Feb 27, 2018

Federalism Implications of Treating States as Stakeholders

PURPOSE: To examine the roles of states in the federal decision-making process To explore how federal agencies engage with states when implementing federal law and policies BACKGROUND: Existing practices do not adequately support the states' role as partners in federal decision-making and policy administration, which, if embraced, could work to create smarter, less costly laws and ...

Feb 15, 2018

General Services Administration – Checking in with the Government’s Acquisition and Property Manager

PURPOSE: To examine acquisition and real property management initiatives and challenges at the General Services Administration (GSA). BACKGROUND: The GSA provides real estate, acquisition and technology services for the federal government workforce through two offices - the Public Buildings Service (PBS) and the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has placed ...

Feb 14, 2018

Game Changers: Artificial Intelligence Part I

WASHINGTON DC - Today, Information Technology (IT) Subcommittee Chairman Will Hurd (R-TX) announced a three-part hearing series on Artificial Intelligence (AI). The IT Subcommittee will identify and define criteria to guide government understanding and adoption of AI.  "Over the next ...

Jan 17, 2018

Battlefield Successes and Challenges – Recent Efforts to Win the War against ISIS

PURPOSE: To examine the current administration's rules of engagement, the subsequent battlefield wins against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and next steps in the war against radical Islamic terrorism. BACKGROUND: In January 2017, the Trump Administration put pressure on ISIS by increasing aerial bombing and the use of Special Forces. ISIS has lost roughly 95 percent of the territory the ...

Jan 16, 2018

The Obama Rapprochement with the Castro Regime: The Anatomy of a Policy Failure

PURPOSE: To examine actions taken by the United States to normalize relations with Cuba. To explore the dangers associated with further normalizing U.S. diplomatic relations with the Castro regime. BACKGROUND: In December 2014, the Obama Administration removed Cuba from the U.S. list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, restored diplomatic relations between the two countries, loosened American restrictions on ...

Dec 13, 2017

Oversight of the Bureau of Prisons and Inmate Reentry

PURPOSE: To examine Bureau of Prisons (BOP) policies related to BOP's Release Preparation Program and use of Residential Reentry Centers, including reviews made by the Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General (DOJ OIG) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO).  To discuss policy related to "The Fair Chance ...

Dec 7, 2017

Oversight of IT and Cybersecurity at the Department of Veterans Affairs

PURPOSE: To examine the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) information technology systems, including Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) performance, development of the Electronic Health Record system, and efforts to modernize its Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA). BACKGROUND: In June 2017, ...

Nov 29, 2017

Cybersecurity of Voting Machines

PURPOSE: To assess the current state of cybersecurity of vote tabulation machines.  To identify actions states, the Administration, and Congress can take to ensure voting machines are secure prior to the 2018 midterm elections. BACKGROUND:

Nov 29, 2017

Regulatory Reform Task Force Check-In Part III

PURPOSE: To examine agency implementation of the Administration's Executive Orders on regulatory reform. To highlight best practices as agencies continue to develop and operate their own task forces. 

Nov 28, 2017

Combating the Opioid Crisis

Purpose: To discuss the findings and recommendations from the President’s Commission on Combating Drug ...