Rhetoric vs. Reality: Does President Obama Really Support an “All-of-the-Above” Energy Strategy?
9:30am in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building In his 2012 State of the Union Address, President Obama said, “This country needs an all-out, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy.” The question for this committee: Is that goal being achieved, and if not, why not? Today’s hearing will assess whether or not President Obama’s rhetoric is supported by the actions of his Administration. There are signs that this all-of-the-above ...
The Obama Administration’s Green Energy Gamble: What Have All The Taxpayer Subsidies Achieved?
9:30am in 2154 RHOB
Hatch Act: Options for Reform
9:30am in 2247 RHOB Subcommittee Chairman Ross Opening Statement During my brief tenure as a member of Congress, I have seen how well-intentioned legislation can have unintended consequences when applied to the real world. This is certainly true with respect to the Hatch Act. Originally enacted in 1939, the Hatch Act was needed to prevent an all too prevalent practice of federal employees engaging in partisan political activity ...
Where Are All the Watchdogs? Addressing Inspector General Vacancies
9:30am in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building In 1978, the position of Inspectors General was established to promote efficiency and ensure that a threshold of accountability was integrated government-wide. The IGs are the American people’s front line of oversight of the Executive Branch. In FY2009 alone, their audits and investigations identified $43.3 billion in potential savings. Having a robust group of permanent inspectors general at the federal agencies is the best ...
TSA Oversight Part IV: Is TSA Effectively Procuring, Deploying, and Storing Aviation Security Equipment and Technology?
Issa: "Three years ago, the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General reported that TSA had not effectively deployed, redeployed or disposed of crucial transportation security equipment. A joint investigation by the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, along with recent efforts by the Government Accountability Office, reveal that little has changed in the past three years and that systemic flaws continue to plague the TSA. ...
Joint Hearing – Is Government Adequately Protecting Taxpayers from Medicaid Fraud?
Wednesday, April 25th at 9:30am in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building
Problems at the Internal Revenue Service: Closing the Tax Gap and Preventing Identity Theft
10:00am on Thursday, April 19, 2012 in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building
The SEC’s Aversion to Cost-Benefit Analysis
10:00am on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building
Addressing GSA’s Culture of Wasteful Spending
1:30pm on Monday, April 16, 2012 in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building The details that have come to light about a General Services Administration Conference held in Las Vegas have raised serious questions in the minds of the American people about how government is using their tax dollars. What has come to light surrounding GSA’s activities should give pause to anyone who has opposed cutting government size and spending. Wasteful spending is a problem that transcends ...