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Jun 26, 2018

Access to Public Lands: The Effects of Forest Service Road Closures

PURPOSE: To examine how Forest Service policies affect access to public lands, as well as the impacts of road closures on nearby ...

Jun 20, 2018

Holding Cuban Leaders Accountable

PURPOSE: To discuss the Administration's Cuba policy, review the 1996 shoot down of the Hermanos al Rescate (Brothers to the Rescue) humanitarian aircraft, and examine human rights violations. BACKGROUND: On February 24, 1996, the humanitarian organization Hermanos al Rescate (Brothers to the Rescue) launched a search and rescue mission for refugees fleeing the oppressive Castro regime in Cuba. Two Cuban MiGs ...

Jun 19, 2018

Oversight of the FBI and DOJ Actions in Advance of the 2016 Election

PURPOSE: To examine the findings and recommendations contained in the DOJ OIG's report on the events leading up to the 2016 election.

Jun 6, 2018

Protecting America from a Bad Deal: Ending U.S. Participation in the Nuclear Agreement with Iran

PURPOSE: To examine the reasons for U.S. withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (widely known as the Iran Deal). To consider policy options for countering Iran's threat to the U.S. and its interests. BACKGROUND: On May 8, 2018, the Administration ended the United States' participation in the Iran Deal. The Administration cited the deal's sunset provisions, weaknesses in the inspection ...

May 24, 2018

Union Time on the People’s Dime: A Closer Look at Official Time

PURPOSE: To identify official time usage at agencies across the federal government and review problems associated with official time data reporting. To consider official time reforms. BACKGROUND: Under the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, federal labor union employees are authorized to ...

May 23, 2018

The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) Scorecard 6.0

PURPOSE: To continue oversight of the federal agencies' implementation of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA). BACKGROUND: In December 2014, Congress enacted FITARA to promote federal IT modernization and strengthen the federal IT workforce. The Committee worked alongside the Government Accountability Office to develop a scorecard to assess agencies' ...

May 22, 2018

Challenges to the Freedom of Speech on College Campuses: Part II

PURPOSE: To further explore the current state of free speech protections on college campuses and examine first-hand accounts from the perspectives of those at the forefront of the debate. To understand the policies and viewpoints that have enabled suppression of constitutionally protected free speech at institutions of higher education. BACKGROUND: On July 27, 2017, the Subcommittee on Healthcare, ...

May 22, 2018

Ten Years of TARP: Examining the Hardest Hit Fund

PURPOSE: To mark the 10th anniversary of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and to evaluate the Hardest Hit Fund's (HHF) foreclosure mitigation performance. BACKGROUND: In response to the U.S. financial recession, Congress created the Department of Treasury's TARP in 2008 with the intent ...

May 18, 2018

Progress on the 2020 Census – Continued

PURPOSE: To examine the Census Bureau’s progress during the 2018 end-to-end test and examine ongoing preparations for the 2020 decennial census. BACKGROUND: In order to control costs, the Census Bureau is concentrating on four main innovation areas: (1) reengineering address canvassing; (2) optimizing ...

May 17, 2018

A Sustainable Solution to the Evolving Opioid Crisis: Revitalizing the Office of National Drug Control Policy

PURPOSE: To discuss policy proposals for reauthorizing the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) as they play a critical role in coordinating the federal response to our nation's opioid epidemic. To discuss how evidence-based policymaking and information sharing can be used to identify and prevent emerging drug trends. BACKGROUND: Over the last 20 years, the ...