Releases


February 12, 2015
Chairman Chaffetz Presses Agency Witnesses on the “All Star Team of Problems”

Requests greater accountability amongst agency leadership on High Risk programs Referring to the top six programs that have remained on the High Risk List for 25 years, Chairman Chaffetz said: “This is the all-star team of problems…To get on this list you have to be engaged in waste, fraud, and…

February 11, 2015
Riskiest Federal Programs Examined During House Oversight Hearing

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today held a hearing to examine the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) 2015 High Risk Report. The Report, released every two years by the GAO, identifies federal programs that are “high risk” due to vulnerabilities stemming from waste, fraud, abuse, or mismanagement. The 2015…

ADVISORY: Oversight Committee to Examine Safety of D.C. Metro

On Friday, February 13, 2015, the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Transportation and Public Assets and the Subcommittee on Government Operations will hold a joint hearing to examine safety gaps within Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) Metrorail system. The hearing titled, “D.C. Metro: Is There a Safety…

February 10, 2015
Oversight Hearing Will Examine the Most High Risk Federal Programs

VIDEO: “High Risk for 25 Years- The Six Riskiest Federal Programs” Tomorrow, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing to examine the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) 2015 High Risk Report. The High Risk Report identifies programs within the federal government that suffer from waste, mismanagement of…

Hearing Advisory: Oversight to Examine Impact of Obama’s Immigration Executive Actions on Elections

The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security and the Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules will hold a jointhearing entitled, “The President’s Executive Actions on Immigration and Their Impact on Federal and State Elections” on  Thursday, February 12, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. The hearing will…

February 9, 2015
Oversight Leaders Issue Statement on Reassignment of USSS Deputy Director

“Last week, we met jointly with the White House Counsel and the Department of Homeland Security and expressed our shared conviction that the Secret Service needs to turn the page with respect to its senior leadership. We commend the Department for its numerous personnel actions last month, as well as its recent decision to transfer the Deputy Director out of the agency.

February 5, 2015
Hearing Advisory: Oversight to Examine U.S. Secret Service

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing entitled “U.S. Secret Service: Identifying Steps to Restore the Protective Agency” on Thursday, February 12 at 10 a.m.. The hearing will focus on recent recommendations made to the U.S. Secret Service (USSS) by an independent panel appointed by the…

February 4, 2015
House Passes Bill to Improve Transparency of Unfunded Mandates

H.R. 50 will:
§ close loopholes in UMRA and require more comprehensive cost estimates
§ extend UMRA requirements, including cost-benefit analyses, to independent regulatory agencies
§ codify principles of regulation in Executive Order 12866, as well as cost-benefit analysis, which were reaffirmed by President Obama in Executive Order 13563
§ require agencies to conduct UMRA analyses, regardless of whether they issued a notice of proposed rulemaking, closing a loophole that allowed agencies to forego analyses on nearly half of all final rules
§ enable the chairman or ranking member of any Congressional committee to request an agency conduct a retrospective analysis of an existing federal regulatory mandate
§ extend judicial review to the selection of the least costly/least burdensome regulatory alternative and to whether the agency adhered to the principles of EO12866
§ require agencies to consult with state, local, and tribal governments in the development of significant regulatory mandates
§ extend the consultation requirement to the private sector
§ allow the chairman or ranking member of any Congressional committee to request the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to conduct an assessment comparing the authorized level of funding in a bill to the prospective costs of carrying out any changes to a condition of federal assistance
§ reflect current CBO practices by expanding the definition of direct costs to ensure costs include forgone profits, costs passed on to consumers, and behavioral changes

February 3, 2015
Inspectors General Horowitz, Elkins, & Buller Testify Before House Oversight Committee

Today, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee examined ongoing limitations placed on information necessary to the oversight responsibilities of federal inspectors general and their staff.  Inspectors Generalthe Honorable Michael E. Horowitz (DOJ), theHonorable Arthur A. Elkins, Jr. (EPA), and Ms. Kathy A. Buller (U.S. Peace Corps) testified during the…

January 27, 2015
House Oversight Committee to Examine Access and Authority of Federal Inspectors General

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will examine the Independence, Access, and Authority of the federal government’s 72 Inspectors General during its first hearing of the 114th Congress. In August 2014, 47 Inspectors General signed a letter to congressional oversight leaders stating that information was being withheld by federal…