Oversight Committee Hearing: “Preventing Violations of Federal Transparency Law”

Published: Sep 5, 2013

Current and former officials to testify about use of non-official accounts for official business

WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today announced a hearing, “Preventing Violations of Federal Transparency Laws,” on Tuesday, September 10 that will examine ongoing compliance problems with the Federal Records Act and the Presidential Records Act.  Current and former senior Administration officials who have been publicly linked to compliance problems will testify, along with the U.S. Archivist.

“Officials in multiple Administrations have struggled to fully comply, and in some instances willfully flaunted, federal transparency and record keeping laws through their use of non-official e-mail and other electronic communications to conduct official government business,” said Chairman Issa. “This proceeding will hear testimony from some of these officials who will be asked, as fact witnesses, questions ranging from the adequacy of training to their understanding of rules governing the use of e-mail and other electronic communications tools.  The Committee will examine ongoing compliance challenges and the status of efforts to prevent future violations of law.”

Hearing Details:

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

“Preventing Violations of Federal Transparency Laws”

Full Committee, Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA)

9:00 a.m. in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building


The following witnesses will testify at Tuesday’s hearing:

Gary Gensler
Consumer Futures Trading Commission

Lisa Jackson
Former Administrator
Environmental Protection Agency

Jonathan Silver
Former Loans Program Office Executive Director
Department of Energy

Andrew McLaughlin
Former Deputy Chief Technology Officer
White House

David Ferriero
Archivist of the United States
U.S. Archives