Mar 15, 2018

An Examination of Federal Permitting Processes

PURPOSE: To examine federal permitting processes, focusing on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Clean Water Act. BACKGROUND: On February 12, 2018, the Administration announced guiding principles for rebuilding our nation's infrastructure, which included streamlining and shortening the permitting process for infrastructure projects. On March 1, 2017, the Subcommittees on Interior, Energy, ...

Mar 14, 2018

State of Play: Federal IT in 2018

PURPOSE: To examine the state of federal information technology in 2018, including government-wide plans for information technology (IT) modernization. To examine the Administration's progress in implementing the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act. To discuss other key aspects of information technology (IT) including the IT workforce, emerging technologies, and continuing IT acquisition and contracting ...

Mar 14, 2018

Shining Light on the Federal Regulatory Process

PURPOSE: To assess federal agencies' processes for and compliance with rulemaking and guidance procedure requirements. BACKGROUND: Federal agencies issue thousands of regulations per year, making it difficult for regulated entities and the general public to comply with regulatory directives.

Mar 12, 2018

The Historic 2017 Hurricane Season: Impacts on the U.S. Virgin Islands

Mar 7, 2018

Game Changers: Artificial Intelligence Part II, Artificial Intelligence and the Federal Government

PURPOSE: To examine the federal government's engagement of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how government agencies can adopt AI to make citizen services more effective and efficient. BACKGROUND: On February 14, 2018, the Information Technology Subcommittee held the first hearing of a three-part series. During this ...

Mar 6, 2018

Roundtable Discussion with Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem

PURPOSE: To discuss issues concerning Jerusalem and the U.S.-Israel relationship, including the upcoming relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. BACKGROUND: On November 8, 2017, the Subcommittee on National Security held a hearing to examine the benefits and challenges of relocating ...

Mar 6, 2018

Examining the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

PURPOSE: To highlight ways for improved communication and interaction between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), localities, and the public where it conducts its work and projects. BACKGROUND: USACE provides engineering services to strengthen national security, energize the economy, and reduce risks from disasters. USACE dredges waterways, and focuses on hurricane and storm damage ...

Feb 27, 2018

Federalism Implications of Treating States as Stakeholders

PURPOSE: To examine the roles of states in the federal decision-making process To explore how federal agencies engage with states when implementing federal law and policies BACKGROUND: Existing practices do not adequately support the states' role as partners in federal decision-making and policy administration, which, if embraced, could work to create smarter, less costly laws and ...

Feb 15, 2018

General Services Administration – Checking in with the Government’s Acquisition and Property Manager

PURPOSE: To examine acquisition and real property management initiatives and challenges at the General Services Administration (GSA). BACKGROUND: The GSA provides real estate, acquisition and technology services for the federal government workforce through two offices - the Public Buildings Service (PBS) and the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has placed ...

Feb 14, 2018

Game Changers: Artificial Intelligence Part I

WASHINGTON DC - Today, Information Technology (IT) Subcommittee Chairman Will Hurd (R-TX) announced a three-part hearing series on Artificial Intelligence (AI). The IT Subcommittee will identify and define criteria to guide government understanding and adoption of AI.  "Over the next ...