Jul 12, 2017

General Services Administration – Acquisition Oversight and Reform

PURPOSE: To hear from the new leadership of the Federal Acquisition System (FAS) and Technology Transformation Service (TTS) regarding a recent FAS/TTS ...

Jun 28, 2017

Criminal Justice Reform and Efforts to Reduce Recidivism

TAKEAWAYS: Over 95 percent of the prison population today will be released at some point in the future.  Implementing programs that provide vocational training, drug treatment and community support can ease the transition back into society and reduce the rate of recidivism.  States like South Carolina, ...

Jun 13, 2017

The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) Scorecard 4.0

PURPOSE: To examine agencies' progress in implementing the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) and the implications for IT acquisition reform and security. BACKGROUND: In December 2014, Congress enacted ...

Jun 7, 2017

Fast and Furious, Six Years Later

PURPOSE: To identify what the new officials at the Department of Justice can learn from the mistakes made by their predecessors in responding to Congress's inquiry.   To understand the effect of the Justice Department's obstruction on these witnesses. BACKGROUND:

May 25, 2017

Improper Payments in the Federal Government: Student Aid

PURPOSE: To evaluate the Department of Education's (the Department) progress towards accurately estimating improper payments and its plans to prevent them in the future.  To examine how the Department recovers overpayments. BACKGROUND: Improper ...

May 24, 2017

Examining ‘Sue and Settle’ Agreements: Part I

PURPOSE: To examine how environmental advocacy groups and federal agencies regulate through consent decrees using citizen lawsuit provisions in environmental laws. To discuss these lawsuits' impact on businesses and landowners, as well as potential long-term solutions. BACKGROUND:

May 23, 2017

Protecting American’s Identities: Examining Efforts to Limit the Use of Social Security Numbers

PURPOSE: To examine efforts by federal agencies to reduce the use of Social Security numbers (SSNs) and the security challenges facing these agencies. BACKGROUND: In 2007, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) required all federal agencies to identify opportunities to reduce ...

May 18, 2017

Federal Employee Compensation: An Update

TAKEAWAYS: An April Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report found federal employees earn 17 percent more than comparable private sector employees. Most federal employees receive compensation through the outdated ...

May 4, 2017

Examining a Church’s Right to Free Speech

PURPOSE: To examine the Johnson Amendment's effect on churches' and other non-profit organizations' freedom of speech. BACKGROUND: The Johnson Amendment prohibits churches and charitable organizations from engaging in any political campaign activity - violators risk losing their tax ...

May 3, 2017

Reviewing the FAFSA Data Breach

TAKEAWAYS: The Department of Education (the Department) refuses to recognize this as a "data breach" and has not implemented solutions to fix the vulnerabilities.