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Press Release Published: May 22, 2019

Oversight Ranking Members Urge Chairman Cummings to Develop Oversight Agenda from GAO’s Duplication Report

Full Committee on Oversight and Accountability
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, joined by all Ranking Members of the Oversight Subcommittees, sent a letter to Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and all Chairmen of Oversight Subcommittees, requesting that the Chairmen work with the Ranking Members to use the 2019 duplication report issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) as a blueprint for bipartisan oversight
This week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued its 9th annual report on duplication, overlap, and fragmentation in federal programs. Under the past three Republican Chairman, the Committee held bipartisan hearings on the annual duplication report. Chairman Cummings has made no plans to hold a hearing on the GAO’s 2019 duplication report.
Excerpt from the letter: 
“GAO’s 2019 duplication report includes several areas that relate directly to the jurisdiction of the Committee and each of its subcommittees. This duplication report should be a blueprint for our bipartisan oversight to reduce waste, fraud, and abuse in the federal government. We respectfully request that each Subcommittee Chairman commit to working with his Ranking Member to use the 2019 duplication report to develop an oversight agenda, including hearings, letters, and legislation as appropriate, to address open actions within the subcommittee’s jurisdiction.”
“As Chairman Cummings has counseled before, ‘our work in this Committee must not be driven by the next election.’ We hope that the Committee Democrats will stop their relentless focus on partisan attacks and work with Republicans on bipartisan solutions to improve the efficiency and operations of the government. We look forward to hearing from you on how we can work together to address these outstanding reform opportunities identified in GAO’s 2019 duplication report.”
Full text of the letters can be found here.