Government Operations Subcommittee to Examine Intergovernmental Relations

Jul 22, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (July 22, 2019)—On Tuesday, July 23, 2019, Rep. Gerry Connolly, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, will hold a hearing on “Restoring the Partnership: The Future of Federalism in America.”


WHERE: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building


WHEN: Tuesday, July 23, 2019


TIME: 4:00 p.m.


A livestream of the hearings will be available here.




The subcommittee hearing will examine the state of federalism in the United States and discuss how Congress can improve intergovernmental processes, including the possibility of reestablishing the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (ACIR).




The Speaker’s Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs held hearings, briefings and examined legislative concepts to improve intergovernmental relations.  At one hearing, the Task Force evaluated the work of the ACIR, which ceased operations in 1996.  The Task Force received testimony from former ACIR Commissioners, ACIR staff, leading academics, as well as an executive director of a successful state-level commission on intergovernmental relations.  At the conclusion of that hearing, Congressman Rob Bishop and Chairman Connolly committed to introducing legislation that would re-establish and reform the ACIR.




Panel 1


Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT)

Member of Congress


Panel 2


Teresa Gerton

Executive Director

National Academy of Public Administration


Dr. Carl W. Stenberg III

Former Staff Member

U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations

James E. Holshouser, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Public Administration and Government

University of North Carolina


Matthew Chase

Executive Director

National Association of Counties


116th Congress