Oct 3, 2017

Cybersecurity of the Internet of Things

PURPOSE: To examine the use of devices that comprise the Internet of Things (IoT) and their current and potential uses in federal government.  To explore potential cyber ...

Sep 26, 2017

Examining America’s Nuclear Waste Management and Storage

PURPOSE: To examine the management of our nation's increasing amount of nuclear waste. To highlight the challenges communities across the country face when dealing with nuclear waste. BACKGROUND: Over the last four decades, the nuclear ...

Sep 26, 2017

Recommendations of the Commission on Evidence-based Policymaking

PURPOSE: To examine recommendations from the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking (CEP). To understand how Congress can improve access to data, protect privacy and confidentiality, and facilitate the creation of evidence-based policies. BACKGROUND:

Sep 7, 2017

Illicit Drugs in International Mail

PURPOSE: To examine how the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) security standards for international mail facilitate an influx of illicit drugs to the United States. To examine a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report examining the costs and benefits of using electronic data to screen items sent through international mail.   ...

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, ...