Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, announced subcommittee leadership positions today. Freshmen and veterans alike will hold gavels in the 112th Congress.
Democratic ranking members of the Oversight subcommitees were announced Thursday.
GAO’s biannual list includes 30 programs that are in trouble. House and Senate members promise to focus more of their attention on the initiatives most at risk. Members plan to use the model that worked for DoD and personnel security clearances in other problematic areas.
Rep. Issa and other Republicans criticize the administration for not testifying on GAO report on duplicative programs. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee promises quarterly hearings on how agencies are chipping away at the widespread overlap.
Nearly every President since Richard Nixon tried to revamp how the government works in one way or another, and few have found any real success. Experts say the focus should be getting Congressional buy-in first, and not promising cost savings. Four senior lawmakers ask OMB for more information on the status of the current restructuring effort.
A House committee held a discussion on openness in government and addressed the errors made in reporting data related to spending.
Republican House lawmakers are frustrated and concerned over the draft Executive Order requiring contractors to make campaign contributions public. OFPP’s Dan Gordon declines to answer specific questions about the proposal, but said transparency is key to ensuring trust in the procurement system.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will not consider a bill aimed at better federal government transparency, according to Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
Republican leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee introduced a bill to reduce the size of the federal government by 10 percent, codifying the deficit commission’s recommendation. The legislation also would not let agencies hire contractors to replace federal workers unless there is a ”financial advantage to the government.”
House lawmakers want to add the requirement for a White House official to oversee cybersecurty policy and budget across civilian agencies. Rep. Langevin said the current set up with DHS in charge of civilian networks isn’t good enough. Members also want more attention paid to the security of the supply chain.