Moving the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem: Challenges and Opportunities
PURPOSE: To discuss the benefits and challenges of relocating the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel-Aviv to the capital of Jerusalem. BACKGROUND: In each country worldwide, the United States embassy is located in their capital; however, the U.S. Embassy in Israel is located in Tel Aviv rather than Israel's capital of Jerusalem. Congress has ...
Examining the Regulation of Shark Finning in the United States
PURPOSE: To examine existing shark finning legislation and current issues with enforcement and reporting. BACKGROUND: Shark finning is the practice of removing the fins of a shark while at sea. Sharks ...
Overview of 16 Years of Involvement in Afghanistan
PURPOSE: To examine the Office of Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction's (SIGAR) recent report detailing lessons learned from the United States involvement in Afghan reconstruction. To discuss how to strengthen SIGAR's presence in Afghanistan. BACKGROUND:
Ongoing Management Challenges at IRS
PURPOSE: To conduct oversight over the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) operations To discuss a variety of management issues at the IRS ranging from the rehiring of problematic employees to questionable information technology. BACKGROUND:
Oversight of Federal Political Advertisement Laws and Regulations
PURPOSE: To examine the different regulations and laws that govern political advertisement disclaimers and disclosures. To highlight the importance of free speech and First Amendment implications of attempting to regulate political speech. BACKGROUND:
Regulatory Reform Task Forces Check-In
PURPOSE: To examine various agencies' implementation of the Administration's Executive Orders on regulatory reform. To highlight regulatory reform efforts conducted to-date. BACKGROUND: Earlier this year, President Trump issued two executive orders to form the foundation of the Administration's regulatory reform agenda. ...
Hearing on the 2020 Census
TAKEAWAYS: The Census Bureau must focus on modernizing data collection and delivering necessary IT infrastructure in the most cost-effective manner. The Census Bureau must ensure delivery of critical IT systems for 2018 end-to-end testing. Delays for delivery of critical IT systems pose significant risk for the security and the success of the census. Secretary Ross provided a new ...
Security Clearance Investigation Challenges and Reforms
PURPOSE: To discuss the merits of the Department of Defense's (DOD) plan to transfer the background investigation function from Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) National Background Investigation Bureau (NBIB) back to DOD. To examine recent reports on problems with interim clearance investigations, improper adjudications, and potential reforms to the investigation process.
Review of the U.S. Government’s Role in Protecting International Religious Freedom
PURPOSE: To examine the U.S. government's policy related to international religious freedom and how it impacts our national security. BACKGROUND: Under federal law, the State Department is required to designate countries of particular concern that violate religious freedom. Each year, the State Department's Bureau of ...