The Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations is the Committee’s chief investigative subcommittee and has the responsibility of studying and investigating the efficiency and economy of operations relating to all branches of the government. The Subcommittee is also tasked with studying and investigating the compliance or noncompliance with rules, regulations and laws, investigating all aspects of crime and lawlessness within the United States which have an impact upon or affect the national health, welfare and safety, including 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.
The Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight is responsible for examining emerging national security threats and federal preparedness to respond to those threats, including terrorism, disruptive technologies, climate change, and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive attacks. The Subcommittee is also responsible for improving threat prevention coordination between the federal government and state, local, Tribal and territorial governments. The Subcommittee also plays an important role in preventing waste, fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars.