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 ...

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 ...