Hearings

Feb 4, 2016

Developments in the Prescription Drug Market: Oversight

TAKEAWAYS: Former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, Martin Shkreli, refused to answer questions from Committee Members, opting instead to invoke his

Feb 3, 2016

Securing Our Skies: Oversight of Aviation Credentials

PURPOSE: To examine aviation security issues, including weaknesses in airmen certificates, airport credentials, and other challenges. To better understand proposed solutions for increasing safety and ...

Feb 3, 2016

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

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

Feb 2, 2016

Seeking Justice for Victims of Palestinian Terrorism in Israel

PURPOSE:  To examine the role of the Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism (OVT). To highlight the threat of terrorism to Americans in Israel. To examine U.S. policy ...

Feb 2, 2016

U.S. Department of Education: Investigation of the CIO

TAKEAWAYS: The Department of Education’s (ED) Chief Information Officer (CIO) Danny Harris received substantial bonuses ...

Jan 12, 2016

Wassenaar: Cybersecurity and Export Control

Chairman Will Hurd (R-TX) – Oversight Subcommittee on Information Technology Chairman John Ratcliffe (R-TX) – Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies PURPOSE: • To review the ...

Jan 7, 2016

Document Production Status Update

PURPOSE: • To examine how and why certain agencies withhold, or otherwise fail to produce, documents and information that will assist the Committee’s oversight and investigative initiatives. BACKGROUND: • Congress’ right of access to executive branch information is constitutionally based and is critical to the concept of co-equal branches of government. • Since the first congressional request for information ...

Jan 6, 2016

Army Fee Assistance Program: Part II

PURPOSE: ·To examine the status of remediation efforts to reduce program backlog in the Army Fee Assistance (AFA) program. ·To examine Army’s plan to transition the program back to its ...

Dec 17, 2015

Terrorist Travel: Vetting for National Security Concerns

TAKEAWAYS The Obama administration claims to have “very extensive screening procedures” in place, even though the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rejected a plan to review the social media accounts of visa applicants. Current plans to review social media remain in the ...

Dec 16, 2015

Merit Systems Protection Board, Office of Government Ethics, and Office of Special Counsel Reauthorization

PURPOSE: • To begin the legislative process of reauthorizing Office of Government Ethics (OGE), Office of Special Counsel (OSC), and Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). • To examine potential legislative changes to these agencies. BACKGROUND: • OGE is responsible for providing leadership and oversight of the executive branch ethics program designed to prevent and resolve conflicts of interest. OGE’s ...