Sep 22, 2016

Closing the Talent Gap in Federal IT

PURPOSE: To evaluate how private and educational sectors are addressing the talent gap. To explore ways to close the talent gap. BACKGROUND: Modernizing the federal government's IT requires investment in the talent necessary to identify, operate, and innovate federal IT. Recent reports will be discussed during the hearing:

Sep 22, 2016

Examining Billion Dollar Waste through Improper Payments

PURPOSE: To examine agency compliance with improper payment laws and the role of Treasury's Do Not Pay Center (DNP) in reducing improper payments. BACKGROUND: The Improper Payments Information Act (IPIA) requires federal executive branch agencies to review all programs and identify those that may be susceptible to significant improper payments. Improper payment estimates across the federal government for FY ...

Sep 22, 2016

Examining Misconduct and Mismanagement at the National Park Service

TAKEAWAYS: NPS employees and supervisors who have engaged in misconduct or mismanagement have not been held accountable by leadership at the agency. Misconduct often goes unaddressed and perpetuates an environment where bad behavior is condoned or covered up. Current NPS employees testified that a culture of tolerance and acceptance of misconduct plagues the agency. A lack of leadership leads to a hostile work environment including a fear of ...

Sep 22, 2016

Examining Preservation of State Department Federal Records

This is a continuation of the hearing that began on September 13, 2016.

Sep 21, 2016

Reviewing the Rising Price of EpiPens

House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold a bipartisan hearing with officials from Mylan, which dramatically increased its prices for EpiPens.   "There is justified outrage from families and schools across the country struggling to afford the high cost of EpiPens.  We look forward to receiving answers next week from Mylan about its dramatic price hike for this life-saving medication.  We also plan ...

Sep 14, 2016

Radicalization in the U.S. and the Rise of Terrorism

PURPOSE: To address the scope of radicalization, and assess what steps can be taken to mitigate the rise of terror via lone wolf attacks and organized terrorist plots. BACKGROUND: There have been numerous terrorist atrocities conducted by radicalized individuals ...

Sep 14, 2016

Examining the Affordable Care Act’s Premium Increases

TAKEAWAYS: Despite President Obama’s promise that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) would lower health insurance premiums, costs have steadily increased since enactment. Premiums are expected to increase at an even higher rate for the 2017 plan year than in either ...

Sep 13, 2016

21st Century Conservation Practices

PURPOSE: To explore the benefits conservation grazing provides in restoring and maintaining grassland and heathland ecosystems. BACKGROUND: Conservation grazing is the use of grazing livestock to maintain and increase the biodiversity of natural or ...

Sep 13, 2016

Examining Preservation of State Department Records

TAKEAWAYS: Former State employee Bryan Pagliano

Sep 12, 2016

Classifications and Redactions in FBI’s Investigative File

TAKEAWAYS: After the FBI refused to commit to providing the complete investigative file to Congress, Chairman Chaffetz issued a