Hearings


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…

EPA Mismanagement

WASHINGTON –On Thursday, April 30th, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing titled “EPA Mismanagement.” This hearing will examine cases of employee misconduct and the manner in which they were handled by Environmental Protection Agency senior management. HEARING BACKGROUND: Over the past two years, the EPA Office of…

April 17, 2015
Enhancing Cybersecurity of Third-Party Contractors and Vendors
Examining the Dept. of Energy’s Excess Uranium Management Plan

WASHINGTON –On Wednesday, April 22nd, the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Interior will hold a hearing titled, “Examining the Department of Energy’s Excess Uranium Management Plan.” This hearing will examine the Department of Energy’s administration of the Excess Uranium Inventory Management Plan. HEARING BACKGROUND: The U.S. Department…

April 10, 2015
DOJ IG: Handling of Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Allegations

HEARING BACKGROUND: On March 26, 2015, the Depart of Justice’s Office of Inspector General (DOJ OIG) released a report titled, “The Handling of Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Allegations by the Department’s Law Enforcement Components.” The DOJ OIG found systemic issues with the handling of sexual misconduct allegations, including allegations not…

April 9, 2015
The Worst Places to Work in the Federal Government

WASHINGTON –On Thursday, April 16th, the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee  on Government Operations will hold a hearing titled “The Worst Places to Work in the Federal Government.” The hearing will examine survey results from data collected by OPM through the FEVS.  In addition, this hearing will examine the…