Jul 27, 2017

Combating Homegrown Terrorism

PURPOSE: To examine the U.S. government's policy for countering violent extremism within domestic communities. To discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Counter Violent Extremism (CVE) grant program. To identify the scope of the ...

Jul 27, 2017

Challenges to Freedom of Speech on College Campuses

PURPOSE: To identify the harms of infringing on the right to free speech on college campuses.  To explore recommendations on how to encourage and protect First Amendment rights, as well as intellectual and ideological diversity, on college campuses.  To understand administrators' concerns about public ...

Jul 26, 2017

Office of National Drug Control Policy: Reauthorization in the 115th Congress

TAKEAWAYS: ONDCP has not submitted a reauthorization proposal to Congress this year.  With opioid related deaths increasing in 2016, ONDCP has not submitted the National Drug Control Strategy to Congress, even though it's supposed to be released February 1st each year.  Much more needs to be ...

Jul 25, 2017

Examining Sue and Settle Agreements: Part II

PURPOSE: The hearing will examine how advocacy groups and federal agencies use consent decrees - court-ordered settlement agreements that are legally binding -  to implement institutional reform across state and ...

Jul 12, 2017

General Services Administration – Acquisition Oversight and Reform

PURPOSE: To hear from the new leadership of the Federal Acquisition System (FAS) and Technology Transformation Service (TTS) regarding a recent FAS/TTS ...

Jun 28, 2017

Criminal Justice Reform and Efforts to Reduce Recidivism

TAKEAWAYS: Over 95 percent of the prison population today will be released at some point in the future.  Implementing programs that provide vocational training, drug treatment and community support can ease the transition back into society and reduce the rate of recidivism.  States like South Carolina, ...

Jun 13, 2017

The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) Scorecard 4.0

PURPOSE: To examine agencies' progress in implementing the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) and the implications for IT acquisition reform and security. BACKGROUND: In December 2014, Congress enacted ...

Jun 7, 2017

Fast and Furious, Six Years Later

PURPOSE: To identify what the new officials at the Department of Justice can learn from the mistakes made by their predecessors in responding to Congress's inquiry.   To understand the effect of the Justice Department's obstruction on these witnesses. BACKGROUND:

May 25, 2017

Improper Payments in the Federal Government: Student Aid

PURPOSE: To evaluate the Department of Education's (the Department) progress towards accurately estimating improper payments and its plans to prevent them in the future.  To examine how the Department recovers overpayments. BACKGROUND: Improper ...

May 24, 2017

Examining ‘Sue and Settle’ Agreements: Part I

PURPOSE: To examine how environmental advocacy groups and federal agencies regulate through consent decrees using citizen lawsuit provisions in environmental laws. To discuss these lawsuits' impact on businesses and landowners, as well as potential long-term solutions. BACKGROUND: