May 14, 2015

D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program: Making the American Dream Possible

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, May 14th the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing to examine the role that the Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) plays in providing parents in the District of Columbia with the option of enrolling their children in a private school if that best suits their children’s academic needs. BACKGROUND: Initially established in 2004 through the D.C. School Choice Incentive Act, and reauthorized for five years ...

May 13, 2015

The EMP Threat: The State of Preparedness Against the Threat of an Electromagnetic Pulse Event

HEARING PURPOSE: The hearing will educate Congress and the public about an EMP threat and encourage the Department of Homeland Security to lead an inter-agency protection effort. HEARING BACKGROUND: Though Congress has created multiple commissions to improve protections against an EMP threat, the electrical grid remains under-prepared. Fallout from an EMP event could include months of power loss, affecting basic necessities and resulting in loss of life.

May 13, 2015

Transportation Security: Are Our Airports Safe?

WASHINGTON – Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 13, 2015 the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing to examine transportation security and airport safety. The hearing titled “Transportation Security: Are Our Airports Safe” will specifically consider aviation security issues raised since the inception of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). BACKGROUND: The Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA) created the Transportation Security ...

May 1, 2015

Is the Railroad Retirement Board Doing Enough to Protect Against Fraud?

WASHINGTON –Tomorrow, Friday, May 1st, the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations will hold a hearing titled “Is the Railroad Retirement Board Doing Enough to Protect Against Fraud?” The hearing will examine the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) occupational disability program and assess the RRB’s process for determining which workers are benefits eligible. HEARING BACKGROUND: From the late 1990s through 2008, ...

  • Government Operations
Apr 30, 2015

Examining the Export-Import Bank’s Mandates

WASHINGTON – House Financial Services Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade, and Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules, will conduct its second joint hearing looking into the future viability of Export–Import Bank, which is up for reauthorization in June. During the first joint subcommittee ...

Apr 30, 2015

EPA Mismanagement

WASHINGTON –On Thursday, April 30th, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing titled “EPA Mismanagement.” This hearing will examine cases of employee misconduct and the manner in which they were handled by Environmental Protection Agency senior management. HEARING BACKGROUND: Over the past two years, the EPA Office of Inspector General (OIG) has conducted investigations of multiple cases of serious misconduct ...

  • full committee
Apr 29, 2015

Following the Trail of U.S. Taxpayers’ Dollars Abroad: On-Budget Assistance in Afghanistan

BACKGROUND: From 2002 to 2014, the United States has contributed $1.3 billion of the $3.6 billion total amount donated by the international community to the Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA).  On January 7, 2015, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) published an audit report finding that $308 million in annual ...

  • National Security
Apr 29, 2015

Encryption Technology and Potential U.S. Policy Responses

HEARING PURPOSE: The hearing will examine the perspectives of law enforcement, industry, and security and privacy advocates with respect to encryption and cybersecurity for mobile electronic communication devices. HEARING BACKGROUND: In September of last year, Apple and Google, the largest mobile phone system operators in the United States, ...

Apr 29, 2015

Flying Under the Radar: Securing Washington D.C. Airspace

WASHINGTON –On Wednesday, April 29th, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Flying Under the Radar: Securing Washington, D.C. Airspace.”  This hearing will examine how a small gyrocopter entered restricted airspace landed on the West Lawn of the Capitol. HEARING BACKGROUND: On April 15, 2015, an individual was able to take off from Gettysburg, PA, and pilot a small gyrocopter through highly restricted ...

  • Full Oversight Committee
Apr 22, 2015

Enhancing Cybersecurity of Third-Party Contractors and Vendors