Oversight and Investigations

The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is tasked with studying and examining compliance with rules, regulations, and laws within the United States. This broad mandate provides essential oversight to nearly every function of the government, including oversight of federal agencies and programs.

As part of this oversight responsibility, the Committee also conducts investigations. The Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI) was established to act as the primary investigative body under the jurisdiction of the full Committee. PSI has broad leeway to investigate policy concerns that may have an impact on national health, welfare and safety in the United States. This includes syndicated crime, investment fraud schemes, commodity and security fraud, computer fraud, and the use of offshore banking and corporate facilities to carry out criminal objectives or to avoid paying applicable taxes under the current U.S. tax code.

Waste, Fraud, and Abuse

Since the Committee’s creation, it has worked hard to reduce waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in federal operations and unnecessary duplicity in government programs.  It also holds agencies accountable for every dollar spent and looks throughout the federal government to find ways to make those agencies better stewards of taxpayer dollars. The Committee regularly works with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to identify government agencies and programs that are at risk of waste, fraud, and abuse.  The Committee also relies on the work of federal agency Inspectors General (IG) in its oversight and has continually sought to strengthen these roles and fill IG vacancies in a timely manner.