Dec 2, 2015

Office of National Drug Control Policy: Reautorization

Dec 1, 2015

Examining Invasive Species Policy

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 ...

Nov 5, 2015

Iran’s Power Projection Capability

PURPOSE: • To examine Iran’s capability to project power by reviewing Iran’s military arsenal, financing, training, and arming of proxy groups in the region. • To expose how those capabilities may advance as a result of increased ...

Nov 4, 2015

The Federal Information Technology Reform Act’s (FITARA) Role in Reducing IT Acquisition Risk, Part II – Measuring Agencies’ FITARA Implementation

PURPOSE: • To assess how Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) implementation is progressing across federal agencies in four key areas: o Data center consolidation o IT portfolio review savings o Incremental development o Risk assessment transparency. BACKGROUND: • On June 10th, the Subcommittee held a hearing on the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s 2015 designation of IT acquisition as high ...

Nov 3, 2015

Preparing for the 2020 Census: Will the Technology be Ready?

PURPOSE: • To examine the Census Bureau’s (Bureau) progress in preparation for the 2020 census. • To discuss the challenges facing IT development and other operational issues with relevant personnel from the Bureau, the Commerce Department, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office. BACKGROUND: • In preparation for the 2020 census, the Bureau released its operational plan on October 6, 2015. This report illustrates the ...

Nov 3, 2015

TSA: Security Gaps

PURPOSE: • To explore with the agency’s new leadership the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) challenges and planned responses. • To provide members an open dialogue with TSA to discuss potential solutions to gaps ...

Oct 28, 2015

Radicalization: Social Media and the Rise of Terrorism

PURPOSE: • To address the scope of radicalization, and assess what steps can be taken in order to mitigate the rise of terror via social media. BACKGROUND: • In recent years, terrorist organizations have attempted to control their image, attract new recruits, and inspire “lone wolf” attacks through the use of social media, including disseminating images of graphic violence. • Terrorists’ use of social media is resonating ...