Hearings

Mar 15, 2016

Examining Federal Administration of the Safe Drinking Water Act in Flint, Michigan, Part 2

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 April 2015, yet failed to act until January 2016 when they were forced to intervene. EPA Region 5 Regulations Manager

Mar 2, 2016

Firearms Lost: GSA’s Administration of the Surplus Firearm Donation Program

PURPOSE: To evaluate U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) management of the surplus firearm donation program and to address potential gaps in GSA’s efforts to account for and secure donated firearms. To examine deficiencies highlighted in the 2015 GSA Office of the Inspector General report. BACKGROUND: Started in 1999, the surplus firearm donation program provides firearms no longer needed by federal ...

Mar 2, 2016

Geolocation Technology and Privacy

TAKEAWAYS: Chairman Chaffetz and Ranking Member Cummings will review updated guidance issued by the Department of Justice post S. v. Jones. These memos provide guidance on the use of geolocation technology by federal law enforcement. Various legal standards and guidelines are used to manage the use of geolocation technology at a local, state, and federal level. A clear standard is needed to govern the use of this technology. Congress ...

Feb 26, 2016

Oversight of Federal Vehicles

PURPOSE: To review the structure of accountability for owned and leased federal vehicles, and incentives for proper management. To assess the status of vehicle management by the National Passenger Rail Corporation (Amtrak). BACKGROUND: According to the General Services Administration, federal agencies owned or leased 633,851 vehicles in fiscal year 2014 at a cost of $4.4 billion. The Government ...

Feb 25, 2016

Review of Obamacare Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (CO-OPs)

PURPOSE: To question Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) about factors leading to the failure of over half of Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (CO-OPs). To examine ...

Feb 25, 2016

Security Clearance Reform: The Performance Accountability Council’s Path Forward

TAKEAWAYS: Department of Defense (DOD) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) officials cannot give a timeline for incorporating social media monitoring into the security clearance ...

Feb 24, 2016

The Zika Virus: Coordination of a Multi-Agency Response

PURPOSE: • To examine the coordinated federal response to the spread of the Zika virus both within the United States (US) and internationally. • To address confusion and misinformation surrounding measures taken at home ...

Feb 11, 2016

IRS: Reviewing Its Legal Obligations, Document Preservation, and Data Security

TAKEAWAYS: On multiple occasions, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) failed to meet its legal obligations to properly preserve documents. According to the IRS Deputy Commissioner of ...

Feb 10, 2016

The President’s Waiver of Restrictions on the Visa Waiver Program

PURPOSE: • To examine and assess the impact of Congressional changes made to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) to prevent terrorists from exploiting the program. • To review steps taken by the ...

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