’s Path Forward

TAKEAWAYS: Department of Defense (DOD) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) officials cannot give a timeline for incorporating social media monitoring into the security clearance process. ...

Feb 24, 2016

The Zika Virus: Coordination of a Multi-Agency Response

PURPOSE: • To examine the coordinated federal response to the spread of the Zika virus both within the United States (US) and internationally. • To address confusion and misinformation surrounding measures taken at home ...