Hearings

Dec 10, 2015

Terrorism and the Visa Waiver Program

PURPOSE: • To address the vulnerabilities in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and assess what steps the U.S. government has taken to mitigate terrorists abusing the VWP and our ...

Dec 9, 2015

A Casino in Every Smartphone – Law Enforcement Implications

TAKEAWAYS: • States have a sovereign right to determine gambling policy within their borders. The internet is borderless in nature and threatens states’ ability to regulate gambling transactions within its jurisdiction. • Federal law enforcement officials expressed concerns online gambling is vulnerable to being used for money laundering, terrorist financing, fraud, and other criminal activity. • Congress was not given the opportunity to properly vet the ...

Dec 8, 2015

Examining the Stream Protection Rule

PURPOSE: • To examine the development and substance of the proposed Stream Protection Rule (SPR). • To focus on the effects of the rule and the Administration’s interaction ...

Dec 8, 2015

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Program Consolidation

PURPOSE: • To determine the status of implementation of key provisions of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). • To identify what needs to be done to secure the benefits of program consolidation and other provisions addressing efficiency and effectiveness. BACKGROUND: • MAP-21, enacted in 2012, included several provisions intended to increase efficiency and effectiveness in ...

Dec 8, 2015

Review of the New London Embassy Project

TAKEAWAYS: The State Department (State) demonstrated poor risk management when it began construction of the London embassy compound prior to completion of the blast ...

Dec 2, 2015

Office of National Drug Control Policy: Reauthorization

PURPOSE: • To examine the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and their efforts to coordinate drug control policy and spending across the federal government. • To discuss the various proposals for reauthorization of ONDCP and its programs. • To examine ONDCP’s responses to Government Accountability Office reviews and the resulting recommendations. BACKGROUND: • Congress created ONDCP in 1988 as part of the Anti-Drug Abuse ...

Dec 1, 2015

Examining Invasive Species Policy

PURPOSE: • To examine the National Invasive Species Information Center (NISC) and its mission of treating and eradicating invasive species. • To discuss the ...

Nov 18, 2015

The Internet of Cars

PURPOSE: • To highlight how the automotive industry is tackling important issues around cybersecurity, spectrum, and privacy as the age of the connected vehicle rapidly approaches. • To give members of the Subcommittee an opportunity to learn about vehicle-to-vehicle communications technology and what it means for our future economy. BACKGROUND: • Connected vehicles are cars that “access, consume, create, ...

Nov 18, 2015

Federal Student Aid: Performance-Based Organization Review

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Wednesday, November 18, the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), and the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations, chaired by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), will hold a joint hearing titled, “Federal Student Aid: Performance-Based Organization Review.” The hearing will take place at 9:00 a.m. in room 2154 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The Department of ...

Nov 17, 2015

U.S. Department of Education: Information Security Review

TAKEAWAYS: • The Department of Education (DoEd) has at least 139 million unique social security numbers in its Central Processing System (CPS). • Reminiscent of OPM’s dangerous behavior, DoEd is not heeding repeat warnings from the Inspector General (IG) that their information systems are vulnerable to security threats. o In the IG’s latest report, there were 6 repeat findings and 10 repeat recommendations. o The Department scored NEGATIVE 14% on the OMB ...