Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 342
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While Congress is the ultimate oversight body of the Executive Branch, that role cannot fall solely to Congress, especially given the dollars spent and scope of programs involved. Without independent voices of oversight throughout the government, we have no hope for the level of accountability or transparency often required to maintain the public trust. This issue is about identifying and rooting out government waste and inefficiency, but it’s also about ensuring that the privacy and civil liberties of law-abiding Americans are taken into consideration during internal agency debates over budgets and policies.
This hearing sought to examine the various positions within the federal government tasked with oversight duties, including inspectors general, privacy officers and the Office of Special Counsel. It hit upon some of the obstacles currently preventing the performance of thorough and effective oversight – whether it be the number of vacant oversight positions across the government, a lack of resources devoted to oversight or the lack of authority or access provided to positions of oversight – and sought to identify potential solutions to such obstacles.
The Honorable Peggy E. GustafsonDownload Testimony (82.5 KB)Inspector GeneralU.S. Small Business Administration
The Honorable Michael HorowitzDownload Testimony (122.6 KB)Inspector GeneralU.S. Department of Justice
The Honorable Carolyn LernerDownload Testimony (46 KB)Special CounselU.S. Office of Special Counsel
Karen NeumanDownload Testimony (53.1 KB)Chief Privacy and Freedom of Information Act OfficerU.S. Department of Homeland Security
Wendy Ginsberg, Ph.D.Download Testimony (444.5 KB)Congressional Research ServiceLibrary of Congress