Hearings


May 15, 2015
Issues Facing Civilian and Postal Service Vehicle Fleet Procurement
May 8, 2015
D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program: Making the American Dream Possible

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, May 14th the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing to examine the role that the Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) plays in providing parents in the District of Columbia with the option of enrolling their children in a private school if that best suits their…

May 7, 2015
U.S. Secret Service: Accountability for March 4, 2015 Incident

HEARING PURPOSE: To examine the Inspector General’s newly released report on its investigation into the March 4, 2015 incident at the White House Complex.  HEARING BACKGROUND: On March 10, 2015, allegations of misconduct were referred to the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General. The allegations related to the March…

May 6, 2015
The EMP Threat: The State of Preparedness Against the Threat of an Electromagnetic Pulse Event

HEARING PURPOSE: The hearing will educate Congress and the public about an EMP threat and encourage the Department of Homeland Security to lead an inter-agency protection effort. HEARING BACKGROUND: Though Congress has created multiple commissions to improve protections against an EMP threat, the electrical grid remains under-prepared. Fallout from an…

Transportation Security: Are Our Airports Safe?

WASHINGTON – Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 13, 2015 the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing to examine transportation security and airport safety. The hearing titled “Transportation Security: Are Our Airports Safe” will specifically consider aviation security issues raised since the inception of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)….

April 24, 2015
Is the Railroad Retirement Board Doing Enough to Protect Against Fraud?

WASHINGTON –Tomorrow, Friday, May 1st, the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations will hold a hearing titled “Is the Railroad Retirement Board Doing Enough to Protect Against Fraud?” The hearing will examine the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) occupational disability program and assess the RRB’s process for determining which workers…

Following the Trail of U.S. Taxpayers’ Dollars Abroad: On-Budget Assistance in Afghanistan

BACKGROUND: From 2002 to 2014, the United States has contributed $1.3 billion of the $3.6 billion total amount donated by the international community to the Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA).  On January 7, 2015, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) published an audit report finding…

Encryption Technology and Potential U.S. Policy Responses

HEARING PURPOSE: The hearing will examine the perspectives of law enforcement, industry, and security and privacy advocates with respect to encryption and cybersecurity for mobile electronic communication devices. HEARING BACKGROUND: In September of last year, Apple and Google, the largest mobile phone system operators in the United States, announced that…

Flying Under the Radar: Securing Washington D.C. Airspace

WASHINGTON –On Wednesday, April 29th, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Flying Under the Radar: Securing Washington, D.C. Airspace.”  This hearing will examine how a small gyrocopter entered restricted airspace landed on the West Lawn of the Capitol. HEARING BACKGROUND: On April 15, 2015,…

Examining the Export-Import Bank’s Mandates

WASHINGTON – House Financial Services Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade, and Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules, will conduct its second joint hearing looking into the future viability of Export–Import Bank, which is up for reauthorization in June. During the first joint subcommittee hearing on April…