H. Rept. 113-303 - 113th Congress (2013-2014)
December 20, 2013, As Reported by the Oversight and Government Reform Committee

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House Report 113-303 - ACTIVITIES of the HOUSE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM ONE HUNDRED THIRTEENTH CONGRESS FIRST SESSION DECEMBER 2013 (Pursuant to House Rule XI, 1(d)(1))




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                               ACTIVITIES

                                 of the

                    HOUSE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND

                           GOVERNMENT REFORM

                    ONE HUNDRED THIRTEENTH CONGRESS

                             FIRST SESSION

                             DECEMBER 2013

                  (Pursuant to House Rule XI, 1(d)(1))

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 December 20, 2013.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on 
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              COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM

                 DARRELL E. ISSA, California, Chairman
JOHN L. MICA, Florida                ELIJAH E. CUMMINGS, Maryland, 
MICHAEL R. TURNER, Ohio                  Ranking Minority Member
JOHN J. DUNCAN, JR., Tennessee       CAROLYN B. MALONEY, New York
PATRICK T. McHENRY, North Carolina   ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON, District of 
JIM JORDAN, Ohio                         Columbia
JASON CHAFFETZ, Utah                 JOHN F. TIERNEY, Massachusetts
TIM WALBERG, Michigan                WM. LACY CLAY, Missouri
JAMES LANKFORD, Oklahoma             STEPHEN F. LYNCH, Massachusetts
JUSTIN AMASH, Michigan               JIM COOPER, Tennessee
PAUL A. GOSAR, Arizona               GERALD E. CONNOLLY, Virginia
PATRICK MEEHAN, Pennsylvania         JACKIE SPEIER, California
SCOTT DesJARLAIS, Tennessee          MATTHEW A. CARTWRIGHT, 
TREY GOWDY, South Carolina               Pennsylvania
BLAKE FARENTHOLD, Texas              TAMMY DUCKWORTH, Illinois
DOC HASTINGS, Washington             ROBIN L. KELLY, Illinois
CYNTHIA M. LUMMIS, Wyoming           DANNY K. DAVIS, Illinois
ROB WOODALL, Georgia                 PETER WELCH, Vermont
THOMAS MASSIE, Kentucky              TONY CARDENAS, California
DOUG COLLINS, Georgia                STEVEN A. HORSFORD, Nevada
MARK MEADOWS, North Carolina         MICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAM, New Mexico
KERRY L. BENTIVOLIO, Michigan
RON DeSANTIS, Florida

                   Lawrence J. Brady, Staff Director
                John D. Cuaderes, Deputy Staff Director
                    Stephen Castor, General Counsel
                       Linda A. Good, Chief Clerk
                 David Rapallo, Minority Staff Director














                         LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL

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                  House of Representatives,
                             Committee on Oversight
                                     and Government Reform,
                                 Washington, DC, December 20, 2013.
Hon. John A. Boehner,
Speaker of the House of Representatives,
Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Speaker: In accordance with Rule XI(1)(d)(1) of 
the Rules of the House of Representatives, I respectfully 
submit the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform's 
activities report for the First Session of the 113th Congress.
            Sincerely,
                                              Darrell Issa,
                                                          Chairman.















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  ACTIVITIES OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM

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 December 20, 2013.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on 
            the State of the Union and ordered to be printed

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   Mr. Issa, from the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, 
                        submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

    In 2013, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform 
has continued the work it began in the 112th Congress to 
conduct the meaningful oversight of the Executive Branch, and 
offer substantive reform proposals to save taxpayer money and 
improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the federal 
government.
    In its efforts to highlight the federal government's waste, 
fraud, mismanagement, and malfeasance, the Committee and its 
Subcommittees have held 96 hearings, conducted nearly 100 
transcribed interviews and depositions, sent some 500 letters 
to federal agencies and recipients of federal funding 
requesting documents and information, and reviewed several 
million documents produced to the Committee in response to 
requests and subpoenas.
    Pursuant to House Rule XI, this report contains a detailed 
list of legislative and oversight activities, as well as 
summaries of actions taken with respect to the Committee's 
adopted oversight plan, additional oversight and investigation 
activities, and hearings held on items in the Government 
Accountability Office's biannual High Risk list or the federal 
government's financial statements.

                       I. Legislative Activities


                         BILLS ENACTED INTO LAW

    H.R. 1171, FOR VETS Act of 2013. Introduced by Rep. Dan 
Benishek on March 14, 2013; reported by the Committee on 6/25/
13 (H. Rept. 113-126); passed the House on 7/8/13 (387-1); 
passed Senate on 8/1/13 (UC); and became Public Law 113-26 on 
8/9/13.
    H.R. 1246, District of Columbia Chief Financial Officer 
Vacancy Act. Introduced by Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton on 3/19/
2013; reported by the Committee on 4/12/13 (H. Rept. 113-37); 
passed the House on 4/15 (voice vote); passed the Senate on 4/
18/13 (UC); and became Public Law 113-8 on 5/1/13.

                       BILLS PASSED BY THE HOUSE

    H.R. 273, to eliminate the 2013 statutory pay adjustment 
for Federal employees. Introduced by Rep. Ron DeSantis on 1/15/
13. History: Was not acted on by the OGR Committee; passed 
House on 2/15/13 by vote of 261-154.
    H.R. 313, Government Spending Accountability Act of 2013. 
Introduced by Rep. Jo Ann Emerson on 1/18/13 (Rep. Farenthold 
later was added as the sponsor upon the retirement of Rep. 
Emerson). History: Marked up by the Committee on 3/20/13 and 
reported favorably, as amended, by voice vote; report filed in 
House on 7/30/13 (H. Rept. 113-183); passed House on 7/31/13 by 
a voice vote.
    H.R. 850, Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013. Introduced 
by Rep. Edward Royce on 2/27/13. History: Was not acted on by 
OGR Committee and on 7/30/13 OGR Committee discharged; passed 
House on 7/31/13 by a vote of 400-20-1.
    H.R. 882, Contracting and Tax Accountability Act of 2013. 
Introduced by Rep. Jason Chaffetz on 2/28/13. History: Marked 
up by the Committee on 3/20/13 and reported favorably, by voice 
vote; report filed in House on 4/12/13 (H. Rept. 113-35); 
passed House on 4/15/13 by a vote of 407-0.
    H.R. 1162, Government Accountability Office Improvement 
Act. Introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa on 3/14/13. History: 
Marked up by the Committee on 3/20/13 and reported favorably, 
by voice vote; report filed in House on 4/12/13 (H. Rept. 113-
36); passed House on 4/15/13 by a vote of 408-0.
    H.R. 1163, Federal Information Security Amendments Act of 
2013. Introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa on 3/14/13. History: 
Marked up by the Committee on 3/20/13 and reported favorably, 
by voice vote; report filed in House on 4/16/13 (H. Rept. 113-
40); passed House on 4/16/13 by a vote of 416-0.
    H.R. 1660, Government Customer Service Improvement Act of 
2013. Introduced by Rep. Henry Cuellar on 4/19/13. History: 
Marked up by the Committee on 7/24/13 and reported favorably, 
as amended, by voice vote; passed House on 7/31/13 by a voice 
vote.
    H.R. 1797, Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. 
Introduced by Rep. Trent Franks on 4/26/13. History: Was not 
acted on by OGR Committee and on 6/14/13 OGR Committee 
discharged; passed House on 6/18/13 by a vote of 228-196.
    H.R. 2061, Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 
2013. Introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa on 5/21/13. History: 
Marked up by the Committee on 5/22/13 and reported favorably, 
as amended, by voice vote; report filed in House on 11/18/13 
(H. Rept. 113-270); passed House on 11/18/13 by a vote of 388-
1.
    H.R. 2879, Stop Government Abuse Act. Introduced by Rep. 
Lynn Jenkins on 7/31/13. History: Was not acted on by OGR 
Committee; passed House on 8/1/13 by a vote of 239-176.
    H.R. 3223, Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act. 
Introduced by Rep. James Moran on 9/30/13. History: Was not 
acted on by OGR Committee; passed House on 10/5/13 by a vote of 
407-0.
    H.R. 3343, to amend the District of Columbia Home Rule Act 
to clarify the rules regarding the determination of the 
compensation of the Chief Financial Officer of the District of 
Columbia. Introduced by Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton on 10/28/13. 
History: Marked up by the Committee on 10/29/13 and reported 
favorably, by voice vote; report filed in House on 11/15/13 (H. 
Rept. 113-267); passed House on 11/18/13 by voice vote.

                         BILLS FAILED IN HOUSE

    H.R. 249, Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act of 2013. 
Introduced by Rep. Jason Chaffetz on 1/15/2013. History: Marked 
up by the Committee on 3/20/13, and reported favorably, by 
voice vote; report filed in House on 4/12/13 (H. Rept. 113-38); 
failed in House under suspension of the rules by a vote of 250-
159.

                     BILLS PASSED BY THE COMMITTEE

    H.R. 328, the Excess Federal Building and Property Disposal 
Act of 2013. Introduced by Rep. Jason Chaffetz on 1/22/13. 
History: Marked up by the Committee on 3/20/13 and reported 
favorably, by voice vote.
    H.R. 568, to amend title 5, United States Code, to require 
that the Office of Personnel Management submit an annual report 
to Congress relating to the use of official time by Federal 
employees. Introduced by Rep. Dennis Ross on 2/6/13. History: 
Marked up by the Committee on 5/22/13 and reported favorably, 
as amended, by voice vote. Report filed in House on 7/16/13 (H. 
Rept. 113-154).
    H.R. 899, Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency 
Act of 2013. Introduced by Rep. Virginia Foxx. History: Marked 
up by the Committee on 7/24/13 and reported favorably, as 
amended, by a recorded vote of 22 ayes to 17 noes.
    H.R. 1104, Federal Advisory Committee Reform Act. 
Introduced by Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay on 3/13/13. Marked up by the 
Committee on 3/20/13 and reported favorably, by voice vote.
    H.R. 1133, Presidential Library Donation Reform Act of 
2013. Introduced by Rep. John J. Duncan on 3/13/13. History: 
Marked up by the Committee on 3/20/13 and reported favorably, 
by voice vote; report filed in House on 6/20/13 (H. Rept. 113-
118).
    H.R. 1211, FOIA Act. Introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa on 3/
15/13. History: Marked up by the Committee on 3/20/13 and 
reported favorably, as amended, by voice vote; report filed in 
House on 7/16/13 (H. Rept. 113-155).
    H.R. 1232, Federal Information Technology Acquisition 
Reform Act. Introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa on 3/18/13. 
History: Marked up by the Committee on 3/20/13 and reported 
favorably, by voice vote.
    H.R. 1233, Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments 
of 2013. Introduced by Rep. Elijah Cummings on 3/18/13. 
History: Marked up by the Committee on 3/20/13 and reported 
favorably, as amended, by voice vote; report filed in House on 
6/25/13 (H. Rept. 113-127).
    H.R. 1234, Electronic Message Preservation Act. Introduced 
by Rep. Elijah Cummings on 3/18/13. History: Marked up by the 
Committee on 3/20/13 and reported favorably, as amended, by 
voice vote; report filed in House on 6/25/13 (H. Rept. 113-
128).
    H.R. 1380, Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act. 
Introduced by Rep. Mike Quigley on 3/21/13. History: Marked up 
by the Committee on 5/22/13 and reported favorably, as amended, 
by voice vote.
    H.R. 1423, Taxpayers Right-to-Know Act. Introduced by Rep. 
James Lankford on 4/9/13. History: Marked up by the Committee 
on 7/24/13 and reported favorably, as amended, by voice vote.
    H.R. 1541, Common Sense in Compensation Act. Introduced by 
Rep. Mark Meadows on 4/12/13. History: Marked up by the 
Committee on 7/24/13 and reported favorably, as amended, by 
voice vote. On 7/31/13, considered in House under suspension of 
the rules, and on 8/1/13 was laid on the table.
    H.R. 2067, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 
Personnel Flexibilities Act. Introduced by Rep. Mark Meadows on 
5/21/13. History: Marked up by the Committee on 5/22/13 and 
reported favorably, by voice vote; report filed in House on 7/
16/13 (H. Rept. 113-156).
    H.R. 2579, Government Employee Accountability Act. 
Introduced by Rep. Mike Kelly on 6/28/13. History: Marked up by 
the Committee on 7/24/13 and reported favorably, as amended, by 
voice vote; report filed in House 7/31/13 (H. Rept. 113-186). 
On 7/31/13, considered in House under suspension of the rules, 
and on 8/1/13 was laid on the table.
    H.R. 2711, Citizen Empowerment Act. Introduced by Rep. Lynn 
Jenkins on 7/17/13. History: Marked up by the Committee on 7/
24/13 and reported favorably, as amended, by voice vote; report 
filed in House on 7/30/13 (H. Rept. 113-184). On 7/31/13, 
considered in House under suspension of the rules, and on 8/1/
13 was laid on the table.
    H.R. 2748, Postal Reform Act of 2013. Introduced by Rep. 
Darrell Issa on 7/19/13. History: Marked up by the Committee on 
7/24/13 and reported favorably, as amended, by a vote of 22-17.
    H.R. 2793, District of Columbia Financial Efficiency Act of 
2013. Introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa on 7/23/13. History: 
Marked up by the Committee on 7/24/13 and reported favorably, 
by unanimous consent.
    H.R. 2860, OPM IG Act. Introduced by Rep. Blake Farenthold 
on 7/30/13. History: Marked up by the Committee on 10/29/13 and 
reported favorably, by voice vote.
    H.R. 3316, GRANT Act. Introduced by Rep. James Lankford on 
10/23/13. History: Marked up by the Committee on 10/29/13 and 
reported favorably, as amended, by a vote of 19 ayes to 15 
nays.
    H.R. 3345, SUSPEND Act. Introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa on 
10/28/13. History: Marked up by the Committee on 10/29/13 and 
reported favorably, by voice vote.

                        II. Oversight Activities


                  COMMITTEE MEETINGS AND HEARINGS HELD

    Jan. 22, 2013, 12:30 p.m.--Full Committee Organization 
Meeting.
    Jan. 22, 2013, 1:00 p.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``Wasting Information Technology Dollars: How Can the Federal 
Government Reform its IT Investment Strategy?'' Witnesses: The 
Honorable Tom Davis, Former Member of Congress, and Chairman of 
the Government Reform Committee; Mr. Steven VanRoekel, Federal 
CIO, Office of Management and Budget; Mr. David Powner, 
Director, Information Technology Management Issues, U.S. 
Government Accountability Office; Douglas Bourgeois, Vice 
President, Chief Executive, VMware, Inc.; Michael Klayko, 
Advisor and CEO, Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.; Chris 
Niehaus, Director, Office of Civic Innovation, Microsoft 
Corporation
    Feb. 5, 2013, 12:30 p.m.--Full Committee Business Meeting.
    Feb. 5, 2013, 1:00 p.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``Government Spending: How Can We Best Address the Billions of 
Dollars Wasted Every Year?''. Witnesses: Mr. Thomas A. Schatz, 
President, Citizens Against Government Waste; Mr. Ryan 
Alexander, President, Taxpayers for Common Sense; The Honorable 
Dan G. Blair, President, National Academy of Public 
Administration; Mr. John M. Kamensky, Senior Fellow, IBM Center 
for the Business of Government.
    Feb. 13, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Subcommittee on National 
Security hearing entitled, ``U.S. Direct Assistance in 
Afghanistan: Ensuring Transparency and Accountability.'' 
Witnesses: Mr. John F. Sopko, Special Inspector General for 
Afghanistan Reconstruction.
    Feb. 14, 2013, 10:15 a.m.--Full Committee Business Meeting.
    Feb. 14, 2013, 10:30 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``Exploring GAO's High Risk List and Opportunities for 
Reform.'' Witnesses: The Honorable Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller 
General of the United States, U.S. Government Accountability 
Office.
    Feb. 14, 2013, 1:00 p.m.--Subcommittee on Energy Policy, 
Health Care and Entitlements hearing entitled, ``The Effects of 
Rising Energy Costs on American Families and Employers.'' 
Witnesses: Mr. George Hand, General Manager, Canadian Valley 
Electric Cooperative; Ms. Paula Carmody, President, National 
Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates; Mr. Eugene M. 
Trisko, Attorney at Law and Energy Economist; Mr. Daniel Weiss, 
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress Action Fund; Mr. 
Daniel R. Simmons, Director of Regulatory and State Affairs, 
Institute for Energy Research.
    Feb. 14, 2013, 2:00 p.m.--Subcommittee on Economic Growth, 
Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs hearing entitled, 
``Unintended Consequences: Is Government Effectively Addressing 
the Unemployment Crisis?'' Witnesses: Casey B. Mulligan, Ph.D., 
Professor in Economics, The University of Chicago; Eugene 
Steuerle, Ph.D., Institute Fellow and Richard B. Fisher Chair, 
The Urban Institute; Ms. Annie Carter, Owner and President, 
Carter Machine Company; Chad Stone, Ph.D., Chief Economist, 
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; The Honorable Stacey 
Reece, Former Member of the Georgia State House, Franchise 
Owner, Spherion.
    Feb. 26, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Subcommittee on Economic Growth, 
Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs hearing entitled, ``Bailout 
Rewards: The Treasury Department's Continued Approval of 
Excessive Pay for Executives at Taxpayer-Funded Companies.'' 
Witnesses: The Honorable Christy Romero, Special Inspector 
General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, U.S. Department 
of the Treasury; Ms. Patricia Geoghegan, Acting Special Master 
for TARP Executive Compensation, U. S. Department of the 
Treasury.
    Feb. 27, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``Time to Reform Information Technology Acquisition: The 
Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act.'' Witnesses: Mr. Richard 
Spires, Chief Information Officer, Department of Homeland 
Security; Ms. Cristina Chaplain, Director, Acquisition and 
Sourcing Management, Government Accountability Office; The 
Honorable Daniel Gordon, Associate Dean for Government 
Procurement Law Studies, George Washington University Law 
School, Former Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement 
Policy, OMB; Mr. Stan Soloway, President and CEO, Professional 
Services Council; Mr. Paul Misener, Vice President, Global 
Public Policy, Amazon.com.
    Feb. 27, 2013, 1:30 p.m.--Subcommittee on Federal 
Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census hearing entitled, 
``The Road Less Traveled: Reducing Federal Travel & Conference 
Spending.'' Witnesses: The Honorable Rush Holt, Representative 
for the 12th Congressional District of New Jersey; The 
Honorable Danny Werfel, Controller, U.S. Office of Management 
and Budget; Ms. Cynthia Metzler, Chief Administrative Services 
Officer, U.S. General Services Administration.
    Feb. 27, 2013, 2:00 p.m.--Subcommittee on Government 
Operations hearing entitled, ``Failures in Managing Federal 
Real Property: Billions in Losses.'' Witnesses: Dorothy Robyn, 
Ph.D., Commissioner, Public Buildings Service, U.S. General 
Services Administration; Mr. David Wise, Director, Physical 
Infrastructure Team, U.S. Government Accountability Office; Mr. 
Leonard Gilroy, Director of Government Reform, Reason 
Foundation.
    March 5, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``Reducing Waste and Mismanagement: Implementing Agency 
Watchdogs' Recommendations Could Save Taxpayers Billions'' 
Witnesses: The Honorable Anthony W. Miller, Deputy Secretary, 
U.S. Department of Education; The Honorable Kathleen S. Tighe, 
Inspector General, U.S. Department of Education; The Honorable 
John D. Porcari, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of 
Transportation; and The Honorable Calvin L. Scovel III, 
Inspector General, U.S. Department of Transportation.
    Mar. 13, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``Addressing Transparency in the Federal Bureaucracy: Moving 
Toward A More Open Government.'' Witnesses: Ms. Angela 
Canterbury, Director of Public Policy, Project on Government 
Oversight; Mr. Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy 
Studies, Cato Institute; Mr. Daniel Schuman, Policy Counsel, 
Director of the Advisory Committee on Transparency, The 
Sunlight Foundation; Ms. Celia Viggo Wexler, Senior Washington 
Representative, Center for Science and Democracy, Union of 
Concerned Scientists.
    Mar. 19, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``DOD and DHS: Implementing Agency Watchdogs' Recommendations 
Could Save Taxpayers Billions.'' Witnesses: The Honorable 
Robert Hale, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), U.S. 
Department of Defense; Ms. Lynne Halbrooks, Principal Deputy 
Inspector General, U.S. Department of Defense; The Honorable 
Rafael Borras, Under Secretary for Management, U.S. Department 
of Homeland Security; Mr. Charles Edwards, Deputy Inspector 
General, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
    Mar. 19, 2013, 1:30 p.m.--A Joint Hearing of the 
Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory 
Affairs and the Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal 
Service and the Census entitled, ``Sequestration Oversight: 
Understanding the Administration's Decision on Spending Cuts 
and Furloughs.'' Witnesses: Mr. David Robbins, Managing 
Director, Federal Communications Commission; Mr. Michael Young, 
USDA Budget Director, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Mr. Hari 
Sastry, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Resource Management, 
U.S. Department of Commerce.
    Mar. 19, 2013, 3:00 p.m.--Subcommittee on Energy Policy, 
Health Care and Entitlements entitled, ``The Department of 
Energy's Strategy for Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas.'' 
Witnesses: Mr. Chris Smith, Acting Assistant Secretary for 
Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy; Mr. Tom Choi, 
National Practice Leader--Gas, Deloitte MarketPoint LLC; Mr. 
Paul N. Cicio, President, Industrial Energy Consumers of 
America; Charles K. Ebinger, Ph.D, Director, Foreign Policy, 
Energy Security Initiative, Brookings Institute.
    Mar. 20, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Full Committee Business Meeting.
    Apr. 9, 2013, 2:00 p.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``Reducing Waste in Government: Addressing GAO's 2013 Report on 
Duplicative Federal Programs.'' Witnesses: The Honorable Gene 
L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States, U.S. 
Government Accountability Office.
    Apr. 10, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``U.S. Foreign Assistance: What Oversight Mechanisms are in 
Place to Ensure Accountability?'' Witnesses: The Honorable John 
F. Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan 
Reconstruction; The Honorable Harold W. Geisel, Deputy 
Inspector General, U.S. Department of State; Mr. Michael G. 
Carroll, Deputy Inspector General, U.S. Agency for 
International Development; The Honorable Kenneth P. Moorefield, 
Deputy Inspector General for Special Plans and Operations, U.S. 
Department of Defense; Mr. Paul H. Cooksey, Deputy Special 
Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.
    Apr. 10, 2013, 1:30 p.m.--Subcommittee on Federal 
Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census hearing entitled, 
``Ahead of Postal Reform: Hearing from USPS Business 
Partners.'' Witnesses: Mr. Steven Brandt, President and 
Publisher, Greenville News; Ms. Joy Franckowiak, Director, 
Postal Affairs and Distribution, Valpak; Ms. Meta Brophy, 
Director, Procurement Operations, Consumer Reports; Mr. Carl 
Janssens, VP Pharmacy Operations, CVS Caremark; Mr. Ken Garner, 
President & CEO, Association of Marketing Service Providers; 
Mr. Jerry Cerasale, Senior Vice President of Government 
Affairs, Direct Marketing Association.
    Apr. 11, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Subcommittee on Federal 
Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census hearing entitled, 
``The Federal Employees Health Benefit Program: Is it a Good 
Value for Federal Employees?'' Witnesses: Mr. Jonathan Foley, 
Director, Planning and Policy Analysis, U.S. Office of 
Personnel Management; Mr. William A. Breskin, Vice President of 
Government Programs, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association; 
Mr. Thomas C. Choate, Chief Growth Officer, UnitedHealthcare; 
Mr. Mark Merritt, President and CEO, Pharmaceutical Care 
Management Association; Ms. Jacqueline Simon, Public Policy 
Director, American Federation of Government Employees.
    Apr. 16, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``Open to Visitors? Assessing the Federal Effort to Minimize 
the Sequester's Impact on Access to Our Nation's Capital and 
National Treasures.'' Witnesses: The Honorable David Ferriero, 
Archivist of the United States, National Archives and Records 
Administration; The Honorable Jonathan Jarvis, Director, 
National Park Service; G. Wayne Clough, Ph.D., Secretary, 
Smithsonian Institution.
    Apr. 17, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``Options to Bring the Postal Service Back from Insolvency.'' 
Witnesses: The Honorable Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General, U.S. 
Government Accountability Office; The Honorable Mickey Barnett, 
Chairman, Board of Governors, United States Postal Service; The 
Honorable Patrick Donahoe, Postmaster General and Chief 
Executive Officer, United States Postal Service; Mr. Frederic 
Rolando, President, National Association of Letter Carriers, 
AFL-CIO.
    Apr. 17, 2013, 2:00 p.m.--Subcommittee on National Security 
hearing entitled, ``Contracting to Feed U.S. Troops in 
Afghanistan: How did the Defense Department end up in a Multi-
Billion Dollar Billing Dispute?'' Witnesses: Mr. Michael 
Schuster, Managing Director Logistics Division, Supreme Group 
B.V.; Mr. Daniel Blair, Deputy Inspector General for Auditing, 
U.S. Department of Defense; Mr. Matthew Beebe, Deputy Senior 
Acquisition Executive, Defense Logistics Agency; Mr. William 
Kenny, Acquisition Executive, Troop Support, Defense Logistics 
Agency; Mr. Gary Shifton, Chief, OCONUS Division, Defense 
Logistics Agency.
    Apr. 18, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Subcommittee on National Security 
hearing entitled, ``Sequestration Oversight: Prioritizing 
Security over Administrative Costs at TSA.'' Witnesses: Mr. 
John W. Halinski, Deputy Administrator, Transportation Security 
Administration.
    Apr. 24, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``Broken Promises: the Small Business Lending Fund's Backdoor 
Bank Bailout.'' Witnesses: The Honorable Christy L. Romero, 
Special Inspector General, Office of the Special Inspector 
General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program.
    Apr. 24, 2013, 2:00 p.m.--Subcommittee on Economic Growth 
entitled, ``Green Energy Oversight: Examining the Department of 
Energy's Bad Bet on Fisker Automotive.'' Witnesses: Mr. 
Nicholas Whitcombe, Supervisory Senior Investment Officer, LPO, 
Department of Energy; Mr. Henrik Fisker, Former Executive 
Chairman, Fisker Automotive; Mr. Bernhard Koehler, Chief 
Operating Officer, Fisker Automotive; Mr. Nicolas Loris, 
Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow, The Heritage Foundation; Ms. 
Zoe Lipman, Independent Consultant.
    Apr. 25, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Subcommittee on Government 
Operations hearing entitled, ``Government Operations Oversight: 
Addressing Unused and Vacant Federal Property.'' Off-site 
hearing located at: 49 L Street S.E. in Washington, D.C. 
Witnesses: Mr. Michael Gelber, Deputy Commissioner, Public 
Buildings Service, General Services Administration; Mr. David 
Wise, Director, Physical Infrastructure Team, U.S. Government 
Accountability Office; The Honorable Tommy Wells, D.C. 
Councilmember, Ward 6; Mr. Ed Kaminski, Commissioner, 
Washington DC Advisory Neighborhood Commissions.
    Apr. 25, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Subcommittee on National 
Security and Subcommittee on Economic Growth joint hearing 
entitled, ``Oversight of the Federal Government's Procurement 
of Ammunition.'' Witnesses: Nick Nayak, Ph.D., Chief 
Procurement Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Mr. 
Humberto Medina, Assistant Director, National Firearms and 
Tactical Training Unit, U.S. Immigration and Customs 
Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, (Also Chair 
of the DHS Weapons and Ammunition Commodity Council); The 
Honorable Patrick P. O'Carroll, Jr., Inspector General, Office 
of the Inspector General, Social Security Administration; Mr. 
Jon Adler, National President, National Law Enforcement 
Officers Association.
    Apr. 25, 2013, 10:30 a.m.--Subcommittee on Energy Policy, 
Health Care and Entitlements hearing entitled, ``Examining the 
Lack of Transparency and Consumer Driven Market Forces in U.S. 
Health Care.'' Witnesses: Marty Makary M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S., 
Surgeon, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Health Policy Professor, Johns 
Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; John Goodman, Ph.D., 
President and Chief Executive Officer, National Center for 
Policy Analysis; Ms. Lynn Quincy, Senior Health Policy Analyst, 
Consumers Union.
    May 7, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Joint hearing of the Subcommittee 
on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs and the 
Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Constitution and Civil 
Justice entitled, ``DOJ's Quid Pro Quo with St. Paul: A 
Whistleblower's Perspective.'' Witnesses: The Honorable Charles 
E. Grassley, United States Senator from Iowa; The Honorable 
Johnny Isakson, United States Senator from Georgia; Mr. 
Fredrick Newell, Community Activist, St. Paul, Minnesota; Mr. 
Thomas F. DeVincke, Attorney representing Mr. Newell in Newell 
v. City of St. Paul; Ms. Shelley R. Slade, Partner, Vogel, 
Slade & Goldstein, LLP.
    May 8, 2013, 11:30 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``Benghazi: Exposing Failure and Recognizing Courage.'' 
Witnesses: Mr. Mark Thompson, Deputy Coordinator for 
Operations, Bureau of Counterterrorism and Leader, Foreign 
Emergency Support Team, U.S. Department of State; Mr. Gregory 
Hicks, Foreign Service Officer and former Deputy Chief of 
Mission/Charge d'Affairs in Libya, U.S. Department of State; 
Mr. Eric Nordstrom, Diplomatic Security Officer and former 
Regional Security Officer in Libya, U.S. Department of State.
    May 9, 2013, 9:00 a.m.--Subcommittee on Government 
Operations hearing entitled, ``Federal Government Approaches to 
Issuing Biometric IDs.'' Witnesses: Mr. Stephen Sadler, 
Assistant Administrator, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, 
Transportation Security Administration; Mr. Stephen A. Lord, 
Director, Forensic Audits and Investigations, U.S. Government 
Accountability Office.
    May 9, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, 
Postal Service and the Census hearing entitled, ``Is OPM 
Processing Federal Worker Pension Claims on Time?'' Witnesses: 
Mr. Patrick McFarland, Inspector General, U.S. Office of 
Personnel Management; Mr. Kenneth Zawodny, Associate Director, 
Retirement Services, U.S. Office of Personnel Management; Ms. 
Valerie C. Melvin, Director, Information Management & 
Technology Resource Issues, U.S. Government Accountability 
Office; Dr. George Kettner, President, Economic Systems, Inc.; 
Mr. Joseph A. Beaudoin, President, National Active and Retired 
Federal Employees Assoc. (NARFE).
    May 14, 2013, 2:30 p.m.--Subcommittee on Government 
Operations Field Hearing entitled, ``Data Centers and the 
Cloud: Is the Government Optimizing New Information 
Technologies Opportunities to Save Taxpayers Money?'' Held in 
the Meese Conference Room in Mason Hall at George Mason 
University, Fairfax, VA. Witnesses: Mr. David A. Powner, 
Director, Information Technology Management Issues, U.S. 
Government Accountability Office; Mr. Bernard Mazer, Chief 
Information Officer, Department of the Interior; Mr. Steve 
O'Keeffe, Founder, MeriTalk; Ms. Teresa H. Carlson, Vice 
President, World Wide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services; Mr. 
Kenyon Wells, Vice President of U.S. Federal, CGI Federal.
    May 15, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Full Committee Briefing by the 
Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, on Fed Activities. 
Closed Briefing only open to Committee Members.
    May 16, 2013, 10:30 a.m.--Subcommittee on Energy Policy, 
Health Care and Entitlements hearing entitled, ``Opportunities 
Lost: Constraints on Oil and Gas Production on Federal Lands 
and Waters.'' Witnesses: Mr. Tommy P. Beaudreau, Acting 
Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, U.S. 
Department of the Interior; Mr. Frank Rusco, Director, Natural 
Resources and Environment, U.S. Government Accountability 
Office.
    May 21, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Joint Hearing of the Subcommittee 
on Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements and the 
Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory 
Affairs entitled, ``Examining the Concerns About ObamaCare 
Outreach Campaign.'' Witnesses: Mr. Gary Cohen, Deputy 
Administrator and Director, Center for Consumer Information and 
Insurance Oversight, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid 
Services.
    May 22, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``The IRS: Targeting Americans for Their Political Beliefs.'' 
Witnesses: The Honorable J. Russell George Inspector General, 
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, The 
Honorable Douglas Shulman, Former Commissioner, Internal 
Revenue Service; Ms. Lois G. Lerner, Director, Exempt 
Organizations, Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division, 
Internal Revenue Service; The Honorable Neal S. Wolin, Deputy 
Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury.
    May 22, 2013, 1:00 p.m.--Full Committee Business Meeting.
    June 5, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, 
U.S. Postal Service and the Census hearing entitled, ``OPM's 
Revolving Fund: A Cycle of Government Waste?'' Witnesses: The 
Honorable Patrick E. McFarland, Inspector General, U.S. Office 
of Personnel Management; Charles D. Grimes, III, Chief 
Operating Officer, U.S. Office of Personnel Management; Linda 
E. Brooks Rix, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Avue Technologies 
Corporation.
    June 5, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Subcommittee on Energy Policy, 
Health Care and Entitlements hearing entitled, ``Up Against the 
Blend Wall: Examining EPA's Role in the Renewable Fuel 
Standard.'' Witnesses: Mr. Christopher Grundler, Director, 
Office of Transportation & Air Quality, U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency; Mr. Jack Gerard, President and CEO, American 
Petroleum Institute; Mr. Lucian Pugliaresi, President, Energy 
Policy Research Foundation Inc.; Mr. Joel Brandenberger, 
President, National Turkey Federation; Jeremy I. Martin, Ph.D., 
Senior Scientist, Clean Vehicles Program, Union of Concerned 
Scientists.
    June 6, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``Collected and Wasted: The IRS Spending Culture and Conference 
Abuses.'' Witnesses: The Honorable J. Russell George, Inspector 
General, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration; Mr. 
Gregory Kutz, Assistant Inspector General for Audit, Treasury 
Inspector General for Tax Administration; Mr. Faris Fink, 
Commissioner, Small Business and Self-Employed Division, 
Internal Revenue Service; Mr. Danny Werfel, Acting 
Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service.
    June 10, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Subcommittee on Government 
Operations Field Hearing entitled, ``The Delphi Pension 
Bailout: Unequal Treatment of Retirees.'' Held at the Sinclair 
Community College in Dayton, Ohio. Witnesses: Mr. Bruce Gump, 
Delphi Salaried Retirees Association; Ms. Mary Miller, Delphi 
Salaried Retirees Association; Mr. Tom Rose, Delphi Salaried 
Retirees Association; Mr. Paul Dobosz, Delphi Salaried Retirees 
Association; Mr. James Sherk, Senior Policy Analyst in Labor 
Economics, The Heritage Foundation.
    June 12, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``Protecting Taxpayer Dollars: Is the Government Using 
Suspension and Debarment Effectively?'' Witnesses: Mr. John 
Neumann, Acting Director, Acquisition and Sourcing Management, 
U.S. Government Accountability Office; The Honorable Angela B. 
Styles, Partner, Crowell & Moring, Washington, D.C., (Former 
Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, OMB); Mr. 
Scott H. Amey, General Counsel, Project on Government 
Oversight.
    June 13, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Subcommittee on National 
Security hearing entitled, ``Examining the Government's Record 
on Implementing the International Religious Freedom Act.'' 
Witnesses: The Honorable Suzan Johnson Cook, Ambassador-at-
Large for International Religious Freedom, U.S. Department of 
State; Katrina Lantos Swett, Ph.D., Chair, U.S. Commission on 
International Religious Freedom; Thomas F. Farr, Ph.D., 
Director of the Religious Freedom Project, Berkley Center for 
Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown University; Ms. 
Tina Ramirez, President, Hardwired, Inc.; Mr. Amjad Mahmood 
Khan, National Director of Public Affairs, Ahmadiyya Muslim 
Community USA; Chris Seiple, Ph.D., President, Institute for 
Global Engagement.
    June 18, 2013, 9:00 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``Reinventing Government.'' Witnesses: The Honorable David M. 
Walker, Government Transformation Initiative; The Honorable 
Stephen Goldsmith, Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of 
Government, Director, Innovations in Government Program, John 
F. Kennedy School of Government; Ms. Elaine C. Kamarck, Ph.D., 
Director, Management and Leadership Institute, Senior Fellow, 
Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution; Mr. Daniel J. 
Chenok, Executive Director, IBM Center for the Business of 
Government; Mr. J. David Cox, National President, American 
Federation of Government Employees.
    June 19, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Subcommittee on Government 
Operations hearing entitled, ``Federal Government Approaches to 
Issuing Biometric IDs: Part II.'' Witnesses: Mr. Charles H. 
Romine, Director of the Information Technology Laboratory, 
National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department 
of Commerce; Mr. Steven Martinez, Executive Assistant Director 
of the Science and Technology Branch, Federal Bureau of 
Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice; Mr. John Allen, 
Director of the Flight Standards Service, Federal Aviation 
Administration; Ms. Colleen Manaher, Executive Director of 
Planning, Program Analysis, and Evaluation, Office of Field 
Operations, Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of 
Homeland Security; Ms. Brenda Sprague, Deputy Assistant 
Secretary for Passport Services, U.S. Department of State.
    June 21, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Subcommittee on Government 
Operations Field Hearing entitled, ``Building a Better 
Partnership: Exploring the Mine Safety and Health 
Administration's Regulation of Southern Appalachian Mining.'' 
Held at the Mitchell County Historic Courthouse in Bakersville, 
North Carolina. Witnesses: Mr. Marvin Lichtenfels, Deputy 
Administrator for Metal/Non-Metal, Mine Safety and Health 
Administration; Mr. Sam Bratton, President, North Carolina 
Aggregates Association; Mr. Jeff Stoll, Safety and Health 
Manager, The Quartz Corporation; Mr. Mack McNeely, Vice 
President, LBM Industries and Nantahala Talc Limestone.
    June 26, 2013, 9:00 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``The IRS Contracts with Strong Castle, Inc.'' Witnesses: Ms. 
Beth Tucker, Deputy Commissioner for Operations Support, 
Internal Revenue Service; Mr. Michael Chodos, Associate 
Administrator, Office of Entrepreneurial Development, U.S. 
Small Business Administration; Mr. Brad Flohr, Senior Advisor 
for Compensation Service, Veterans Benefit Administration, U.S. 
Veterans Administration; Mr. Gregory Roseman, Deputy Director, 
Enterprise Networks and Tier Systems Support, Internal Revenue 
Service; Mr. William Sisk, Deputy Commissioner, Federal 
Acquisition Service, General Services Administration; Mr. 
Braulio Castillo, President and Chief Executive Officer, Strong 
Castle, Inc.
    June 27, 2013, 9:00 a.m.--Subcommittee on National Security 
hearing entitled, ``Border Security Oversight: Identifying and 
Responding to Current Threats.'' Witnesses: Mr. Michael Fisher, 
Chief, U.S. Border Patrol, Customs and Border Protection; Mr. 
David J. Murphy, Assisting Acting Commissioner, Customs and 
Border Protection; Mr. Thomas Homan, Executive Associate 
Director, Enforcement and Removal Operations, U.S. Immigration 
and Custom Enforcement; Ms. Rebecca Gambler, Director, Homeland 
Security and Justice, U.S. Government Accountability Office
    June 27, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Subcommittee on Energy Policy, 
Health Care and Entitlements hearing entitled, ``Oversight of 
Rising Social Security Disability Claims and the Role of 
Administrative Law Judges.'' Witnesses: The Honorable Tom 
Coburn, M.D. (R-Oklahoma), Ranking Minority Member, Committee 
on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States 
Senate; Glenn E. Sklar, Deputy Commissioner, Disability 
Adjudication and Review, Social Security Administration; The 
Honorable Larry J. Butler, Administrative Law Judge, Miami 
Office of Disability Adjudication Review, Social Security 
Administration; The Honorable Thomas W. Snook, Administrative 
Law Judge, Miami Office of Disability Adjudication Review, 
Social Security Administration; The Honorable J.E. Sullivan, 
Administrative Law Judge, Pittsburgh Office of Administrative 
Law Judges, U.S. Department of Labor; The Honorable Drew A. 
Swank, Administrative Law Judge, Pittsburgh Office of 
Administrative Law Judges, U.S Department of Labor; Thomas D. 
Sutton, Board of Directors, National Organization of Social 
Security Claimants' Representatives.
    June 28, 2013 9:00 a.m.--Full Committee Business Meeting.
    July 10, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``Unaccountable Government: GAO Reports Show Feds Struggling to 
Track Money and Performance.'' Witnesses: The Honorable Gene L. 
Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States, U.S. 
Government Accountability Office.
    July 10, 2013, 1:00 p.m.--Subcommittee on Federal 
Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census hearing entitled, 
``The Combined Federal Campaign: Making Every Dollar Count.'' 
Witnesses: The Honorable David G. Reichert (WA-08), U.S. House 
of Representatives; Mr. Mark Lambert, Associate Director for 
Merit System Accountability and Compliance, U.S. Office of 
Personnel Management, Ms. Ju'Coby Pittman, President and CEO, 
Clara White Mission; Mr. Kalman Stein, President and CEO, 
EarthShare; Ms. Debby Hampton, President and CEO, United Way of 
Central Oklahoma; Mr. Ken Berger, President and CEO, Charity 
Navigator.
    July 17, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Subcommittee on Energy Policy, 
Health Care and Entitlements and Committee on Homeland Security 
Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and 
Security Technologies joint hearing entitled, ``Evaluating 
Privacy, Security, and Fraud Concerns with ObamaCare's 
Information Sharing Apparatus.'' Witnesses: Mr. Alan R. Duncan, 
Assistant Inspector General for Security and Information 
Technology Services, Treasury Inspector General for Tax 
Administration; Mr. Terence V. Milholland, Chief Technology 
Officer, Internal Revenue Service; The Honorable Danny Werfel, 
Principal Deputy Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service; The 
Honorable Marilyn B. Tavenner, Administrator, Centers for 
Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and 
Human Services; Mr. Henry Chao, Deputy Chief Information 
Officer, Deputy Director of the Office of Information Services, 
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of 
Health and Human Services; Mr. John Dicken, Director, Health 
Care, U.S. Government Accountability Office.
    July 17, 2013, 10:15 a.m.--Subcommittee on National 
Security hearing entitled, ``Border Security Oversight, Part 
II: Examining Asylum Requests.'' Witnesses: Mr. Joseph E. 
Langlois, Associate Director, Refugee, Asylum, and 
International Operations Directorate, U.S. Citizenship and 
Immigration Services.
    July 17, 2013, 1:30 p.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``A Path Forward on Postal Reform.'' Witnesses: The Honorable 
Adrian Smith, Member of Congress; The Honorable Patrick 
Donahoe, Postmaster General & CEO, United States Postal 
Service; Mr. Joel Quadracci, Chairman, President & CEO, Quad 
Graphics; Mr. Cliff Guffey, President, American Postal Workers 
Union, AFL-CIO.
    July 18, 2013, 11:00 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``The IRS's Systematic Delay and Scrutiny of Tea Party 
Applications.'' Witnesses: Ms. Elizabeth Hofacre, Revenue 
Agent, Exempt Organizations, Tax Exempt and Government Entities 
Division, Internal Revenue Service; Mr. Carter Hull (Recently 
Retired), Tax Law Specialist, Exempt Organizations, Tax Exempt 
and Government Entities Division, Internal Revenue Service; The 
Honorable J. Russell George, Inspector General, Treasury 
Inspector General for Tax Administration; Mr. Michael McCarthy, 
Chief Counsel, Treasury Inspector General for Tax 
Administration; Mr. Gregory Kutz, Assistant Inspector General 
for Management Services and Exempt Organizations, Treasury 
Inspector General for Tax Administration.
    July 18, 2013, 2:30 p.m.--Subcommittee on Economic Growth, 
Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs hearing entitled, 
``Regulatory Burdens: The Impact of Dodd-Frank on Community 
Banking.'' Witnesses: Mr. Eddie Creamer, President and CEO, 
Prosperity Bank; Ms. Tanya Marsh, Assistant Professor of Law, 
Wake Forest University School of Law; The Honorable R. Bradley 
Miller, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress (Former 
Member of Congress); Ms. Hester Peirce, Senior Research Fellow, 
Mercatus Center, George Mason University.
    July 18, 2013, 2:30 p.m.--Subcommittee on Energy Policy, 
Health Care and Entitlements hearing entitled, ``Examining the 
Obama Administration's Social Cost of Carbon Estimates.'' 
Witnesses: The Honorable Howard Shelanski, Administrator, 
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of 
Management and Budget.
    July 24, 2013 10:00 a.m.--Full Committee Business Meeting.
    July 25, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Subcommittee on Government 
Operations hearing entitled, ``Data Centers and the Cloud, Part 
II: The Federal Government's Take on Optimizing New Information 
Technologies Opportunities to Save Taxpayers Money.'' 
Witnesses: Mr. David Powner, Director, Information Technology 
Management Issues, U.S. Government Accountability Office; The 
Honorable Steven VanRoekel, Acting Deputy Director for 
Management, Federal Chief Information Officer, Administrator 
for E-Government and Information Technology, Office of 
Management and Budget; Dr. David L. McClure, Associate 
Administrator, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative 
Technologies, U.S. General Services Administration.
    July 31, 2013, 10:15 a.m.--Subcommittee on Energy Policy, 
Health Care and Entitlements hearing entitled, ``Oversight of 
IRS's Legal Basis for Expanding ObamaCare's Taxes and 
Subsidies.'' Witnesses: The Honorable Scott Pruitt, Attorney 
General, State of Oklahoma; Charles Willey, M.D., CEO, Innovare 
Health Advocates Inc.; Mr. Simon Lazarus, Senior Counsel, 
Constitutional Accountability Center; Mr. Jonathan Adler, 
Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University; Ms. Emily 
McMahon, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy, U.S. 
Department of the Treasury.
    August 1, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Full Committee hearing 
entitled, ``Department of Energy's Bonneville Power 
Administration: Discriminating Against Veterans and Retaliating 
Against Whistleblowers.'' Witnesses: The Honorable Gregory H. 
Friedman, Inspector General, U.S. Department of Energy; The 
Honorable Daniel B. Poneman, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department 
of Energy; Ms. Anita J. Decker, Bonneville Power 
Administration.
    August 2, 2013, 9:00 a.m.--Subcommittee on National 
Security and Committee on Natural Resources' Public Lands and 
Environmental Regulation Subcommittee joint hearing entitled, 
``Missing Weapons at the National Park Service: Mismanagement 
and Lack of Accountability.'' Witnesses: Mr. Robert A. Knox, 
Assistant Inspector General for Investigations, Office of 
Inspector General, U. S. Department of Interior; Ms. Kim A. 
Thorsen, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Public Safety, Resource 
Protection and Emergency Services, U. S. Department of 
Interior; The Honorable Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director, National 
Park Service, U. S. Department of the Interior; Ms. Teresa 
Chambers, Chief of the United States Park Police Force, 
National Park Service, U. S. Department of the Interior.
    August 2, 2013, 9:00 a.m.--Subcommittee on Government 
Operations hearing entitled, ``Examining the Skyrocketing 
Problem of Identity Theft Related Tax Fraud at the IRS.'' 
Witnesses: The Honorable Daniel Werfel, Principal Deputy 
Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service; Ms. Nina E. Olson, 
National Taxpayer Advocate, Office of the Taxpayer Advocate; 
Mr. Michael McKenney, Acting Deputy Inspector General for 
Audit, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration; Mr. 
Douglas J. MacGinnitie, State Revenue Commissioner, Department 
of Revenue.
    Sept. 10, 2013, 9:00 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``Preventing Violations of Federal Transparency Laws.'' 
Witnesses: The Honorable Gary Gensler, Chairman, U.S., 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission; The Honorable Lisa P. 
Jackson, Vice President of Environmental Initiatives, Apple 
Inc. (Former Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection 
Agency); Mr. Jonathan Silver Visiting Distinguished Senior 
Fellow, Third Way (Former Executive Director Loan Program 
Office, U.S. Department of Energy); Mr. Andrew, McLaughlin, 
Senior Vice President, Betaworks (Former Deputy Chief 
Technology Officer, Executive Office of the President); The 
Honorable David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States.
    Sept. 11, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Subcommittee on Federal 
Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census hearing entitled, 
``Ensuring an Accurate and Affordable 2020 Census.'' Witnesses: 
The Honorable John Thompson, Director, U.S. Census Bureau; Mr. 
Robert Goldenkoff, Director, Strategic Issues, U.S. Government 
Accountability Office; Ms. Carol Cha, Director, Information 
Technology, U.S. Government Accountability Office.
    Sept. 11, 2013, 1:30 p.m.--Subcommittee on Government 
Operations hearing entitled, ``Oversight of the SIGTARP Report 
on Treasury's Role in the Delphi Pension Bailout.'' Witnesses: 
The Honorable Christy L. Romero, Special Inspector General for 
the Troubled Asset Relief Program; Mr. Matthew A. Feldman, 
Partner, Wilkie Farr & Gallagher, LLP; Mr. Steven Rattner, 
Chairman, Willett Advisors, LLC; Mr. Harry J. Wilson, Chairman, 
CEO and founder, The MAEVA Group, LLC; Mr. Harvey R. Miller, 
Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP; Ms. Barbara D. Bovbjerg, 
Managing Director, Education, Workforce, and Income Security 
Issues, U.S. Government Accountability Office; Ms. A. Nicole 
Clowers, Director, Financial Markets and Community Investment, 
U.S. Government Accountability Office.
    Sept. 18, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Subcommittee on Economic 
Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs and the 
Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements 
Joint hearing entitled, ``Federal Implementation of ObamaCare: 
Concerns of State Governments.'' Witnesses: The Honorable Jeff 
Colyer, M.D., Lieutenant Governor, State of Kansas; The 
Honorable C. Bradley Hutto, State Senator, State of South 
Carolina; The Honorable Alan Wilson, Attorney General, State of 
South Carolin; The Honorable Katrina R. Jackson, State 
Representative, State of Louisiana; Ms. Kathy Kliebert, 
Secretary, Department of Health and Hospitals, State of 
Louisiana; The Honorable Eleanor Sobel, State Senator, State of 
Florida, The Honorable Matthew Hudson, State Representative, 
State of Florida.
    Sept. 19, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``Reviews of the Benghazi Attack and Unanswered Questions.'' 
Witnesses: Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, Chairman, Benghazi 
Accountability Review Board; Admiral Michael G. Mullen, USN 
(Ret.), Vice-Chairman, Benghazi Accountability Review Board; 
Mr. Mark J. Sullivan, Chairman, Independent Panel on Best 
Practices, Former Director, United States Secret Service; Mr. 
Todd Keil, Member, Independent Panel on Best Practices, Former 
Asst. Secretary for Infrastructure Protection, U.S. Department 
of Homeland Security; Ms. Patricia Smith, Mother of Sean Smith; 
and Mr. Charles Woods, Father of Tyrone Woods.
    Oct. 1, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``Secret Agent Man? Oversight of EPA's IG Investigation of John 
Beale.'' Witnesses: The Honorable Arthur A. Elkins, Jr., 
Inspector General, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Mr. 
Patrick Sullivan, Deputy Inspector General for Investigations, 
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Mr. Robert Brenner, 
Former Director of Policy Analysis and Review, Office of Air 
and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Mr. John 
C. Beale, Former Senior Policy Advisor, U.S Environmental 
Protection Agency; The Honorable Bob Perciasepe, Deputy 
Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
    Oct. 2, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Subcommittee on Energy Policy, 
Health Care and Entitlements hearing entitled, ``Oversight of 
the Wind Energy Production Tax Credit.'' Witnesses: Mr. Curtis 
G. Wilson, Associate Chief Counsel, Passthroughs and Special 
Industries, Internal Revenue Service; Mr. Rob Gramlich, Senior 
Vice-President for Public Policy, American Wind Energy 
Association; Mr. Dan W. Reicher, Executive Director, Steyer-
Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance at Stanford 
University; Robert J. Michaels, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Institute 
for Energy Research, Professor of Economics, California State 
University, Fullerton.
    Oct. 9, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``Examining the IRS's Role in Implementing and Enforcing 
ObamaCare.'' Witnesses: Ms. Sarah Hall Ingram, Director, 
Affordable Care Act Office, Internal Revenue Service.
    Oct. 16, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Full Committee and the Committee 
on Natural Resources joint hearing entitled, ``As Difficult As 
Possible: The National Park Service's Implementation of the 
Government Shutdown.'' Witnesses: The Honorable Greg Bryan, 
Mayor, Town of Tusayan; Ms. Anna Eberly, Managing Director, 
Claude Moore Colonial Farm; The Honorable Jonathan B. Jarvis, 
Director, National Park Service; Ms. Lisa Simon, President, 
National Tourism Association; Mr. Myron Ebell, Director, Center 
for Energy and Environment, Competitive Enterprise Institute; 
and Mr. Denis P. Galvin, Board Member, National Parks 
Conservation Association.
    Oct. 29, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Full Committee Business Meeting.
    Oct. 30, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``A Culture of Mismanagement and Wasteful Conference Spending 
at the Department of Veterans Affairs.'' Witnesses: The 
Honorable Gina Farrisee, Assistant Secretary for Human 
Resources and Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans 
Affairs; Mr. Edward Murray, Deputy Assistant Secretary for 
Finance, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; The Honorable 
John Sepulveda, Former Assistant Secretary for Human Resources 
and Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; The 
Honorable Richard Griffin, Deputy Inspector General, U.S. 
Department of Veterans Affairs; Mr. Gary Abe, Deputy Assistant 
Inspector General for Audits and Evaluations, U.S. Department 
of Veterans Affairs.
    Nov. 13, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``ObamaCare Implementation: The Rollout of Healthcare.gov.'' 
Witnesses: Mr. David A. Powner, Director of IT Management 
Issues, U.S. Government Accountability Office; Mr. Henry Chao, 
Deputy Chief Information Officer, Deputy Director of the Office 
of Information Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid 
Services; Mr. Frank Baitman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for 
Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, U.S. 
Department of Health and Human Services; Mr. Todd Park, Chief 
Technology Officer of the United States, Office of Science and 
Technology Policy; Mr. Steven VanRoekel, Chief Information 
Officer of the United States, and Administrator, Office of 
Electronic Government, Office of Management and Budget; Mr. 
Richard A. Spires, Former Chief Information Officer, U.S. 
Department of Homeland Security; and Ms. Karen Evans, Partner, 
KE&T Partners, LLC.
    Nov. 14, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Subcommittee on National 
Security hearing entitled, ``Border Security Oversight, Part 
III: Border Crossing Cards and B1/B2 Visas.'' Witnesses: Mr. 
John Wagner, Acting Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Office of 
Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Mr. John 
P. Woods, Assistant Director, National Security Investigations 
Division, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Immigration 
and Customs Enforcement, Mr. Edward J. Ramotowski, Deputy 
Assistant Secretary for Visa Services, Bureau of Consular 
Affairs, U.S. Department of State; and Mr. Juan Osuna, 
Director, Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. 
Department of Justice.
    Nov. 14, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Subcommittee on Government 
Operations hearing entitled, ``Reviewing Alternatives to 
Amtrak's Annual Losses in Food and Beverage Service.'' 
Witnesses: Mr. Tom Hall, Chief of Customer Services, Amtrak, 
Mr. Ted Alves, Inspector General, Amtrak Office of the 
Inspector General; Mr. Dwayne Bateman, Amtrak Food and Beverage 
Service Employee.
    Nov. 19, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Subcommittee on Energy Policy, 
Health Care and Entitlements hearing entitled, ``Continuing 
Oversight of the Social Security Administration's Mismanagement 
of Federal Disability Programs.'' Witnesses: The Honorable 
Patrick O'Carroll, Inspector General, Social Security 
Administration; Mr. Glenn E. Sklar, Deputy Commissioner, 
Disability Adjudication and Review, Social Security 
Administration; and Mr. Jasper J. Bede, Regional Chief 
Administrative Law Judge, Region 3 Office of Disability 
Adjudication and Review, Social Security Administration.
    Nov. 20, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Subcommittee on National 
Security hearing entitled, ``Abuse of Overtime at DHS: Padding 
Paychecks and Pensions at Taxpayer Expense.'' Witnesses: Mr. 
John Florence, Branch Chief, Use of Force Policy Division, 
Field Operations Academy, U.S. Customs and Border Protection; 
The Honorable Carolyn N. Lerner, Special Counsel, U.S. Office 
of Special Counsel; Ms. Catherine V. Emerson, Chief Human 
Capital Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Mr. 
Ronald Vitiello, Deputy Chief, Office of Border Patrol, U.S. 
Customs and Border Protection; and Mr. Brandon Judd, President, 
National Border Patrol Council, American Federation of 
Government Employees.
    Nov. 22, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Full Committee field hearing 
entitled, ``ObamaCare Implementation: Sticker Shock of 
Increased Premiums for Healthcare Coverage.'' Witnesses: Mr. 
Dan Waters, President, Dan Waters & Associates; Mrs. Sherry 
Overbey, Director, Belmont Crisis Pregnancy Center; Mr. Joel 
Long, President, Gastonia Sheet Metal Services; Mr. Jason 
Falls, Owner, Falls Insurance; and Mr. Tav Gauss, President, 
The Action Group Human Resources Solutions.
    Nov. 25, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Full Committee field hearing 
entitled, ``ObamaCare Implementation: High Costs, Few Choices 
for Rural America.'' Witnesses: Mr. Raymer M. Sale, Jr., 
President, E2E Benefits Services, Inc.; Jeff Charles Reinhardt, 
Ph.D., President, The Longstreet Clinic, P.C.; Mr. Michael 
Boyette, Owner, Owl Town Auto; and Mrs. Emma Lucille Collins, 
Owner, Synergy Wellness.
    Dec. 2, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``Changes to The Heights Act: Shaping Washington, D.C., for the 
Future, Part II.'' Witnesses: Ms. Harriet Tregoning, Director, 
DC Office of Planning; and Mr. Marcel C. Acosta, Executive 
Director, National Capital Planning Commission.
    Dec. 3, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Subcommittee on Government 
Operations field hearing entitled, ``Federal Trade Commission 
and General Services Administration Thwart Cost Saving 
Consolidation.'' Witnesses: Mr. David Robbins, Executive 
Director, Federal Trade Commission; and Mr. Chris Wisner, 
Assistant Commissioner, Office of Leasing, Public Buildings 
Service, General Services Administration.
    Dec. 3, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Subcommittee on Federal 
Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census hearing entitled, 
``Assessing Government's Use of Design-Build Contracts.'' 
Witnesses: Mr. James Dalton, Chief of the Engineering and 
Construction Division, Directorate of Civil Works, United 
States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE); Mr. Charles Dalluge, 
Executive Vice President, Leo A Daly Company, On behalf of the 
American Institute of Architects; and Mr. Randall Gibson, 
President, Whitesell-Green, Inc., On behalf of the Associated 
General Contractors of America.
    Dec. 4, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``The Roll Out of HealthCare.gov: The Limitations of Big 
Government.'' Witnesses: Veronique de Rugy, Ph.D., Senior 
Research Fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason University; 
Clifford Winston, Searle Freedom Trust Senior Fellow, Economic 
Studies Program, The Brookings Institution; Mark A. Calabria, 
Ph.D., Director of Financial Regulation Studies, Cato 
Institute; and Karen Kruse Thomas, Ph.D., Historian and 
Communications Associate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of 
Public Health.
    Dec. 6, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Full Committee field hearing 
entitled, ``ObamaCare Implementation: The Broken Promise: If 
You Like Your Current Plan You Can Keep It.'' Witnesses: Mrs. 
Julie Dalton, Arizona; Ms. Diana Robinson, Arizona; Mr. Steve 
Montgomery, Arizona/California Border; and Mrs. Christie 
Hamman, Arizona.

                 FULL COMMITTEE BUSINESS MEETINGS HELD

January 22, 2013--Full Committee Organization Meeting

    Summary:
    (1) Adopted Committee Rules for the 113th Congress; and
    (2) Approved Subcommittee Membership.

February 5, 2013--Full Committee Business Meeting

    Summary:
    Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Oversight Plan 
for the 113th Congress. The Oversight Plan was approved by 
voice vote.
    ** Subcommittee assignments approved for Democrat Members 
recently named to the Committee.

February 14, 2013--Full Committee Business Meeting

    Summary:
    The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform met in 
open session to consider:
    Committee Report entitled, ``Billions of Federal Tax 
Dollars Misspent on New York's Medicaid Program.''
    Mr. Issa offered an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute. The amendment was agreed to by voice vote.
    The report, as amended, was reported to the House 
favorably, by voice vote.

March 20, 2013--Full Committee Business Meeting

    Summary:
    The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform met in 
open session to consider:
    1. H.R. 249 (Chaffetz), the Federal Employee Tax 
Accountability Act of 2013.
    Rep. Speier offered an amendment to change the definition 
of ``seriously delinquent tax debt.'' She later withdrew the 
amendment.
    H.R. 249 was reported favorably to the House, a quorum 
being present, by voice vote.
    2. H.R. 882 (Chaffetz), the Contracting and Tax 
Accountability Act of 2013.
    H.R. 882 was reported favorably to the House, a quorum 
being present, by voice vote.
    3. H.R. 313 (Emerson/Farenthold), the Government Spending 
Accountability Act of 2013.
    Rep. Farenthold offered an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute (ANS).
    Rep. Clay offered an amendment to the Farenthold ANS 
expanding on the international conference rule to allow the 
head of an agency to grant a waiver in some circumstances. The 
amendment was agreed to by voice vote.
    Rep. Clay offered an amendment to the Farenthold ANS 
exempting the public disclosure requirements for materials used 
at a conference, as well as providing a detailed breakdown of 
expenses unless the total cost in either instance exceeded more 
than $50,000. Chairman Issa asked unanimous consent to strike 
any exemption for producing materials, and to change 
``$50,000'' to ``$10,000.'' There was no objection.
    The Clay amendment (as modified by the Issa U.C.) was 
agreed to by voice vote.
    Rep. Pocan offered an amendment to the Farenthold ANS to 
modify the language regarding annual travel expense limits. He 
later withdrew the amendment.
    The Farenthold ANS, as amended, was agreed to by voice 
vote.
    H.R. 313, as amended, was reported favorably to the House, 
a quorum being present, by voice vote.
    4. H.R. 328 (Chaffetz), the Excess Federal Building and 
Property Disposal Act of 2013.
    H.R. 328 was reported favorably to the House, a quorum 
being present, by voice vote.
    5. H.R. 1163 (Issa), the Federal Information Security 
Amendments Act of 2013.
    H.R. 1163 was reported favorably to the House, a quorum 
being present, by voice vote.
    6. H.R. 1232 (Issa), the Federal Information Technology 
Acquisition Reform Act.
    H.R. 1232 was reported favorably to the House, a quorum 
being present, by voice vote.
    7. H.R. 1211 (Issa), the FOIA Oversight and Implementation 
Act of 2013.
    Rep. Turner offered an amendment to add a section at the 
end of the bill--``Sec. 4. Applicability of FOIA.'' He later 
withdrew the amendment.
    Rep. Duckworth offered an amendment which added language 
regarding duplication fees. The amendment was agreed to by 
voice vote.
    Rep. Turner offered an amendment which expanded on the 
requirements of the Government Accountability Office with 
regard to section 552 of title 5 of the U.S. Code. The 
amendment was agreed to by voice vote.
    Rep. Mica offered an amendment to add a section to the end 
of the bill to require each agency's Office of Inspector 
General to review FOIA compliance--``Sec. 4. Inspector General 
Review; Adverse Actions.'' The amendment was agreed to by voice 
vote.
    H.R. 1211, as amended, was reported favorably to the House, 
a quorum being present, by voice vote.
    8. H.R. 1162 (Issa), the Government Accountability Office 
Improvement Act.
    H.R. 1162 was reported favorably to the House, a quorum 
being present, by voice vote.
    9. H.R. 1133 (Duncan), the Presidential Library Donation 
Reform Act.
    H.R. 1133 was reported favorably to the House, a quorum 
being present, by voice vote.
    10. H.R. 1104 (Clay), the Federal Advisory Committee Reform 
Act.
    H.R. 1104 was reported favorably to the House, a quorum 
being present, by voice vote.
    11. H.R. 1246 (Norton), the DC CFO Vacancy Act.
    H.R. 1246 was reported favorably to the House, a quorum 
being present, by voice vote.
    12. H.R. 1233 (Cummings), Presidential and Federal Records 
Act Amendments of 2013.
    Chairman Issa offered an amendment which added language 
regarding disclosure requirements for personal e-mail use 
regarding government business. The amendment was agreed to by 
voice vote.
    H.R. 1233, as amended, was reported favorably to the House, 
a quorum being present, by voice vote.
    13. H.R. 1234 (Cummings), the Electronic Message 
Preservation Act.
    Chairman Issa offered an amendment which added language 
regarding disclosure requirements for personal e-mail use 
regarding government business. The amendment was agreed to by 
voice vote.
    H.R. 1234, as amended, was reported favorably to the House, 
a quorum being present, by voice vote.

May 22, 2013--Full Committee Business Meeting

    Summary:
    The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform met in 
open session to consider:
    1. H.R. 2061 (Issa), the ``Digital Accountability and 
Transparency Act of 2013.''
    Chairman Issa offered an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute (ANS). The amendment was agreed to by voice vote.
    H.R. 2061 was reported favorably to the House, as amended, 
a quorum being present, by voice vote.
    2. H.R. 568 (Ross), to amend title 5, United States Code, 
to require that the Office of Personnel Management submit an 
annual report to Congress relating to the use of official time 
by Federal employees.
    Chairman Issa offered an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute (ANS). The amendment was agreed to by voice vote.
    H.R. 568 was reported favorably to the House, as amended, a 
quorum being present, by voice vote.
    3. H.R. 1380 (Quigley), the ``Access to Congressionally 
Mandated Reports Act.''
    Chairman Issa offered an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute (ANS). The amendment was agreed to by voice vote.
    H.R. 1380 was reported favorably to the House, as amended, 
a quorum being present, by voice vote.
    4. H.R. 2067 (Meadows), the ``Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and 
Trade Bureau Personnel Flexibilities Act.''
    H.R. 2067 was reported favorably to the House, a quorum 
being present, by voice vote.
    5. H.R. 1171 (Benishek), the ``FOR VETS Act of 2013.''
    H.R. 1171 was reported favorably to the House, a quorum 
being present, by voice vote.

June 28, 2013--Full Committee Business Meeting

    Summary:
    The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform met in 
open session to consider:
    A resolution concerning whether Lois Lerner, the Director 
of Exempt Organizations at the Internal Revenue Service, waived 
her Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination when 
she made a statement at the Committee hearing on May 22, 2013.
    Rep. Norton offered an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute. The amendment was defeated by a recorded vote of 16 
Ayes to 20 Noes.
    Voting Aye: Cummings, Norton, Tierney, Clay, Lynch, Cooper, 
Connolly, Speier, Cartwright, Pocan, Duckworth, Kelly, Davis, 
Welch, Cardenas, and Horsford.
    Voting No: Issa, Mica, Turner, Duncan, Jordan, Chaffetz, 
Walberg, Amash, Gosar, Meehan, DesJarlais, Gowdy, Hastings, 
Lummis, Woodall, Massie, Collins, Meadows, Bentivolio, and 
DeSantis.
    The Chairman moved that the Committee on Oversight and 
Government Reform approve the resolution finding that Lois 
Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment privilege on May 22, 2013. 
The motion was approved by a recorded vote of 22 Ayes to 17 
Noes.
    Voting Aye: Issa, Mica, Turner, Duncan, McHenry, Jordan, 
Chaffetz, Walberg, Lankford, Amash, Gosar, Meehan, DesJarlais, 
Gowdy, Farenthold, Hastings, Lummis, Massie, Collins, Meadows, 
Bentivolio, and DeSantis.
    Voting No: Cummings, Maloney, Norton, Tierney, Clay, Lynch, 
Cooper, Connolly, Speier, Cartwright, Pocan, Duckworth, Kelly, 
Davis, Welch, Horsford, and Lujan Grisham.

July 24, 2013--Full Committee Business Meeting

    Summary:
    The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform met in 
open session to consider:
    H.R. 2748, the Postal Reform Act of 2013--reported 
favorably, as amended, by a vote of 22-17.
    Voting Yes: Issa, Mica, Turner, McHenry, Jordan, Chaffetz, 
Walberg, Lankford, Amash, Gosar, Meehan, DesJarlais, Gowdy, 
Farenthold, Hastings, Lummis, Woodall, Massie, Collins, 
Meadows, Bentivolio, and DeSantis.
    Voting No: Cummings, Maloney, Norton, Tierney, Clay, Lynch, 
Cooper, Connolly, Speier, Cartwright, Pocan, Duckworth, Kelly, 
Davis, Welch, Cardenas, and Lujan Grisham.
    Amendments:
    (1) Cummings ANS--defeated by a vote of 17-22.
    Voting Yes: Cummings, Maloney, Norton, Tierney, Clay, 
Lynch, Cooper, Connolly, Speier, Cartwright, Pocan, Duckworth, 
Kelly, Davis, Welch, Cardenas, and Lujan Grisham.
    Voting No: Issa, Mica, Turner, McHenry, Jordan, Chaffetz, 
Walberg, Lankford, Amash, Gosar, Meehan, DesJarlais, Gowdy, 
Farenthold, Hastings, Lummis, Woodall, Massie, Collins, 
Meadows, Bentivolio, and DeSantis.
    (2) Woodall--limits the size of non-cash compensation to 
very senior postal executives until the financial crisis is 
resolved--agreed to by voice vote.
    (3) Tierney--strikes Sec. 306 (Postal Service workers' 
compensation reform)--defeated by a vote of 17-22.
    Voting Yes: Cummings, Maloney, Norton, Tierney, Clay, 
Lynch, Cooper, Connolly, Speier, Cartwright, Pocan, Duckworth, 
Kelly, Davis, Welch, Cardenas, and Lujan Grisham.
    Voting No: Issa, Mica, Turner, McHenry, Jordan, Chaffetz, 
Walberg, Lankford, Amash, Gosar, Meehan, DesJarlais, Gowdy, 
Farenthold, Hastings, Lummis, Woodall, Massie, Collins, 
Meadows, Bentivolio, and DeSantis.
    (4) Farenthold--adds new Sec. 703--ensures that the USPS 
adheres to generally accepted accounting principles in 
developing plans to return the USPS to solvency--agreed to by 
voice vote.
    (5) Lynch--strikes Sec. 102 (Delivery-point 
modernization)--defeated by a vote of 17-22.
    Voting Yes: Cummings, Maloney, Norton, Tierney, Clay, 
Lynch, Cooper, Connolly, Speier, Cartwright, Pocan, Duckworth, 
Kelly, Davis, Welch, Cardenas, and Lujan Grisham.
    Voting No: Issa, Mica, Turner, McHenry, Jordan, Chaffetz, 
Walberg, Lankford, Amash, Gosar, Meehan, DesJarlais, Gowdy, 
Farenthold, Hastings, Lummis, Woodall, Massie, Collins, 
Meadows, Bentivolio, and DeSantis.
    (6) Meehan--to ensure that local communities have specific 
input into the delivery point modernization process--agreed to 
by voice vote.
    (7) Lynch--strikes Sec. 301 (Applicability of reduction-in-
force procedures)--defeated by a vote of 17-22.
    Voting Yes: Cummings, Maloney, Norton, Tierney, Clay, 
Lynch, Cooper, Connolly, Speier, Cartwright, Pocan, Duckworth, 
Kelly, Davis, Welch, Cardenas, and Lujan Grisham.
    Voting No: Issa, Mica, Turner, McHenry, Jordan, Chaffetz, 
Walberg, Lankford, Amash, Gosar, Meehan, DesJarlais, Gowdy, 
Farenthold, Hastings, Lummis, Woodall, Massie, Collins, 
Meadows, Bentivolio, and DeSantis.
    (8) Lynch--strikes Sec. 501 (Treatment of Postal Service 
post-employment benefit funding projected surpluses)--defeated 
by a vote of 17-22.
    Voting Yes: Cummings, Maloney, Norton, Tierney, Clay, 
Lynch, Cooper, Connolly, Speier, Cartwright, Pocan, Duckworth, 
Kelly, Davis, Welch, Cardenas, and Lujan Grisham.
    Voting No: Issa, Mica, Turner, McHenry, Jordan, Chaffetz, 
Walberg, Lankford, Amash, Gosar, Meehan, DesJarlais, Gowdy, 
Farenthold, Hastings, Lummis, Woodall, Massie, Collins, 
Meadows, Bentivolio, and DeSantis.
    (9) Turner en bloc (2 parts)--encourages the increased use 
of innovative mailpiece design as a way to spur the increased 
use of mail--agreed to by voice vote.
    (10) Pocan--regarding pre-fund requirement--WITHDRAWN
    (11) Davis--regarding air carriers of packages--WITHDRAWN
    (12) Meehan--adds Sec. 107 (Sense of Congress with respect 
to delivery points)--WITHDRAWN
    (13) Mica--``amends the Obama healthcare bill''--WITHDRAWN
    H.R. 2793, the District of Columbia Financial Efficiency 
Act of 2013--reported favorably, without amendment, by 
unanimous consent.
    H.R. 1541, the Common Sense in Compensation Act--reported 
favorably, as amended, by voice vote.
    Amendments:
    (1) Meadows ANS--agreed to by voice vote (as amended by 
Lynch 2)
    (2) Lynch (to Meadows ANS)--waiver on 5% cap--agreed to by 
voice vote (as amended by Issa 3)
    (3) Issa (to Lynch)--agreed to by voice vote
    H.R. 2579, the Government Employee Accountability Act--
reported favorably, as amended, by voice vote
    Amendments:
    (1) Issa ANS (for Farenthold)--agreed to by voice vote, as 
amended.
    (2) Lynch (to Issa ANS)--regarding due process--defeated by 
a vote of 17-22.
    Voting Yes: Cummings, Maloney, Norton, Tierney, Clay, 
Lynch, Cooper, Connolly, Speier, Cartwright, Pocan, Duckworth, 
Kelly, Davis, Welch, Cardenas, and Lujan Grisham.
    Voting No: Issa, Mica, Turner, McHenry, Jordan, Chaffetz, 
Walberg, Lankford, Amash, Gosar, Meehan, DesJarlais, Gowdy, 
Farenthold, Hastings, Lummis, Woodall, Massie, Collins, 
Meadows, Bentivolio, and DeSantis.
    (3) Connolly (to Issa ANS)--prohibits an agency from using 
the expedited termination procedure to retaliate against a 
Senior Executive Service whistleblower or to bring expedited 
termination against an SES employee who has a pending claim of 
whistleblower retaliation--agreed to by voice vote.
    (4) Cummings (to Issa ANS)--prohibits an agency from using 
the expedited termination procedure to discriminate against a 
Senior Executive Service employee or to bring expedited 
termination against an SES employee who has a pending claim of 
discrimination--agreed to by voice vote.
    (5) Speier (to Issa ANS)--The Speier amendment makes 
several changes to the standard for immediate termination, 
allowing an agency to terminate a Senior Executive Service 
(SES) employee for ``serious'' neglect of duty, 
misappropriation of funds, or malfeasance if the agency 
determines the SES employee acted in a manner that 
``knowingly'' endangers the interest of the agency mission--
agreed to by voice vote.
    (6) Lynch (to Issa ANS)--prevents an agency head from 
terminating a Senior Executive Service employee without an 
administrative waiting period (essentially gutting half of the 
bill). The effect of the amendment is to grant SES employees a 
minimum 30 days advance notice of the termination, a minimum of 
7 days to respond to the notice of termination, and the 
potential for an internal hearing (the procedures agencies 
currently follow when taking disciplinary action against an SES 
employee)--agreed to by voice vote.
    H.R. 899, the Unfunded Mandates Information and 
Transparency Act of 2013--reported favorably by a vote of 22-
17.
    Voting Yes: Cummings, Maloney, Norton, Tierney, Clay, 
Lynch, Cooper, Connolly, Speier, Cartwright, Pocan, Duckworth, 
Kelly, Davis, Welch, Cardenas, and Lujan Grisham.
    Voting No: Issa, Mica, Turner, McHenry, Jordan, Chaffetz, 
Walberg, Lankford, Amash, Gosar, Meehan, DesJarlais, Gowdy, 
Farenthold, Hastings, Lummis, Woodall, Massie, Collins, 
Meadows, Bentivolio, and DeSantis.
    Amendments:
    (1) Lynch--regarding sequestration--defeated by voice vote 
(2) Connolly--to apply early stakeholder consultation 
requirement to ``any interested individual''--defeated by a 
vote of 17-22.
    Voting Yes: Cummings, Maloney, Norton, Tierney, Clay, 
Lynch, Cooper, Connolly, Speier, Cartwright, Pocan, Duckworth, 
Kelly, Davis, Welch, Cardenas, and Lujan Grisham.
    Voting No: Issa, Mica, Turner, McHenry, Jordan, Chaffetz, 
Walberg, Lankford, Amash, Gosar, Meehan, DesJarlais, Gowdy, 
Farenthold, Hastings, Lummis, Woodall, Massie, Collins, 
Meadows, Bentivolio, and DeSantis.
    H.R. 1423, the Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act--reported 
favorably, as amended, by voice vote
    Amendments:
    (1) Speier--regarding duplication of funds and overlaps--
agreed to by voice vote.
    H.R. 2711, the Citizen Empowerment Act--reported favorably, 
as amended, by voice vote
    Amendments:
    (1) Issa ANS--agreed to by voice vote.
    (2) Cummings (to Issa ANS)--inserting a new subsection 
``Coordination Provision''--defeated by vote of 14-18.
    Voting Yes: Cummings, Maloney, Tierney, Clay, Lynch, 
Cooper, Connolly, Cartwright, Pocan, Duckworth, Davis, Welch, 
Cardenas, and Lujan Grisham.
    Voting No: Issa, Mica, Turner, McHenry, Walberg, Lankford, 
Amash, Gosar, Meehan, DesJarlais, Gowdy, Farenthold, Hastings, 
Lummis, Woodall, Massie, Collins, and Bentivolio.
    H.R. 1660, the Government Customer Service Improvement Act 
of 2013--reported favorably, as amended, by voice vote.
    Amendments:
    (1) Issa ANS--agreed to by voice vote.

October 29, 2013--Full Committee Business Meeting

    Summary:
    The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform met in 
open session to consider:
    H.R. 2860 (Farenthold), the OPM IG Act--reported favorably, 
by voice vote.
    H.R. 3343 (Norton), to amend the District of Columbia Home 
Rule Act to clarify the rules regarding the determination of 
the compensation of the Chief Financial Officer of the District 
of Columbia--reported favorably, by voice vote.
    H.R. 3316 (Lankford), the Grant Reform and New Transparency 
Act of 2013 (or the ``GRANT Act'').
    Ms. Speier offered an amendment to allow agencies to reduce 
the pre-grant financial management evaluation process only for 
grantees that have received more than $10 million in federal 
grants in the past 3 years. The amendment was agreed to by 
voice vote.
    Mr. Connolly offered an amendment to substitute posting 
only grant application abstracts for the posting of full 
successful grant applications. The amendment failed by a 
recorded vote of 15-19.
    Voting Aye: Cummings, Maloney, Norton, Tierney, Clay, 
Lynch, Connolly, Speier, Cartwright, Pocan, Duckworth, Kelly, 
Welch, Cardenas, and Lujan Grisham.
    Voting No: Issa, Mica, Turner, McHenry, Jordan, Chaffetz, 
Walberg, Lankford, Amash, DesJarlais, Gowdy, Farenthold, 
Hastings, Woodall, Massie, Collins, Meadows, Bentivolio, and 
DeSantis.
    Mr. Pocan offered an amendment and then withdrew the 
amendment.
    The bill, H.R. 3316, was reported favorably, as amended, by 
a vote of 19-15.
    Voting Aye: Issa, Mica, Turner, McHenry, Jordan, Chaffetz, 
Walberg, Lankford, Amash, DesJarlais, Gowdy, Farenthold, 
Hastings, Woodall, Massie, Collins, Meadows, Bentivolio, and 
DeSantis.
    Voting No: Cummings, Maloney, Norton, Tierney, Clay, Lynch, 
Connolly, Speier, Cartwright, Pocan, Duckworth, Kelly, Welch, 
Cardenas, and Lujan Grisham.
    H.R. 3345 (Issa), the Stop Unworthy Spending Act (or the 
``SUSPEND Act'').
    Mr. Chaffetz (with Ms. Speier and Mr. Tierney) offered an 
amendment to further strengthen the SUSPEND Act by requiring 
timely referral and consideration of suspension and debarment 
cases. Specifically, the amendment provides a 30-day time limit 
for the referred cases to be either accepted or rejected by the 
suspension and debarment official. It also requires all S&D 
cases to be resolved within 6 months from the initial referral 
date. The amendment further requires that the annual report to 
Congress include the number and summary of any instances where 
the agency head made determinations to allow a suspended or 
debarred entity to receive new contracts or grants. The 
amendment was agreed to by voice vote.
    The bill, H.R. 3345, was reported favorably, as amended, by 
voice vote.

                III. Summary of Committee Oversight Plan

    Pursuant to Rule X, Clause 2(d) of the Rules of the House, 
the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform for the 113th 
Congress adopted the following plan to guide the work of its 
subcommittees and the full committee. Because of the 
Committee's role as the principal oversight body of the federal 
government and its mandate to investigate ``any matter at any 
time,'' this plan did not preclude oversight and investigation 
of other matters of importance to the American people.
    The Committee's adopted plan indicates oversight in several 
sectors, including:
    
 Waste, Fraud, Abuse, and Mismanagement.
    
 Financial Sector Regulation--including the 
implementation of Dodd-Frank, reviewing the FCIC, the creation 
of the CFBP, the Troubled Asset Relief Program and the 
recommendations of the Special Inspector General, including the 
failure of the Home Affordable Mortgage Program, and the 
Federal Housing Finance Agency's oversight of Fannie Mae and 
Freddie Mac.
    
 Consumer Protection--including abuses by the 
mortgage industry which, coupled with high unemployment and a 
stagnant economy, have contributed to the foreclosure crisis.
    
 Government Accountability Office--including the 
effectiveness of federal government inspectors general and 
their freedom from political interference, and ensuring the 
independence and integrity of the GAO, and the federal 
government's actions on the recommendations in their biannual 
High Risk Series and their new annual list of duplicative, 
overlapping, and fractured federal programs.
    
 Federal Financial Management--including the record 
$125 billion in improper payments made in 2010, growth in non-
tax debt owed to the Federal Government, the persistent 
inability of many federal agencies to achieve a clean audit, 
and a comprehensive detailed review of financial management 
systems in place in the Federal Government.
    
 Federal Real Property Disposal--including the 
proposal for a pilot program at GSA to reduce the federal 
deficit by disposing of excess property.
    
 Government Contracting--including information 
technology acquisition and suspension and debarment.
    
 Open Government and Transparency--including 
federal spending data accuracy, grant reform, the 
implementation of the Government Performance and Review Act and 
Performance.gov, compliance with the Presidential Records Act 
and the Federal Records Act and the need to update those acts 
to keep up with technology, political travel and the Hatch Act, 
allegations of political interference with the Freedom of 
Information Act, and a government-wide review of FOIA backlogs 
and agency efforts to eliminate them.
    
 Technology Policy--including the Committee's 
ongoing oversight of the Federal Information Security 
Management Act, and the emergence of a federal cybersecurity 
policy.
    
 Federal Regulation and the Regulatory Process--
including updating and strengthening the Unfunded Mandates 
Review Act of 1995, reviewing the role of the White House 
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in rulemaking, and 
initiating a government-wide and economy-wide review of 
regulatory impediments to job creation, and soliciting input 
from the private sector.
    
 Energy--including actions taken by the Federal 
Government that have impeded the development of domestic energy 
resources, including actions taken to discourage the use of new 
and newly deployed technologies.
    
 Environment--including oversight of the management 
of the Environmental Protection Agency.
    
 Healthcare and Entitlements--including the 
Affordable Care Act and federal disability programs.
    
 District of Columbia--including D.C. fiscal 
management, and general oversight of the D.C. government.
    
 Census--including ensuring the accuracy of the 
2020 census.
    
 National Archives and Federal Records--including 
improving transparency of presidential and federal records.
    
 Government Management and the Federal Workforce--
including pay and benefits, the use of ``official time'' to 
conduct union activities, and the administration of the Office 
of Personnel Management.
    
 United States Postal Service--focusing on policies 
that will address the actual long-term fiscal sustainability of 
USPS and avoid a taxpayer bailout.
    
 National Security and Foreign Operations--
including the growing delays in the transition process from DOD 
to Veterans Affairs health care systems for wounded warriors, 
contracting in Afghanistan, and the failures that led to the 
Benghazi attack.
    
 Homeland Security--border security operations and 
decision-making at the Department of Homeland Security, and 
policies regarding privacy and security at airports and the 
effectiveness of the Transportation Security Administration.

 IV. Summary of Actions Taken and Recommendations Made With Respect to 
                           the Oversight Plan


Waste, Fraud, Abuse and Mismanagement

    The Committee held numerous hearings in 2013 focused on 
waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement throughout the federal 
government. On February 5th, the Committee held a hearing 
entitled, ``Government Spending: How Can We Best Address the 
Billions of Dollars Wasted Every Year?'' The Committee heard 
from Citizens Against Government Waste alongside Taxpayers for 
Common Sense. Dan Blair, a Bush administration OMB official, 
testified on behalf of National Academy of Public 
Administration, and John Kamensky, a former staffer for Vice 
President Gore, represented the IBM Center for the Business of 
Government.
    In February, the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job 
Creation and Regulatory Affairs convened a hearing to coincide 
with the fourth anniversary of the passage of the stimulus in 
2009. The witnesses were experts on government spending and 
unemployment insurance, including Casey Mulligan, a University 
of Chicago economist who spoke about the impact that increased 
unemployment insurance has on the jobless rate and 
beneficiaries' likeliness to seek full-time employment.
    On April 16th, 2013, the Committee held a hearing to 
examine how the National Archives and Records Administration, 
the National Park Service, and the Smithsonian planned to 
implement spending adjustments related to sequestration. 
Archives and the Smithsonian appeared to have started planning 
for the possibility of sequestration as far back as late 2011 
and therefore did not anticipate significant impacts to the 
public. Witnesses included David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the 
United States, National Archives and Records Administration; 
Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director, National Park Service; and Dr. G. 
Wayne Clough, Secretary, Smithsonian Institution.
    Continuing the Committee's multi-year oversight of the 
DOE's Loan Program Office, on April 24th, 2013, Mr. Jordan's 
subcommittee held a hearing on loan given to Fisker Automotive. 
The hearing explored the circumstances leading to the DOE 
offering taxpayer support for Fisker and its ill prospects for 
repayment. Witnesses at the hearing included Henrik Fisker, 
Former Executive Chairman, Fisker Automotive; Tony Posawatz, 
CEO, Fisker Automotive; Bernhard Koehler, Chief Operating 
Officer, Fisker Automotive.
    On June 6, 2013, the Committee held a hearing to examine 
the IRS's wasteful spending culture and excessive agency 
conference spending. This abuse of taxpayer funds was also the 
subject of an audit by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax 
Administration. Witnesses included J. Russell George, Inspector 
General, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration; 
Gregory Kutz, Assistant Inspector General for Audit, Treasury 
Inspector General for Tax Administration; Faris Fink, 
Commissioner, Small Business and Self-Employed Division, 
Internal Revenue Service; and Danny Werfel, Acting 
Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service.
    On October 1, 2013 the Committee held a hearing to examine 
the recent EPA Inspector General investigation into former EPA 
employee John Beale, who pleaded guilty to defrauding the EPA 
and receiving approximately $900,000 in pay for work not 
performed. Mr. Beale also allegedly impersonated a CIA agent. 
Witnesses included: the Honorable Arthur A. Elkins, Jr., 
Inspector General, EPA; Patrick Sullivan, Deputy Inspector 
General for Investigations, EPA; John C. Beale, Former Senior 
Policy Advisor, EPA; Robert Brenner, Former Director of Policy 
Analysis and Review, Office of Air and Radiation, EPA; and the 
Honorable Bob Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator, EPA.
    On October 16, 2013 the Committee held a joint hearing with 
the Committee on Natural Resources to examine the National Park 
Service's closure decisions. Chairman Issa issued a subpoena to 
secure the testimony of Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director, National 
Park Service. Other witnesses included Kevin Gardner, a legal 
expert on private concessionaires; Anna Eberly, Managing 
Director, Claude Moore Colonial Farm; and Mark Hoffman, 
Chairman, National Tourism Association.

Financial Sector

    On April 24, 2013, the Committee held an oversight hearing 
on the Small Business Lending Fund. Created in 2010, the goal 
of the SBLF was to increase the availability of credit to small 
businesses, allowing them to expand and hire. The program 
permitted the Department of the Treasury to invest up to $30 
billion in small banks. However, the Special Inspector General 
for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) found that 
banks used the SBLF funds to exit TARP, rather than make loans 
to small businesses. The Special Inspector General testified 
that TARP banks participating in SBLF did not effectively 
increase lending to small business, and offered specific 
recommendations to improve the program. The Treasury Department 
was unavailable to participate in the hearing on that date.
    On July 18, 2013, the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job 
Creation and Regulatory Affairs held an oversight hearing 
examining the impact of the Dodd-Frank Act on community banks. 
It is widely acknowledged that community banks in no way 
contributed to the 2008 financial crisis. Nonetheless, Dodd-
Frank imposes onerous regulatory burdens on community banks. 
Because small banks are the least able to absorb the tremendous 
compliance costs, the end result has been growing trend of bank 
closures and consolidation. Ironically, this only contributed 
to the ``too big to fail'' phenomenon that left taxpayers on 
the hook for poor business decisions. The Subcommittee received 
testimony from the President of a community bank in St. 
Augustine, Florida, a former Member of Congress, and two 
academics who have studied Dodd-Frank's impact on community 
banking.
    The Committee is overseeing the Securities and Exchange 
Commission's consideration of a rule mandating that public 
companies disclose their political expenditures. Documents 
produced to the Committee demonstrate that the SEC's 
professional staff strongly opposed such a rulemaking. Staff 
argued that a corporate political disclosure rule is well-
outside the Commission's mandate, unnecessary in light of 
existing shareholder proxy statement rules, and inappropriate 
given outstanding mandatory rules in the Dodd-Frank Act and 
JOBS Act. Notwithstanding these objections, the Commission 
elected to place the rulemaking on the Office of Management and 
Budget's Unified Regulatory Agenda. Documents produced to the 
Committee indicate this decision was the product of intense 
political pressure from external parties.
    The Committee is conducting oversight of the Financial 
Stability Oversight Council. Created by Title I of the Dodd-
Frank Act, FSOC is constituted of a broad swath of federal 
financial regulators. Documents produced to the Committee in an 
ancillary investigation provide strong evidence that FSOC's 
operations may be infringing on the independence and core 
competence of the Council's constituent regulatory bodies. This 
infringement is particularly troubling in the cases where the 
regulatory agency is headed by an independent, bipartisan 
commission and not a single political appointee. The 
Committee's is particularly concerned with the Council's 
authority under Section 120 of the Dodd-Frank Act to issue 
formal recommendations for regulatory action.

Consumer Protection

    On January 4, 2013, Chairman Issa and Ranking Member 
Cummings jointly wrote the Board of Governors of the Federal 
Reserve System and the Office of the Comptroller of the 
Currency to learn more about discussions both agencies had to 
amend consent orders they had made in April 2011 with several 
mortgage servicing companies regarding loan servicing and 
foreclosure processing. In May 2013, Chairman Issa and Ranking 
Member Cummings also wrote the FRB and the OCC to request 
information regarding the amended consent orders the agencies 
ultimately entered into with these companies on January 7, 
2013.
    Committee staff reviewed responsive documents at the OCC on 
June 25, 3013, and reviewed responsive documents at the FRB on 
November 1, 2013. The Committee continues discussions with the 
OCC and FRB to receive copies of these documents and to 
understand more fully how the amended consent orders are 
operating in practice.

The Government Accountability Office

    On February 14, 2013, the Committee held a hearing on the 
Government Accountability Office's (GAO) high risk list 
entitled ``Exploring GAO's High Risk List and Opportunities for 
Reform.'' The hearing reviewed GAO's biannual high risk list, 
which identified 30 areas of government that are most 
susceptible to waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement. 
Comptroller General Gene Dodaro testified about the high risk 
areas, including climate change, federal contract management, 
modernizing insurance and benefit programs, and transforming 
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    On April 9, 2013, the Committee held a hearing on the GAO's 
third annual report on duplication, overlap, fragmentation, and 
opportunities for cost saving in government. The hearing was 
entitled, ``Reducing Waste in Government: Addressing GAO's 2013 
Report on Duplicative Federal Programs,'' and Comptroller 
General Dodaro testified. The report identified 31 new areas, 
including 17 instances of fragmentation, duplication, and 
overlap, and 14 areas of potential cost savings. Comptroller 
General Dodaro testified that many of the nearly 300 
recommendations GAO had made in past reports remained 
unaddressed.\2\
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Government Reform, Hearing, ``Reducing Waste in Government: Addressing 
GAO's 2013 Report on Duplicative Federal Programs,'' April 9, 2013. 
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    On July 10, 2013, the Committee held a hearing entitled, 
``Unaccountable Government: GAO Reports Show Feds Struggling to 
Track Money and Performance.'' Comptroller General Dodaro 
testified about GAO's work on the Government Performance and 
Results Modernization Act (GPRAMA) and the 2012 Financial 
Report of the U.S. Government. According to two reports 
released by GAO on June 26, 2013, the federal government has 
not fully implemented the program performance measurements 
established under GPRAMA, and the measures that have been 
implemented are not always useful to government program 
managers or Congress. GAO also found that only 37 percent of 
managers had conducted an evaluation for any program, 
operation, or project in the last five years.\3\
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Government Reform, Hearing, ``Unaccountable Government: GAO Reports 
Show Feds Struggling to Track Money and Performance,'' July 10, 2013. 
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Federal Real Property Disposal

    On January 22, 2013, Subcommittee Chairman Jason Chaffetz 
reintroduced the ``Excess Federal Building and Property 
Disposal Act of 2013.'' This bill, H.R. 328, directs the 
Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA) to 
conduct a pilot program, in consultation with the Director of 
the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), for the expedited 
disposal of real property that is no longer meeting the needs 
of the Federal Government. The bill establishes a grant program 
under which homeless-serving organizations use a portion of 
property sale proceeds under the pilot to provide permanent 
housing for the homeless. H.R. 328 also makes permanent changes 
to the Federal property disposal process and incentivizes 
agencies to appropriately manage and efficiently dispose of 
their real property assets. The bill was unanimously agreed to 
by voice vote at a Committee mark up on March 20, 2013.
    The Government Operations Subcommittee, led by Chairman 
John Mica, held several hearings highlighting excess and 
underutilized federal buildings. On February 27, 2013, Chairman 
Mica held a hearing entitled, ``Failures in Managing Federal 
Real Property: Billions in Losses.'' David Wise, director of 
the Physical Infrastructure Team at the Government 
Accountability Office (GAO), Dorothy Robyn, Commissioner of 
Public Building Services at GSA, and Leonard Gilroy, Director 
of the Government Reform Reason Foundation, served as hearing 
witnesses. The hearing brought to light the facts that 
nationally, the federal government owns 77,000 structures that 
have been deemed vacant or underutilized --14,000 have been 
deemed excess, and the government spends $1.67 billion per year 
to maintain and operate these properties. David Wise testified 
that poor communication between agencies and out-of-date or 
unreliable data on the condition of federal properties has 
exacerbated this problem.
    On March 8, 2013, the Subcommittee held a field hearing 
entitled, ``Addressing Unused and Vacant Federal Courthouses: A 
Case Study in Miami-Dade, Florida'' at the David W. Dyer 
Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Miami, Florida. This 
particular courthouse has been vacant for approximately five 
years. GSA has struggled to reposition it, and, unfortunately, 
it costs the taxpayers $1.2 million annually to maintain.
    On April 25, 2013, the Subcommittee held a field hearing 
entitled, ``Government Operations Oversight: Addressing Unused 
and Vacant Federal Property,'' in GSA's vacant L Street 
Warehouse in Washington, D.C. The hearing examined the cost to 
the taxpayers of underperforming or vacant assets and, in 
particular, the status of the vacant GSA L Street Warehouse, 
which costs GSA approximately $70,000 per year to operate and 
maintain. In addition, the hearing also highlighted the 
continued problems with the collection and accuracy of data 
contained in the Federal Real Property Profile, a database 
owned by OMB.

Government Contracting

            Suspension and Debarment
    In June 2013, the Committee held a hearing entitled: 
``Protecting Taxpayer Dollars: Is the Government Using 
Suspension and Debarment Effectively?'' GAO had identified 
serious weaknesses in the suspension & debarment programs of 
numerous agencies, which were supposed to keep the over $1 
trillion taxpayer dollars awarded annually in contracts and 
grants out of the hands of individuals and companies who should 
not get them. Witnesses from a nonpartisan public interest 
group and a law firm with extensive practice in the field of 
suspension and debarment pointed out persistent problems with 
procedural inconsistencies among various agency policies and 
practice and the lack of transparency and timeliness in 
handling cases. These fractured practices, in turn, led to the 
government-wide excluded parties database used by all 
contracting and grant officers remaining incomplete and 
unreliable. The Committee, in response, introduced and advanced 
a bipartisan legislation that reforms suspension and debarment 
procedures and overhauls the organizational management of 
suspension and debarment activity across the government.
            Government Contracting and Information Technology 
                    Acquisition
    From the beginning of the 113th Congress, mismanagement of 
federal information technology (IT) investments and the 
weakness in overall acquisition practices have been a priority 
of the Committee, and the Committee held a series of hearings 
on the subject. In January, the Committee held a hearing 
entitled, ``Wasting Information Technology Dollars: How Can the 
Federal Government Reform its IT Investment Strategy?'' This 
hearing confirmed that despite spending more than $600 billion 
over the past decade, federal IT investments, too often, run 
over budget, behind schedule, or never deliver on the promised 
solution or functionality. Industry experts have estimated that 
as much as 25 percent of the annual $80 billion spent on IT is 
attributable to mismanaged or duplicative IT investments.
    In February, the Committee held a follow-up hearing 
entitled, ``Time to Reform IT Acquisition: The Federal IT 
Acquisition Reform Act'' during which the Committee heard from 
a variety of industry experts, academia, and government IT 
leaders regarding the ways to reform IT acquisition as proposed 
in the draft Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act.
    In May, the Subcommittee on Government Operations held a 
field hearing in Fairfax, Virginia entitled, ``Data Centers and 
the Cloud: Is the Government Optimizing New Information 
Technologies Opportunities to Save Taxpayers Money?'' In July, 
the Subcommittee held a follow-up hearing entitled ``Data 
Centers and the Cloud Part II: The Federal Government's Take on 
Optimizing New Information Technologies Opportunities to Save 
Taxpayers Money.'' The two hearings revealed serious weaknesses 
in the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI), an 
OMB-driven program to reduce waste and duplication in 
government IT infrastructure. Weaknesses included the lack of 
complete inventory of data centers to be closed or 
consolidated, the lack of consistent method for tracking cost 
savings, and the lack of adequate management oversight over the 
governance of the FDCCI program. GAO witness also provided the 
current list of 17 troubled IT investments with the total value 
of $102 billion, highlighting the significance of the need for 
a reform.
    Taking into consideration various findings and 
recommendations from the above hearings and extensive 
stakeholder feedback, the Committee advanced the bipartisan IT 
acquisition reform legislation as an amendment to the House 
version of Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act.
    With respect to oversight of general acquisition practices, 
in April, the Subcommittee on National Security held a hearing 
entitled, ``Contracting to Feed U.S. Troops in Afghanistan: How 
did the Defense Department end up in a Multi-Billion Dollar 
Billing Dispute?'' This hearing examined problems associated 
with the Defense Department's subsistence prime vendor contract 
in Afghanistan with Supreme Foodservice GmbH (Supreme) a 
privately held foreign company based in Amsterdam. Witnesses 
from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and the prime 
contractor confirmed that while the scope of the contract 
dramatically expanded to meet the needs of the military 
operations within Afghanistan, the parties never finalized or 
definitized the contract terms and prices, resulting in ongoing 
legal dispute and overpayments.
    In June, the Committee held a hearing entitled, ``The IRS 
Contracts with Strong Castle, Inc.'' examining contracting 
improprieties and mismanagement at the Internal Revenue 
Service. This was the result of the Committee's 4-month long 
investigation after learning that during 2012, the IRS awarded 
contracts with a potential value of more than $500 million to 
Strong Castle, Inc., which had no federal contracts prior to 
2012. The Committee's investigation has raised serious 
questions about the integrity of the acquisition process at the 
IRS and how the agency is using the taxpayer money it collects.

Open Government and Technology

    On March 13, 2013, the Committee on Oversight and 
Government Reform held a Committee hearing on open government 
and transparency in government entitled, ``Addressing 
Transparency in the Federal Bureaucracy: Moving Toward A More 
Open Government.'' The Committee heard testimony from 
representatives of transparency watchdog groups, including Ms. 
Angela Canterbury, Director of Public Policy, Project on 
Government Oversight; Mr. Jim Harper, Director of Information 
Policy Studies, Cato Institute; Mr. Daniel Schuman, Policy 
Counsel, The Sunlight Foundation; and Ms. Celia Wexler, Senior 
Washington Representative, Center for Science and Democracy, 
Union of Concerned Scientists. The witnesses suggested areas of 
reform needed in the Freedom of Information Act and other open 
government laws.\4\
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    On September 10, 2013, the Committee held a Committee 
hearing entitled, ``Preventing Violations of Federal 
Transparency Laws.'' Witnesses included the Honorable Gary 
Gensler, Chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading 
Commission, The Honorable Lisa Jackson, former Administrator of 
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mr. Jonathan Silver, 
former Executive Director of the Loan Program Office at the 
U.S. Department of Energy, Mr. Andrew McLaughlin, former Deputy 
Chief Technology Officer at the Executive Office of the 
President, and the Honorable David Ferriero, Archivist of the 
United States. The hearing reviewed the government's policy on 
email use, particularly using unofficial email to conduct 
official work. Witnesses testified that the government does not 
adequately train staff on how to use unofficial emails or store 
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Technology Policy

    On April 16, 2013, on a vote of 416-0, the Federal 
Information Security Amendments Act of 2013 (H.R. 1163) was 
approved by the House of Representatives. During the House 
Oversight and Government Reform Committee Markup on March 20, 
2013, the bill was also approved on a unanimous bipartisan 
voice vote. H.R. 1163 enhances the Federal Information Security 
Management Act (FISMA) of 2002 by improving the framework for 
securing federal computer information technology systems. It 
also establishes a mechanism for stronger oversight of 
information technology systems by focusing on automated and 
continuous monitoring of cybersecurity threats and regular 
``threat assessments.''
    Since its enactment, FISMA has become a compliance 
activity, where all too often `check-the-box' compliance has 
taken precedence over security enhancement. To ensure that 
FISMA focuses on `real-time' threats and incorporates 
technological developments occurring in the decade since its 
enactment, H.R. 1163 was introduced. To address the increasing 
security breaches highlighted by the aforementioned GAO study, 
H.R. 1163 requires automated and continuous monitoring, when 
possible, and regular threat assessments.
    Under H.R. 1163, each agency is directed to develop, 
document, and implement an agency-wide information security 
program that includes a system that involves automated and 
continuous monitoring. Each agency is also directed to conduct 
vulnerability assessments and penetration tests commensurate 
with the risk posed to agency information systems.
    Moreover, the legislation highlights the need for a 
stronger public/private relationship, by emphasizing the 
importance of commercially developed information security 
products to national security. The bill has received strong 
support from cybersecurity experts and industry.
    The Committee is continuing its oversight of cybersecurity 
policy from the previous Congress, where the National Security, 
Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations Subcommittee held 
several hearings, including, ``Cybersecurity: Assessing the 
Immediate Threat to the United States'' to examine 
cybersecurity. Several private sector witnesses testified, as 
well as Sean McGurk from the National Cyber Security Division 
of the Department of Homeland Security, who informed the 
Subcommittee that ``The United States confronts a combination 
of known and unknown vulnerabilities, strong and rapidly 
expanding adversary capabilities, and a lack of comprehensive 
threat and vulnerability awareness.''

Federal Regulation and the Regulatory Process

    The Committee's federal regulation and regulatory process 
activities in the 113th Congress included passing regulatory 
reform legislation out of Committee, sending letters of inquiry 
and recommendation to agencies, and holding hearings on 
specific regulatory action. In July 2013, the Unfunded Mandates 
Reform Act was reported by the Committee. In the spring, the 
Committee inquired with the Office of Budget and Management 
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) about the 
status of the Unified Agenda. Earlier in the year, the 
Committee sent a joint letter with the Judiciary Committee and 
the Senate Committee on Homeland and Government Affairs 
Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight to OIRA 
encouraging the implementation of the Government Accountability 
Office's recommendations in the ``Federal Rulemaking: Agencies 
Could Take Additional Steps to Respond to Public Comments'' 
report.
    On June 21, 2013, the Subcommittee on Government Operations 
held a field hearing in Bakersville North Carolina entitled 
``Building a Better Partnership: Exploring the Mine Safety and 
Health Administration's Regulation of Southern Appalachian 
Mining. The hearing examined the Mine Safety and Health 
Administration (MSHA) and its role in regulating metal/non-
metal mining in Southern Appalachia. Witnesses included Mr. 
Marvin Lichtenfels, MSHA Deputy Administrator, Mr. Sam Bratton, 
President of North Carolina Aggregates Association, Mr. Jeff 
Stoll, Safety and Health Manager at the Quartz Corporation, and 
Mr. Mack McNeely, Vice President at LBM Industries.
    On July 18, 2013, the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job 
Creation and Regulatory Affairs held a hearing entitled 
``Regulatory Burdens: The Impact of Dodd-Frank on Community 
Banking.'' Witnesses included the Honorable R. Bradley Miller, 
former Member of Congress and Senior Fellow at the Center for 
American Progress, Ms. Hester Peirce, Senior Research Fellow at 
the Mercatus Center, Ms. Tanya Marsh, Assistant Professor of 
Law at Wake Forest University School of Law, and Mr. Eddie 
Creamer, President and CEO of Prosperity Bank in St. Augustine 
Florida. The hearing examined how federal regulations impact 
community banks.
    Also on July 18, 2013, the Subcommittee on Energy Policy, 
Health Care and Entitlements held a hearing entitled 
``Examining the Obama Administration's Social Cost of Carbon 
Estimates.'' The hearing examined the decision to recalculate 
the economic cost of carbon emissions for rulemaking. OIRA 
Administrator Howard Shelanski testified before the 
Subcommittee as to how an interagency working group revised 
previously issued guidance on the economic cost of carbon 
emission and how that guidance is used in agency rulemaking.
    On July 21, 2013, the Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health 
Care and Entitlements held a hearing entitled ``Oversight of 
IRS's Legal Basis for Expanding ObamaCare's Taxes and 
Subsidies.'' Witnesses included Mr. Jonathan Adler, Professor 
of Law at Case Western Reserve University, the Honorable Scott 
Pruitt, Oklahoma Attorney General, Mr. Charles Willey, M.D., 
CEO of Innovare Health Advocates Inc., and Ms. Emily McMahon, 
Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy at the U.S. Department of 
Treasury. The hearing examined the legal basis for the joint 
IRS and Treasury rule that extended ObamaCare's subsidies to 
individuals in federal exchanges and the impact on individuals, 
employers, and states.

Energy

    In February 2013, the Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health 
Care and Entitlements kicked off its energy hearings in the 
113th Congress with a hearing entitled, ``The Effects of Rising 
Energy Costs on American Families and Employers.'' This hearing 
set the agenda for energy oversight performed by the 
Subcommittee by looking at how much increasing energy costs 
affect American families and how the Administration's policies 
and regulations increase energy costs.
    In March 2013, the Subcommittee called the U.S. Department 
of Energy to testify at a hearing about the permitting of 
facilities to export Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), entitled, 
``The Department of Energy's Strategy for Exporting Liquefied 
Natural Gas.'' At this hearing, the Subcommittee heard 
testimony from both Deloitte and the Brookings Institute about 
the net positive benefits to the American economy of approving 
permits for LNG export to non-free trade agreement countries. 
Moreover, the Subcommittee asked Acting Assistant Secretary for 
Fossil Energy, Christopher Smith, about the necessity to 
expedite the LNG export permitting process in order for the 
U.S. economy to capitalize on the country's abundance of 
natural gas resources.
    On May 16, 2013 at 10:30 a.m., the Subcommittee on Energy 
Policy held a hearing entitled ``Opportunities Lost: 
Constraints on Oil and Gas Production on Federal Lands and 
Waters.'' The hearing examined Department of the Interior 
policies governing oil and gas production on federal lands and 
waters. Testimony was received from the Acting Assistant 
Secretary for Land and Minerals Management and an analyst from 
the Government Accountability Office. Specific topics addressed 
at the hearing included a proposed rule governing hydraulic 
fracturing on federal lands managed by the Bureau of Land 
Management, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's 
policies with respect to offshore oil and gas exploration.
    On June 5, 2013, the Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health 
Care and Entitlements held a hearing entitled, ``Up Against the 
Blend Wall: Examining EPA's Role in the Renewable Fuel 
Standard.'' The hearing examined the Renewable Fuel Standard 
(RFS) including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 
management of the program. The RFS determines the specific 
amount of renewable fuel, most commonly corn-derived ethanol, 
that must be contained within transportation fuel sold in the 
United States. However, the high amount of renewable fuel 
called for by the law is having profound negative consequences 
for consumers. The Subcommittee heard from a variety of 
affected parties, ranging from turkey farmer representatives to 
gasoline producers about the negative effects of the RFS. The 
Subcommittee also heard testimony from EPA about the waiver 
authority afforded it by law and urged the agency to use it to 
ameliorate the situation.
    On July 18, 2013, the Subcommittee held a hearing entitled, 
``Examining the Obama Administration's Social Cost of Carbon 
Estimates.'' The hearing examined the Obama Administration's 
decision to recalculate how it determines the economic cost of 
carbon emissions for rulemaking. Testimony was provided by 
Howard Shelanski, the Administrator of the Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs at the White House. The 
Subcommittee was concerned about the lack of transparency about 
this process and pressed Mr. Shelanski to conduct these 
analyses in a more open and transparent manner.
    On October 2, 2013, at 9:30 a.m., the Subcommittee on 
Energy Policy held a hearing entitled ``Oversight of the Wind 
Energy Production Tax Credit.'' The American Taxpayer Relief 
Act of 2013, also known as the ``fiscal cliff deal,'' included 
a 1-year extension of the Internal Revenue Code Sec. 45 tax 
credit for electricity produced from wind sources. The hearing 
considered the arguments for and against another extension of 
the credit. A revenue estimate from the Joint Committee on 
Taxation, prepared at the request of Subcommittee Chairman 
James Lankford, found that a 1-year extension would cost 
taxpayers $6.2 billion, while a 5-year extension would cost 
$18.5 billion. The hearing also examined how the Internal 
Revenue Service intends to enforce the ``beginning of 
construction'' requirement of the current law, and featured 
testimony from the IRS Associate Counsel for Passthroughs and 
Special Industries.

Environment

    The Committee held a hearing in October 2013, about fraud 
committed by an employee of the U.S. Environmental Protection 
Agency. The hearing entitled, ``Secret Agent Man: Oversight of 
the EPA IG's Investigation of John Beale,'' brought to light 
many of the facts surrounding the fraudulent actions of John 
Beale, an EPA employee who claimed that he was a CIA agent 
while working at the EPA. The Committee found that Beale was 
never a CIA agent and that he instead used that as cover to go 
on expensive trips and take time off from work at the same time 
receiving a salary above the legal limit for federal employees. 
The Committee continues to investigate the actions of EPA and 
Mr. Beale in determining the extent to which fraud was 
committed with taxpayer money.
    The Committee continues to pursue an investigation into 
EPA's conduct regarding the Pebble Mine project in Bristol Bay, 
Alaska. EPA has been considering the use of an unprecedented 
preemptive veto under the Clean Water Act of a mining permit 
that has yet to be applied for. The agency has also undertaken 
a study of the Bristol Bay watershed based on a hypothetical 
mine plan that does not actually exist as part of its review of 
this project. The Committee has requested email communications 
and transcribed interviews with present and former EPA 
officials in order to learn more and continues to investigate 
the matter.
    The Committee continues to pursue an investigation into the 
use of alias email accounts at EPA as well as the implications 
these accounts have for producing documents through the Freedom 
of Information Act and in response to Congressional inquiries. 
In April 2013, in conjunction with Ranking Member David Vitter 
of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, 
Chairman Issa sent a letter to EPA requesting email 
communications from Administrator Gina McCarthy as well as 
former Administrator Lisa Jackson's alias email account that 
were produced in a heavily redacted form pursuant to a FOIA 
request. The Committee continues to investigate this matter.

Health Care and Entitlements

    In March of 2013, the Committee on Oversight and Government 
Reform in its relentless pledge to the American people of 
continuing to watch out for taxpayers' dollars released a 
report entitled ``Billions of Federal Tax Dollars Misspent on 
New York's Medicaid Program''. The report focused on New York 
because New York State's Medicaid program is the largest in the 
country. In fiscal year 2010, New York's $2,700 per resident 
Medicaid spending exceeded per capita Medicaid spending in the 
rest of the country by more than $1,500. Poor program oversight 
by both the State and federal Government has contributed to 
these problems. The report discussed past findings of the 
Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health 
and Human Services (HHS), investigative reporters, whistle-
blowers and this Committee of waste, fraud, and abuse within 
New York's Medicaid program. It also explicitly recognized the 
positive and significant reform efforts of New York Governor 
Andrew Cuomo, highlighted continuing concerns and offered 
several recommendations aimed at protecting future tax dollars.
    In April, the Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care 
and Entitlements held a hearing entitled, ``Examining the Lack 
of Transparency and Consumer-Driven Market Forces in U.S. 
Health Care.'' The hearing examined serious problems within the 
U.S. health care system, including adverse health care events 
experienced by patients resulting from poor care and 
overtreatment and the burden on families and taxpayers 
resulting from rising health care spending. The hearing also 
looked into the causes and consequences of medical mistakes and 
the lack of publicly available information about provider 
performance. The Subcommittee heard testimony from two 
witnesses, Dr. Marty Makary and Dr. John Goodman, both of whom 
have studied the problems that exist in the U.S. health care 
system.
    In May, the Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care and 
Entitlements in a joint effort with the Subcommittee on 
Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs held a 
joint hearing entitled, ``Examining the Concerns About 
ObamaCare Outreach Campaign.'' The Subcommittees heard 
testimony from Mr. Gary Cohen, an official from the Centers for 
Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), regarding the funding, 
selection, training and oversight of Navigators and in-person 
assisters (Assisters), who are responsible for education and 
outreach efforts to individuals covered by the new health 
insurance exchanges set up by the Patient Protection and 
Affordable Care Act. The hearing closely examined ObamaCare's 
outreach program in an effort to better understand how these 
multi-faceted and wide-reaching programs are being implemented. 
This hearing enabled the Subcommittees to seek further 
clarification on the issues and better understand HHS's vision 
for the Navigators and Assisters in the program.
    On July 17th, a joint hearing effort took place between the 
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform's Subcommittee on 
Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements, and the Committee 
on Homeland Security's Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, 
Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies when a 
hearing entitled, ``Evaluating Privacy, Security, and Fraud 
Concerns with ObamaCare's Information Sharing Apparatus'' was 
held. The Subcommittees examined the development of the federal 
data hub established by ObamaCare, the Department of Health and 
Human Services' plans for protecting the personal data of 
individuals who purchase coverage through the new state health 
insurance exchanges and the new federally-facilitated health 
insurance exchanges. This hearing also focused on how the data 
that will be gathered through these sources will be used to 
verify applicant's eligibility for tax credits. The hearing 
also placed focus on how the data hub will transmit personally 
identifiable information, such as social security numbers, 
dates of birth, marital status, number of dependents, household 
income and citizenship status. It was important to understand 
how the department plans to implement and operate this system 
as it will hold very delicate information from citizens signing 
up for Obamacare, as well as for determining any credits that 
individuals receive.
    The same month on July 31st, the Subcommittee on Energy 
Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements held a hearing entitled, 
``Oversight of IRS's Legal Basis for Expanding ObamaCare's 
Taxes and Subsidies.'' ObamaCare made health insurance 
subsidies available in states that established their own health 
insurance exchanges, but the IRS and Treasury department issued 
a rule that extended those subsidies to individuals in states 
that decided not to establish their own health insurance 
exchanges. The Subcommittee examined the legal basis for the 
joint IRS and Treasury rule that extended ObamaCare's subsidies 
to individuals in federal exchanges as well as the rule's 
impact on individuals, employers and states. The subcommittee 
invited and took testimony from stakeholders and experts on the 
legality of IRS and Treasury's rule, the process used to form 
the rule, and the effects of the rule on the general public. 
This investigation is still on-going.
    In September 28th, Majority staff released a preliminary 
report entitled ``Risks of Fraud and Misinformation with 
ObamaCare Outreach Campaign: How Navigator and Assister Program 
Mismanagement Endangers Consumers''. ObamaCare requires states 
to establish ``Navigators'' to conduct outreach about the law, 
provide fair and impartial information to consumers, and 
facilitate enrollment in new health insurance exchanges and 
state Medicaid programs. However, ObamaCare explicitly 
prohibited states from using federal exchange establishment 
grants to fund Navigator organizations; instead ObamaCare 
required that Navigators receive funding from a state 
exchange's operational funds. When several states objected to 
financing Navigators with state revenue, the Administration 
created a twin program called In-Person Assisters (Assisters) 
in states with state-based exchanges. This year alone, the 
Administration will provide several hundred million dollars of 
unauthorized taxpayer funds to Assister organizations. The 
committee has and will continue to further look into this 
matter to make sure that all statutes are followed and that 
taxpayer funds are not victims of waste, fraud or abuse.
    On October 9, the Committee on Oversight and Government 
Reform held a hearing entitled, ``Examining the IRS's Role in 
Implementing and Enforcing ObamaCare.'' The Committee examined 
the operational challenges that the IRS faces in implementing 
ObamaCare, including the many new taxes that IRS will implement 
as well as the determination, payment, and reconciliation of 
the advanced tax credits. Sarah Hall Ingram, of the IRS's 
Affordable Care Act Office and Former Commissioner for Tax 
Exempt and Government Entities was invited to testify at this 
hearing. Additionally, the committee touched upon on the IRS's 
role in enforcing ObamaCare's taxes and implementing its 
subsidies and its central role in the data-sharing network 
created by the Department of Health and Human Services to 
conduct eligibility determinations and calculations for 
advanced health insurance tax credits.
    On November 13th, the Committee on Oversight and Government 
Reform held a hearing entitled, ``ObamaCare Implementation: The 
Rollout of HealthCare.gov''. The Committee examined the 
Administration's development and rollout of Healthcare.gov, 
including whether the Administration followed industry best 
practices in the development of ObamaCare's information 
technology systems. The launch of Healthcare.gov which was to 
go live on October 1, 2013 in accordance to industry standards 
was anything but a success. The website given the user volume 
experienced could not handle the amount of traffic, leading to 
its service interruptions/glitches which led the Committee to 
contact and call for documentation from twelve different 
vendors involved in its construction and eight tech giants to 
see whether they had involvement on the IT project.
    The Committee received thousands of pages in document 
productions by these vendors and entities. The hearing examined 
the operational challenges at the root of the troubled website 
launch, and compared them to best practices in the industry. 
Invited to testify were Mr. Steven VanRoekel, CIO of the United 
States, Mr. Todd Park, CIO Office of Science and Technology 
Policy, Mr. Henry Chao, Deputy CIO for Centers for Medicare and 
Medicaid Services, Mr. Frank Baitman, CIO of HHS, Mr. David 
Powner, Director of IT Management Issues with the GAO, Mr. 
Richard Spires, former CIO of Homeland Security and lastly Ms. 
Karen Evans, Partner at KE&T Partners, LLC. While the 
investigation is still on-going, given the testimony and 
evidence presented at the hearing and received productions, it 
is clear that there was poor implementation, development, and 
testing of HealthCare.gov. This investigation is still on-
going.
    The Committee held four field hearings to examine the 
impact of Obamacare on individuals and employers across the 
nation. On November 22, the first hearing entitled ``ObamaCare 
Implementation: Sticker Shock of Increased Premiums for 
Healthcare Coverage'' took place in Gastonia, NC and examined 
the impacts of ObamaCare on the citizens of that State. The 
second hearing ``ObamaCare Implementations: High Costs, Few 
Choices for Rural America'' took place on November 25th in 
Gainesville, GA and this hearing focused on ObamaCare's impact 
on health insurance coverage and premiums in Georgia as well as 
its effects on the local economy.
    In December the committee traveled to the states of Arizona 
and Texas to further examine Obamacare's regulations and its 
effect on the U.S. general public. These two hearings entitled 
``Obamacare Implementation, The Broken Promise: If You Like 
Your Current Plan You Can Keep It'' and ``ObamaCare 
Implementation: Who Are The Navigators?'' further examined the 
ObamaCare implementation issues including the controversy of 
who the Navigators are, and what are the requirements necessary 
to become one. In preparation for questions/inquiries for these 
hearings the committee performed two transcribed interviews in 
regards to the Navigators program, additionally a transcribed 
interview with Mr. Henry Chao, Deputy CIO for Centers for 
Medicare and Medicaid Services, and seven other additional 
interviews related to Healthcare.gov and its failed launch.
    In addition to the hearings, staff reports, and witnesses 
invited to testify in front of the Oversight and Government 
Reform committee and Subcommittees, in 2013 we have sent over 
17 letters addressed to Health and Human Services Secretary 
Kathleen Sebelius ranging in topic and depth in regards to 
HHS's role on the implementation, development and rollout of 
ObamaCare. The level of response has varied from the department 
and we will continue to address letters as needed in the future 
as we see fit to seek clarification to the committee's 
inquiries and on-going investigations.
            Federal Disability Programs (SSDI/SSI)
    In March, the Committee began a major oversight effort to 
examine the Social Security Administration's management of the 
federal disability programs including the pressure the agency 
applied on administrative law judges (ALJs) to decide an 
increasing number of cases and the failure to guarantee program 
integrity by completing continuing disability reviews (CDRs) in 
a timely manner to ensure that beneficiaries are still eligible 
for the programs.
    To date, the Committee has written four letters to SSA 
requesting documents and information and engaged in a series of 
briefings with SSA on various issues relating to the oversight 
including the agency's decision to establish production goals 
for ALJs in order to pay down the backlog. SSA's own data shows 
that from 2005-2013, over 930,000 individuals were added to the 
program by ALJs who approved over 80 percent of their cases. 
Many of these individuals have never been reviewed to determine 
whether or not they were added to the program appropriately 
since the agency has a 1.3 million backlog of CDRs.
    In addition, the Committee wrote the Inspector General 
(OIG) about unimplemented recommendations for SSA and engaged 
in a series of briefings regarding OIG's investigation of a 
criminal conspiracy to defraud the federal disability programs 
in Puerto Rico.
    On June 27th, the Energy Policy, Health Care, and 
Entitlements subcommittee held a hearing entitled ``Oversight 
of Rising Social Security Disability Claims and the Role of 
Administrative Law Judges'' where four current or former SSA 
ALJs testified about fundamental problems with the disability 
adjudication process. Former SSA ALJ J.E. Sullivan testified 
that ``the SSA management's high volume and speedy production 
goal agenda results in management pressuring judges to stop all 
meaningful adjudication work'' and results ``in production of a 
large number of disability decisions that have not been 
properly reviewed, analyzed, or decided.'' The SSA official 
responsible for managing the disability adjudication and review 
process also testified about current SSA initiatives to improve 
the adjudication process.
    The Committee also was contacted by over a dozen current or 
former SSA ALJs who echoed their concerns about SSA's emphasis 
of quantity over quality as well as other problems including 
attorney misconduct and outdated SSA policies that impacted the 
ability of ALJs to make fair and timely decisions.
    The Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements 
subcommittee held a follow up hearing on November 19th entitled 
``Continuing Oversight of the Social Security Administration's 
Mismanagement of Federal Disability Program.'' Three SSA 
officials and the Inspector General testified about various 
program integrity initiatives and timetables for reform.
    The committee has also conducted three transcribed 
interviews of SSA officials to assist with the oversight. The 
three witnesses testified that while SSA introduced a 500-700 
production goal for ALJs in 2007, many ALJs decided thousands 
of cases per year until the agency started limiting case 
assignments in 2011. The witnesses also testified that any ALJs 
who decide more than 700 cases per year may be sacrificing 
quality yet the agency currently still allows ALJs to be 
assigned 860 cases per year. The Committee also learned that 
there are inconsistencies among ALJs regarding methods for case 
review and application of rules and regulations.
    The Committee also wrote to the U.S. Government 
Accountability Office (GAO) requesting that it review the role 
of private consultants and organizations in increasing the 
number of individuals enrolled in federal disability programs. 
GAO accepted this project and will complete the review in 2014.
    The Administrative Conference of the United States also 
briefed the Committee, Chairman Lankford, and Ranking Member 
Speier on its recommendations for how SSA can improve the 
programs.

District of Columbia

    During the 113th Congress, legislation and oversight 
relating to the District of Columbia is being handled by the 
full Committee, rather than by a subcommittee.
    The Committee continues to monitor and oversee the 
implementation of the Opportunity Scholarship Program, which 
was reauthorized in 2011. The program has seen modest growth 
since that time and the Committee continues to work with the 
city and the Department of Education to strengthen the program 
and boost enrollment.
    Following up on the D.C. Subcommittee's 2012 work on the 
law that governs the city's building heights, the Chairman 
asked the National Capital Planning Commission and the city to 
jointly study how modifying the city's height restrictions 
might impact both the federal and local constituencies inside 
the District. The Committee is reviewing both NCPC and the 
city's findings on building heights.
    The Committee also is committed to granting D.C. autonomy 
over its locally-generated budget. The federal government 
shutdown in October 2013 illustrated how important it is for 
the city to have authority to spend its own dollars outside of 
the federal appropriations process.

The Census

    On September 11, 2013, the Subcommittee on Federal 
Workforce, U.S. Postal Service, and the Census held a hearing 
entitled: ``Ensuring an Accurate and Affordable 2020 Census.'' 
The hearing examined the status of a number of cost saving 
reforms the Census Bureau is considering implementing for the 
2020 decennial census. These potential reforms include offering 
an internet census response option, the use of electronic 
devices for enumerators, improved IT infrastructure, and an 
expanded use of administrative records. Discussion at the 
hearing focused, in particular, on shifting to a more flexible 
``bring your own device'' model for enumerators and the 
potential disadvantages of building an internal proprietary IT 
infrastructure. Witnesses at the hearing included Census Bureau 
Director John Thompson, as well as two representatives from the 
Government Accountability Office.

National Archives and Federal Records

    On March 20, 2013, the Committee considered two pieces of 
legislation designed to help modernize and improve the 
transparency of presidential and federal records. H.R. 1233, 
the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2013, 
was introduced by Ranking Member Cummings and approved by the 
Committee on a voice vote. H.R. 1234, the Electronic Message 
Preservation Act, was introduced by Ranking Member Cummings and 
also was approved by the Committee on a voice vote. Both bills 
were reported from the Committee as H.R. 3071 during the 112th 
Congress. Additionally, this Congress identical text was added 
to both pieces of legislation in order to create a framework 
for the use of personal electronic messaging accounts to 
conduct official business.

Government Management and the Federal Workforce

    The Committee held five hearings to examine key issues 
impacting government management and the federal civilian 
workforce.
    On April 11, 2013, the Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, 
U.S. Postal Service, and the Census held a hearing entitled, 
``The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program: Is it a Good 
Value for Federal Employees?'' The hearing, which reviewed the 
Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) administration of the 
Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program, followed the 
Committee's oversight and legislative work during the 112th 
Congress on federal employee compensation. Committee members 
examined the Administration's proposed legislative changes 
designed to improve the program, including policies to allow 
additional health plan types, establish a third enrollment 
category, and tier premiums to participation in wellness 
initiatives. Chairman Issa introduced legislation, H.R. 3319, 
to allow non-federal workers access to the FEHB Program.
    During the May 9, 2013, hearing entitled, ``Is OPM 
Processing Federal Worker Pension Claims on Time?'' the 
Subcommittee challenged OPM to identify and implement effective 
solutions to improve the retirement claims process and better 
manage costs so that federal employees may receive their earned 
benefits in a timely manner. The Subcommittee assessed OPM's 
efforts to reduce the backlog for processing claims, leverage 
information technology to modernize the process, and decrease 
improper payments of retirement benefits. The hearing followed 
the Subcommittee's November 15, 2011 hearing which examined the 
extent to which OPM is meeting its core mission. OPM failed to 
meet its July 2013 goal to eliminate the backlog of retirement 
claims and process 90 percent of retirement claims received 
within 30 days.
    On June 5, 2013, the Subcommittee held a hearing entitled, 
``OPM's Revolving Fund: A Cycle of Government Waste.'' The 
hearing examined OPM's revolving fund programs, including the 
quality of services provided and internal controls. Committee 
members reviewed the Administration's legislative proposal to 
provide OPM Inspector General resources to more adequately 
audit and investigative revolving fund activity. The hearing 
led to the introduction of H.R. 2860, the OPM IG Act, that will 
enhance the OPM Inspector General's oversight of the more than 
$2 billion in revolving fund activity.
    On June 18, 2013, the Committee held a hearing entitled, 
``Reinventing Government.'' The hearing focused on improving 
government efficiency and performance as a means to control 
government spending. Committee members discussed establishing a 
Government Transformation Committee as a way to consolidate and 
reorganize government to more effectively deliver core 
government services. Legislation establishing a government 
transformation commission, H.R. 2675, was introduced by 
Representative Bustos on July 11, 2013, and referred to the 
Committee.
    During the July 10, 2013 Subcommittee hearing entitled, 
``The Combined Federal Campaign: Making Every Dollar Count,'' 
the Subcommittee sought to better understand the impact of 
OPM's proposed regulatory changes to the Combined Federal 
Campaign (CFC), with an eye toward reaching consensus on 
sensible changes to better support federal workers who choose 
to donate. The Subcommittee continues to monitor OPM's efforts 
to work with participating charities and donors to strengthen 
the integrity, streamline operations, and increase the 
effectiveness of the CFC.

The United States Postal Service

    The Committee and the Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, 
U.S. Postal Service, and the Census conducted significant 
oversight of the United States Postal Service and its 
deteriorating financial condition. In its work, the Committee 
placed a particular focus on the impacts of the Postal 
Service's deterioration in the mailing industry, as well as on 
the discussion of potential legislative reforms.
    On April 10, 2013 the Federal Workforce Subcommittee held a 
hearing entitled, ``Ahead of Postal Reform: Hearing from USPS 
Business Partners.'' The hearing presented committee members 
with testimony from broad segments of the mailing community, 
including advertising mailers, a magazine publisher, a 
newspaper publisher, and a mail-order pharmacy, all of whom 
shared their thoughts on the future of the Postal Service and 
the impacts that proposed reforms could have on their business. 
On April 17, 2013, the Committee expanded on the work on the 
Subcommittee's hearing with a second hearing entitled, 
``Options to Bring the Postal Service Back from Insolvency.'' 
At this hearing, members heard testimony from Mickey Barnett, 
the Chairman of the Postal Service's Board of Governors; 
Patrick Donahoe, the Postmaster General; Gene Dodaro, the 
Comptroller General of the United States; and Frederick 
Rolando, the President of the National Association of Letter 
Carriers. At this hearing, specific reform proposals were 
discussed at length and the Postal Service's financial 
condition was characterized in its own words.
    By the time of these two hearings, the Postal Service was 
already in default to the federal government for $11.1 billion 
to prefund its already accrued retiree health care liability 
and the Postal Service had lost a record $15.6 billion in 
fiscal year 2012. While partial year returns showed slightly 
better than expected finances for fiscal year 2013, due in part 
to revenue generated by the 2012 presidential election, the 
Postal Service was still operating at a loss and was projected 
to default on a further $5.6 billion payment for retiree health 
care liability on September 30, 2013, a default that did 
ultimately occur.
    Given the Postal Service's tenuous position, on July 19, 
2013, Chairman Issa, along with Federal Workforce Subcommittee 
Chairman Blake Farenthold and his predecessor as Subcommittee 
Chairman, Dennis Ross, introduced H.R. 2748, the Postal Reform 
Act of 2013. H.R. 2748 was modeled after H.R. 2309 from the 
112th Congress, which had been ordered reported by the 
Oversight Committee on October 13, 2011. However, in addition 
to many of the provisions from H.R. 2309, H.R. 2748 also 
included a number of provisions from H.R. 2690, the Innovate to 
Deliver Act of 2013, introduced by Ranking Member Elijah 
Cummings, including a provision to create a Chief Innovation 
Officer within the Postal Service. On July 24, 2013, the 
Committee held a markup to consider H.R. 2748. A total of 5 
amendments were adopted and the legislation was subsequently 
ordered to be reported to the House of Representatives by a 
vote of 22-17.

National Security and Foreign Operations

    In February 2013, the Subcommittee on National Security 
continued a series of hearing on issues regarding taxpayer 
expenditures in Afghanistan. The Subcommittee heard testimony 
from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan 
Reconstruction, who conducted an audit of the Afghanistan 
National Army's logistics capability for petroleum, oil, and 
lubricants provided via U.S. resources. In April, the 
Subcommittee also held a hearing titled, ``Contracting to Feed 
U.S. Troops in Afghanistan: How did the Defense Department end 
up in a Multi-Billion Dollar Billing Dispute?'' to examine 
concerns with a major Defense Department subsistence contract 
in Afghanistan. Officials from the Defense Logistics Agency, 
the Defense Department's Inspector General, and an executive 
from the contracting company testified before the Subcommittee.
    In April 2013, the Subcommittee conducted a joint hearing 
with the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and 
Regulatory Affairs to examine the federal government's 
procurement processes and storage logistics regarding 
ammunition. Members heard testimony from the Homeland Security 
Department's Chief Procurement Officer, the Inspector General 
of the Social Security Administration, as well as the President 
of the National Law Enforcement Officers Association. In 
August, the Subcommittee held its second hearing examining 
federal government weapons management. The Subcommittee focused 
on an inspector general report highlighting missing weapons at 
the National Park Service.
    In May 2013, the Committee on Oversight and Government 
Reform held a hearing entitled, ``Benghazi: Exposing Failure 
and Recognizing Courage.'' The Committee received testimony 
from three State Department officials with direct knowledge of 
the facts and circumstances of the September 11, 2012, 
terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. Gregory Hicks, Deputy 
Chief of Mission at Embassy Tripoli on the night of the 
terrorist attacks, and Mark Thompson, Deputy Coordinator for 
Operations in the State Department's Bureau of Counterterrorism 
offered new testimony that provided additional insight into 
events in Libya and at the State Department on the night of the 
September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks. Eric Nordstrom, the 
former Regional Security Officer at Embassy Tripoli, provided 
context about security procedures and resourcing at U.S. 
diplomatic facilities in Libya.
    In September 2013, the Committee on Oversight and 
Government Reform held a hearing entitled, ``Reviews of the 
Benghazi Attack and Unanswered Questions.'' The Committee 
received testimony from two panels of witnesses. On the first 
panel, Ambassador Thomas Pickering and Admiral Michael Mullen, 
USN (Ret.), Chair and Vice-Chair respectively of the State 
Department's Accountability Review Board, convened to review 
the facts and circumstances of the September 11, 2012 terrorist 
attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya. 
Joining them were Mark Sullivan, a former Director of the 
Secret Service and Todd Keil, a former Assistant Secretary of 
Homeland Security, who served on an Independent Panel on Best 
Practices, convened by the State Department to review the 
diplomatic security function of the Department. On the second 
panel, the Committee heard from Patricia Smith and Charles 
Woods, parents of two of the victims of the Benghazi attack--
Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods.

Homeland Security

    The Subcommittee on National Security held a hearing in 
April on the impact of sequestration on the Transportation 
Security Administration. The Subcommittee received testimony 
from Mr. John Halinski, the Deputy Administrator of TSA. Also 
in April, the Subcommittee on National Security, along with the 
Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory 
Affairs, jointly held a hearing entitled, ``Oversight of the 
Federal Government's Procurement of Ammunition'' to examine the 
procurement and use of ammunition by Federal Government 
agencies. Members heard testimony from: Dr. Nick Nayak, the 
Department of Homeland Security Chief Procurement Officer; Mr. 
Humberto Medina, the Assistant Director for Immigration and 
Customs Enforcement's National Firearms and Tactical Training 
Unit, and also the Chair of the DHS Weapons and Ammunition 
Commodity Council; and The Honorable Patrick P. O'Carroll, Jr., 
the Social Security Administration Inspector General.
    In May 2013, the Subcommittee on Government Operations held 
a hearing examining government-issued identification card 
programs administered by the Transportation Security 
Administration. The hearing focused on agencies' efforts to 
incorporate secure biometric technologies into their 
identification card programs using TSA's Transportation Worker 
Identification Credential (TWIC) program as a case study. The 
hearing also featured testimony from the Government 
Accountability Office concerning a report regarding the use of 
biometric and other advanced technologies for the TWIC program. 
In June, the Subcommittee on Government Operations held a 
hearing entitled: ``Federal Government Approaches to Issuing 
Biometric IDs: Part II.'' The hearing examined the status, 
costs, and management of various federal identification cards. 
The hearing also focused on agencies' efforts to incorporate 
secure biometric technologies into their identification card 
programs.
    In June 2013, the Subcommittee on National Security held a 
hearing on border security entitled, Border Security Oversight: 
Identifying and Responding to Current Threats.'' Accordingly, 
the hearing examined various risks at the southwest border and 
discussed government responses to each threat, ranging from 
technological solutions to strategic placement of border patrol 
agents. Members received testimony from Customs and Border 
Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), 
Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS), and the Government 
Accountability Office.
    In July 2013, the Subcommittee heard testimony from senior 
government witnesses about challenges in the asylum process at 
the border. The hearing assessed U.S. border security efforts 
and challenges to obtaining operational control of the 
southwest border, including the process and procedures relating 
to asylum requests.
    The Committee has been conducting extensive oversight of 
TSA's policies and programs since the agency's inception. The 
Aviation and Transportation Security Act of 2001, P.L. 107-71, 
requires TSA to provide for the screening of individuals 
boarding commercial aircraft. To comply with this requirement, 
TSA has primarily relied upon technology to screen passengers 
at airport checkpoints. In response to the Christmas Day 
Bomber, however, TSA procured and deployed Advanced Imaging 
Technology (``AIT'' also known as ``Whole Body Imaging'') 
machines.
    Since the previous Congress, the Committee has been 
investigating alternative options for passenger screening that 
may be more effective than Advanced Imaging Technology. 
Accordingly, at the request of the Committee, GAO conducted 
tests examining other potential screening mechanisms, including 
the utility of an increased canine presence at airports.
    The Committee has conducted oversight and investigations of 
a broad range of other TSA policies and programs. To that end, 
it continues to examine aviation security matters including 
information sharing, federal workforce issues in managing 
airport security, and the training and supervision of airport 
screeners, and storage of equipment.
    The Committee has continued conducting oversight of U.S. 
Border Patrol and Customs operations, intended to secure the 
Southwest border. Since the Committee's July 9, 2009, hearing, 
drug cartel-related violence in Mexico has continued to 
escalate in both frequency and intensity. According to reports, 
``2,826 people were killed in 2007; more than twice that 
number, 6,837, in 2008; an additional forty per cent [sic], 
9,614, in 2009; and almost sixty per cent [sic] more, 15,273, 
last year [in 2010].'' Since December 2006, the total number of 
deaths in Mexico has risen above 50,000. Most of these crimes 
occurred within a short distance of the U.S. border, raising 
concerns about the security of U.S. citizens. Meanwhile, the 
Committee continues to conduct oversight in order to answer 
questions about whether the U.S. Southwest border is adequately 
secured.
    The Committee has been conducting oversight of 
cybersecurity policy. In July 2011, the Oversight and 
Government Reform Committee held a hearing, ``Cybersecurity: 
Assessing the Nation's Ability to Address the Growing Cyber 
Threat'' to further examine cybersecurity threats and 
challenges. The Committee has been continuing its effort to 
update FISMA.

Financial Management

    On July 10, 2013, the Committee held a hearing entitled, 
``Unaccountable Government: GAO Reports Show Feds Struggling to 
Track Money and Performance.'' Comptroller General Dodaro 
testified about GAO's work on the Government Performance and 
Results Modernization Act (GPRAMA) and the 2012 Financial 
Report of the U.S. Government. The Comptroller General reported 
that the government failed to pass an audit of its financial 
statements. To date, the government has never passed an audit. 
As a result, GAO could not verify the accuracy or reliability 
of the government's spending. The Comptroller General noted 
that unless policy changes are made, the federal government 
faces an unsustainable fiscal path. The hearing also revealed 
that the government cannot track spending information. 
Comptroller General Dodaro testified that legislation to create 
unique identifiers and standardize spending information would 
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    \6\U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Oversight and 
Government Reform, Hearing, ``Unaccountable Government: GAO Reports 
Show Feds Struggling to Track Money and Performance,'' July 10, 2013. 
Available at: http://oversight.house.gov/hearing/unaccountable-
government-gao-reports-show-feds-struggling-to-track-money-and-
performance/.
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    On August 2, 2013, the Subcommittee on Government 
Operations held a hearing entitled, ``Examining the 
Skyrocketing Problem of Identity Theft Related Tax Fraud at the 
IRS.'' Witnesses included the Honorable Daniel Werfel, Acting 
Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Mr. Michael 
McKenney, Deputy Inspector General for Audit at the Treasury 
Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), Ms. Nina 
Olson, the National Taxpayer Advocate at the Taxpayer Advocate 
Service at IRS, and Mr. Douglas MacGinnitie, State Revenue 
Commissioner at the Department of Revenue for the State of 
Georgia. The National Taxpayer Advocate reported that she has 
seen a 78 percent increase in identity theft cases at the IRS 
from FY 2011 to FY 2012. Over the last five years, the number 
of cases has increased by 413 percent. TIGTA testified that the 
IRS could pay out over $5 billion in potentially fraudulent 
returns in 2013. Mr. MacGinnitie testified that the State of 
Georgia was working with third party data providers to detect 
fraud on a state level and stop fraudulent payments before they 
are issued. Acting Commissioner Werfel acknowledged that it was 
a serious problem, and the IRS's work to combat identity theft 
related tax fraud will continue to grow.\7\
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    \7\U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Oversight and 
Government Reform, Hearing, ``Examining the Skyrocketing Problem of 
Identity Theft Related Tax Fraud at the IRS,'' August 2, 2013. 
Available at: http://oversight.house.gov/hearing/examining-the-
skyrocketing-problem-of-identity-theft-related-tax-fraud-at-the-irs/. 
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     V. Summary of Additional Oversight Activities Undertaken, and 
             Recommendations Made and Actions Taken Thereon


IRS Targeting

    The Committee has been investigating the Internal Revenue 
Service's inappropriate treatment of conservative applicants 
for tax-exempt status. On May 10, 2013, IRS Exempt 
Organizations Director Lois Lerner acknowledged via a planted 
question at a tax-law panel that the IRS used ``incorrect, 
insensitive, and inappropriate'' screening criteria such as 
``tea party'' in selecting applications for tax-exempt status 
for further review. Ms. Lerner's remarks were prompted by an 
audit that was to be issued the following week by the Treasury 
Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), which was 
requested by Chairman Issa and Subcommittee Chairman Jordan in 
March 2012.
    The Committee has held two hearings as a part of this 
investigation. At the Committee's May, 22, 2013, hearing, Ms. 
Lerner stated that she was invoking her Fifth Amendment 
privilege against self-incrimination to refuse to answer 
questions after voluntarily offering an opening statement. On 
June 28, 2013, the Committee held a business meeting and voted 
to determine that Ms. Lerner's opening statement constituted a 
waiver on her Fifth Amendment privilege against self-
incrimination.
    The Committee has reviewed over 300,000 pages of documents 
and conducted 33 transcribed interviews with former and current 
IRS employees. The Committee has issued two subpoenas, one for 
IRS documents and one for Treasury Department documents. The 
Committee continues to gather facts through documents and 
testimony to examine potential wrongdoing at the IRS.

Fast and Furious

    In fall 2009, the Department of Justice and the Bureau of 
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) implemented a 
risky strategy known as ``gunwalking'' to track illegal 
firearms along the Mexican border. On December 14, 2010, ATF 
agent Brian Terry was killed in Arizona; two weapons found at 
the scene were traced to the gunwalking program, Operation Fast 
and Furious. The Committee's comprehensive investigation has 
exposed serious management and operational failures.
    On June 28, 2012, by a margin of 258-95, the House of 
Representatives voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in 
contempt of Congress. This vote authorized the Oversight and 
Government Reform Committee to seek redress in federal court in 
order to compel the Attorney General to produce documents 
pursuant to a duly authorized subpoena issued by the Committee. 
On August 13, 2012, the Committee filed a complaint against the 
Attorney General in U.S. District Court for the District of 
Columbia.
    On October 15, 2012, the Justice Department filed a Motion 
to Dismiss. This Motion was argued before the court on April 
24, 2013, and on September 30, 2013, Judge Amy Berman Jackson 
denied the Motion. On November 15, 2013, the Justice Department 
filed a Motion for Interlocutory Appeal pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 
Sec. 1292(b). On November 18, 2013, Judge Jackson denied the 
Motion. The Committee will file a Motion for Summary Judgment 
by December 16, 2013.
    The Committee has also engaged in three court-ordered 
mediation sessions with the Justice Department in an attempt to 
settle the lawsuit. These sessions occurred on March 26, 
November 12, and November 20, 2013. To date, mediation has not 
yielded a settlement.

Wasteful Conference Spending

    During 2013, the Committee continued to build on its prior 
work on the now-infamous General Services Administration (GSA) 
conference in Las Vegas. Two conferences in particular--one 
held by the IRS and one held by the U.S. Department of Veterans 
Affairs (VA)--deserved scrutiny for the excessive and wasteful 
spending that occurred at each.
    In June 2013, the Committee held a hearing to examine 
excessive spending that occurred at an IRS conference in 
Anaheim, California. An Inspector General audit revealed that 
the IRS employees who planned the conference approved excessive 
expenditures and engaged in questionable contracting practices. 
According to TIGTA, the IRS held 225 conferences at a total 
cost of over $50 million between 2010 and 2012. In particular, 
the Anaheim conference cost more than $4 million. It was a 
conference for IRS managers with approximately 2,700 attendees. 
Like the GSA conference planners, the IRS conference planners 
hired expensive speakers, held private receptions, produced 
expensive videos for entertainment, and occupied executive 
level suites at several hotels in Anaheim.
    With regard to the VA conference, the Committee learned in 
August 2012 about two conferences held in July 2011 and August 
2011 in Orlando, Florida. These two conferences, purportedly 
organized to train human resources professionals, cost 
taxpayers approximately $6.1 million. Financial mismanagement 
and ineffective oversight were widespread throughout the 
conference planning process. On October 1, 2012, the VA Office 
of Inspector General released a report focusing on the 
Department's wasteful expenditures associated with the 
conferences. The Committee requested documents from the 
Department in August 2012. After several follow-up document 
requests, the Committee issued a subpoena on July 9, 2013. On 
October 30, 2012, the full Committee held a hearing, which 
examined the Department's response to the waste and misconduct 
that occurred in relation to the planning and execution of the 
conferences. The Committee also released a Majority staff 
report detailing how conference expenditures skyrocketed due to 
failed oversight and financial irresponsibility. The report can 
be found on the Committee's website: http://
oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/VA-Conferences-
Majority-Staff-Report-10-30-2013OGR-Committee.pdf.
    The Committee plans to continue to monitor the Department's 
progress in implementing the Inspector General's 
recommendations for improving policies and procedures within VA 
and making the necessary changes to prevent future waste of 
taxpayer dollars.

Affordable Care Act Implementation

    Building on its work in the 112th Congress, when the 
Committee conducted oversight of the implementation of the 
Affordable Care Act (ACA), potential negative economic effects, 
and its impact on individuals and businesses, the Committee in 
2013 has continued to devote significant resources to the laws 
effect on the insurance industry. In particular, the Committee 
has focused on several specific areas of ACA implementation, 
described below:
    Healthcare.gov--The Committee is investigating the causes 
of problems with the launch of the Healthcare.gov website, a 
critical feature of the President's health care law. The 
Committee sent several letters to the Department of Health and 
Human Services and the Executive Office of the President 
requesting documents and information related to the launch. 
After the Department failed to immediately provide the 
requested information, the Chairman issued a subpoena to 
Secretary Sebelius demanding unredacted documents containing 
information about HealthCare.gov's technical problems and other 
issues related to testing, design, and software.
    The Committee also requested information from top 
contractors involved with creation of the website. One of the 
main contractors, QSSI Inc., also refused to provide the 
requested information and was served with a subpoena issued by 
the Chairman. The Committee has received and is in the process 
of reviewing well in excess of one million documents received 
in response to the Committee's letters and subpoenas.
    The Committee has held three hearings on the 
Administration's failed website launch, and plans to hold three 
additional hearings by the end of December; four of the 
hearings are taking place outside of Washington (North 
Carolina, Georgia, Arizona, and Texas) to highlight the impact 
of the Affordable Care Act on individuals across the country. 
The Chairman issued a subpoena to the White House Office of 
Management and Budget Chief Technology Officer, Todd Park, to 
appear before the Committee. Finally, the Committee is 
currently conducting multiple transcribed interviews of federal 
employees who were involved with building or testing 
HealthCare.gov.
    Navigators/Assisters--The Affordable Care Act requires 
states to establish ``Navigators'' to conduct outreach about 
the law, provide fair and impartial information to consumers, 
and facilitate enrollment in new health insurance exchanges and 
state Medicaid programs. When several states objected to 
financing Navigators with state revenue, the Administration 
created a twin program called In-Person Assisters (Assisters) 
in states with state-based exchanges. This year alone, the 
Administration will provide several hundred million dollars of 
unauthorized taxpayer funds to Assister organizations. There is 
significant risk for fraud and abuse in these programs; top HHS 
officials expressed concerns about the risk of scam artists and 
identity thieves, but did nothing to place eligibility 
requirements on Navigators and Assisters that would prevent 
them.
    In September, the Majority staff released a report with 
preliminary findings showing that the Navigators and Assisters 
pose security risks to consumers. The report can be found on 
the Committee's website: http://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/
uploads/2013/09/Republican-Staff-Report-on-Navigators.pdf. The 
Committee held a hearing on the Navigators and Assisters 
programs in May 2013; the topic has also been highlighted in 
several other Committee hearings throughout the year. 
Additionally, the Committee is currently receiving and 
reviewing information in response to document requests to the 
Department of Health and Human Services and 17 state based 
exchanges.
    Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan--The Consumer Operated 
and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) program used taxpayer money to loan 
$2 billion to companies establishing non-profit health 
insurance issuers. However, the Office of Management and Budget 
estimated the taxpayer losses for the loans at 43.2 percent. 
Moreover, several companies have experienced legal or financial 
troubles. For instance, the Vermont Health CO-OP, which 
received a $34 million taxpayer-backed loan, was in May 2013 
denied an insurance license by the state of Vermont. In letters 
to the Administration, the Committee expressed concern that the 
process used to select loan recipients was flawed and lacked 
transparency. The Committee also uncovered several emails and 
visits between company officials and White House employees.
    The Committee initially requested information on the CO-OP 
program in October 2012 and again in March 2013. After these 
requests were ignored by the Department of Health and Human 
Services, the Chairman issued a subpoena for documents related 
to the risky Obamacare health CO-OP loan program in June 2013. 
The subpoena requires HHS to produce all documents related to 
the reviews which assessed each CO-OP applicant's financial 
viability, as well as communication between HHS employees, 
contractors and Executive Office employees discussing the 
applicants' financial viability or ability to repay the CO-OP 
loan. The Committee continues to receive and review documents 
from HHS in response to the Chairman's subpoena. In addition, 
the Committee is currently conducting transcribed interviews 
with key officials from the various CO-Ops.

Benghazi

    In the wake of the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on 
U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya which claimed the 
lives of four Americans, the Committee launched an 
investigation into the Administration's actions before, during 
and after the attack. To date, the Committee has sent more than 
45 letters, conducted approximately 20 witness interviews 
totaling 80+ hours and 3000+ pages of transcripts, reviewed 
more than 25,000 pages of documents, and issued nine subpoenas 
for documents and testimony. Several subpoenas for testimony 
were withdrawn after witnesses agreed to appear voluntarily.
    In addition, the Committee has held three hearings. The 
first hearing occurred on October 10, 2012 and included 
testimony from State Department and DOD personnel responsible 
for security in Libya prior to the attack. The second hearing 
took place on May 8, 2013 and the Committee received testimony 
from State Department personnel involved in the events before, 
during and after the attack. The hearing featured the first 
public testimony from an individual who was on the ground in 
Libya on the night of the attack. On September 19, 2013, the 
Committee held a third hearing to examine the work of the 
Accountability Review Board (ARB) and the findings of the 
Independent Panel on Best Practices, convened by the State 
Department at the ARB's recommendation to review the diplomatic 
security function of the Department. In advance of the 
September 19, 2013 hearing, the Majority released a 99-page 
interim staff report on ARB's process and conclusions, 
especially regarding accountability of State Department 
personnel. Additionally, the Minority released an 80-page staff 
report on the attacks, response, and the subsequent 
investigations.

Sequester Oversight

    The Committee thoroughly analyzed the federal government's 
response to budget changes in 2013. On April 16, 2013, the Full 
Committee held a hearing featuring three agencies--the National 
Archives, the Smithsonian, and the National Park Service--to 
evaluate how each had coped with funding reductions under 
sequestration. The Smithsonian and the National Archives both 
handled sequestration with little to no pain as a result of 
judicious planning.
    The Committee revisited this issue in October, when it held 
a joint hearing with the Natural Resources Committee to examine 
the Park Service's response to the government shutdown. At this 
hearing, Chairman Issa issued a subpoena to the Park Service 
for documents not produced in response to the Committee's 
sequestration investigation and which were the subject of a 
March 3, 2013, letter, which was followed by two letters in 
October seeking information about sequestration.
    Since the subpoena has been issued, the Committee has been 
in discussions with the Park Service about the production of 
responsive documents. So far, the Park Service has produced the 
sequestration plans implemented by each park, but the Committee 
still seeks drafts of these reports and the correspondence 
relating to chosen cuts. The Committee plans to continue its 
investigation into the Park Service's handling of sequestration 
and monitor its responses to future budget adjustments.

IRS Contracting Abuse

    In February 2013, the Committee learned of allegations 
concerning a series of contracts, potentially worth more than 
$500 million, awarded by the Internal Revenue Service over a 
six-month period to Strong Castle, Inc., an information 
technology contractor. Witnesses who contacted the Committee 
alleged that Strong Castle engaged in fraud to win the IRS 
contracts. Strong Castle obtained contracts with the IRS 
largely based on the company's access to contracting set-asides 
for small businesses owned by service-disabled veterans 
(SDVOSB) and connections to economically disadvantaged 
neighborhoods (HUBZone).
    The Committee's investigation involved reviewing more than 
25,000 pages of documents produced by the IRS, Strong Castle, 
the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and the 
Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA). Committee staff conducted 
16 transcribed interviews of IRS procurement officials, Strong 
Castle employees, and other relevant witnesses. Chairman Issa 
sent nine letters about the investigation to SBA, VA, IRS, and 
Strong Castle. SBA, VA, and IRS provided multiple briefings.
    A Majority staff report released on June 25, 2013, detailed 
the findings and recommendations of the investigation in 
anticipation of a full Committee hearing held June 26, 2013. 
The report is available on the Committee's website: http://
oversight.house.gov/report/staff-report-questionable-
acquisitions-problematic-it-contracting-at-the-irs/. A video 
clip of Congresswoman Duckworth questioning Strong Castle's CEO 
about his service disability has been viewed over two million 
times on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPOKm20wP4s.
    As a result of the Committee's investigation, the SBA 
decertified Strong Castle as a HUBZone firm, observing that the 
company provided inaccurate, unreliable, and misleading 
information. In addition, the IRS pledged to suspend orders for 
IT products and services from Strong Castle and on December 5, 
2013, executed a bilateral contract action to discontinue the 
contract arrangement with Strong Castle under a blanket 
purchase agreement in support of the IBM Software Relationship 
Offering (SRO), worth an estimated total dollar value of $300 
million over five years. Moreover, on the legislative front, 
Chairman Issa and Congresswoman Duckworth have introduced the 
SERV Act (H.R. 3469), which would ensure that only individuals 
who have actually served in the military can qualify to receive 
government contracting preferences and other related benefits.
    The Committee's findings regarding Strong Castle should 
serve as a deterrent for other current and prospective 
government contractors who may be considering ways to abuse 
set-aside programs established to benefit disadvantaged 
populations and underutilized communities. While the Committee 
was able to stop the abuses of one contractor, the Committee 
learned that these problems are widespread and require 
government-wide solutions. The Committee continues to monitor 
Strong Castle and other similarly-situated contractors to 
prevent similar abuses in the future.

New York State Medicaid Abuse

    The Committee is investigating waste, fraud, abuse, and 
mismanagement in New York State's Medicaid program. A March 
Committee Report from the House Oversight and Government Reform 
Committee described the findings discovered and uncovered by 
the Committee. In response to the Committee's oversight and 
discovery of a significant problem with overpayments received 
by State-operated institutions in New York, the Department of 
Health and Human Services sharply reduced some Medicaid 
overpayments to the State of New York in April, saving 
taxpayers an estimated $1.2 billion over 18 months. New York 
State's Medicaid program is the largest in the country.
    According to the Committee report, in fiscal year 2010, New 
York's $2,700 per resident Medicaid spending exceeded per 
capita Medicaid spending in the rest of the country by more 
than $1,500. When problems with the State's program have been 
identified, the cost associated has often been large as well. 
The bipartisan Committee report found that poor program 
oversight by both the State and federal Government has 
contributed to these problems.
    A September 2012 staff report estimated that over the past 
two decades the federal government had made roughly $15 billion 
in overpayments to the State of New York since 1990 for the 
developmental centers alone. By 2011, Medicaid's daily 
reimbursement rate exceeded $5,100 for each patient residing in 
a developmental center.
    This Committee continues to investigate allegations that 
New York State's Office of Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG), 
the state agency responsible for oversight of state Medicaid 
spending, has been pressured by Governor Andrew Cuomo, and that 
the agency offered preferential treatment to companies with 
ties to prominent politicians including former Pennsylvania 
Governor Ed Rendell.

 VI. Delineation of Hearings Held Pursuant to Clauses 2 (n), (o), and 
                         (p) of House Rule 11.


Hearings Held Pursuant to Clause 2(n)

    Jan. 22, 2013, 1:00 p.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``Wasting Information Technology Dollars: How Can the Federal 
Government Reform its IT Investment Strategy?''
    Feb. 5, 2013, 1:00 p.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``Government Spending: How Can We Best Address the Billions of 
Dollars Wasted Every Year?''.
    Feb. 27, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``Time to Reform Information Technology Acquisition: The 
Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act.''
    Feb. 27, 2013, 2:00 p.m.--Subcommittee on Government 
Operations hearing entitled, ``Failures in Managing Federal 
Real Property: Billions in Losses.''
    March 5, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``Reducing Waste and Mismanagement: Implementing Agency 
Watchdogs' Recommendations Could Save Taxpayers Billions''
    Mar. 19, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``DOD and DHS: Implementing Agency Watchdogs' Recommendations 
Could Save Taxpayers Billions.''
    Apr. 17, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``Options to Bring the Postal Service Back from Insolvency.''
    Apr. 17, 2013, 2:00 p.m.--Subcommittee on National Security 
hearing entitled, ``Contracting to Feed U.S. Troops in 
Afghanistan: How did the Defense Department end up in a Multi-
Billion Dollar Billing Dispute?''
    Apr. 25, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Subcommittee on Government 
Operations hearing entitled, ``Government Operations Oversight: 
Addressing Unused and Vacant Federal Property.''
    Apr. 25, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Subcommittee on National 
Security and Subcommittee on Economic Growth joint hearing 
entitled, ``Oversight of the Federal Government's Procurement 
of Ammunition.''
    June 5, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, 
U.S. Postal Service and the Census hearing entitled, ``OPM's 
Revolving Fund: A Cycle of Government Waste?''
    June 12, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``Protecting Taxpayer Dollars: Is the Government Using 
Suspension and Debarment Effectively?''
    June 26, 2013, 9:00 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``The IRS Contracts with Strong Castle, Inc.''
    July 10, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``Unaccountable Government: GAO Reports Show Feds Struggling to 
Track Money and Performance.''
    July 25, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Subcommittee on Government 
Operations hearing entitled, ``Data Centers and the Cloud, Part 
II: The Federal Government's Take on Optimizing New Information 
Technologies Opportunities to Save Taxpayers Money.''
    Sept. 11, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Subcommittee on Federal 
Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census hearing entitled, 
``Ensuring an Accurate and Affordable 2020 Census.''
    Nov. 20, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Subcommittee on National 
Security hearing entitled, ``Abuse of Overtime at DHS: Padding 
Paychecks and Pensions at Taxpayer Expense.''
    Dec. 3, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Subcommittee on Government 
Operations field hearing entitled, ``Federal Trade Commission 
and General Services Administration Thwart Cost Saving 
Consolidation.''

Hearing Held Pursuant to Clause 2(o)

    July 10, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``Unaccountable Government: GAO Reports Show Feds Struggling to 
Track Money and Performance.''

Hearings Held Pursuant to Clause 2(p)

    Feb. 14, 2013, 10:30 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``Exploring GAO's High Risk List and Opportunities for 
Reform.''
    Feb. 27, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``Time to Reform Information Technology Acquisition: The 
Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act.''
    Feb. 27, 2013, 2:00 p.m.--Subcommittee on Government 
Operations hearing entitled, ``Failures in Managing Federal 
Real Property: Billions in Losses.''
    Apr. 9, 2013, 2:00 p.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``Reducing Waste in Government: Addressing GAO's 2013 Report on 
Duplicative Federal Programs.''
    Apr. 10, 2013, 1:30 p.m.--Subcommittee on Federal 
Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census hearing entitled, 
``Ahead of Postal Reform: Hearing from USPS Business 
Partners.''
    Apr. 17, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``Options to Bring the Postal Service Back from Insolvency.''
    Apr. 17, 2013, 2:00 p.m.--Subcommittee on National Security 
hearing entitled, ``Contracting to Feed U.S. Troops in 
Afghanistan: How did the Defense Department end up in a Multi-
Billion Dollar Billing Dispute?''
    Apr. 24, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Full Committee hearing entitled, 
``Broken Promises: the Small Business Lending Fund's Backdoor 
Bank Bailout.''
    May 9, 2013, 9:00 a.m.--Subcommittee on Government 
Operations hearing entitled, ``Federal Government Approaches to 
Issuing Biometric IDs.''
    May 16, 2013, 10:30 a.m.--Subcommittee on Energy Policy, 
Health Care and Entitlements hearing entitled, ``Opportunities 
Lost: Constraints on Oil and Gas Production on Federal Lands 
and Waters.''
    June 27, 2013, 9:30 a.m.--Subcommittee on Energy Policy, 
Health Care and Entitlements hearing entitled, ``Oversight of 
Rising Social Security Disability Claims and the Role of 
Administrative Law Judges.''
    August 2, 2013, 9:00 a.m.--Subcommittee on Government 
Operations hearing entitled, ``Examining the Skyrocketing 
Problem of Identity Theft Related Tax Fraud at the IRS.''
    Dec. 3, 2013, 10:00 a.m.--Subcommittee on Government 
Operations field hearing entitled, ``Federal Trade Commission 
and General Services Administration Thwart Cost Saving 
Consolidation.''