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Hearings

Jun 10, 2015

The Impact of Executive Order 13658 on Public Land Guides and Outfitters

PURPOSE: To discuss issues facing rural outfitters in light of Executive Order 13658 and to examine solutions to this unique problem. BACKGROUND: In February 2014, the President issued Executive Order 13658, which established a new $10.10 per hour minimum wage for contractors with the Federal Government. EO 13658 also applies to “contract-like instruments” defined in Department of Labor guidance to include ...

Jun 8, 2015

Field Briefing, “Oversight of Major Transportation and Infrastructure Projects in New York City”

BRIEFING PURPOSE: To examine major infrastructure projects currently underway in New York City and assess the cost and status of each project. To determine whether federal infrastructure investments are being used efficiently.   BRIEFING BACKGROUND: The Committee is tracking large-scale transportation projects to ensure they remain on budget and on schedule. As part of the field briefing, members of ...

Jun 3, 2015

Ensuring Agency Compliance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

HEARING PURPOSE: This hearing will examine the processes agencies use to meet FOIA’s legal requirements and explore barriers to effective and efficient compliance from the FOIA officer’s perspective. The Committee will hear from the witnesses tasked with implementing FOIA at several agencies that need to improve response efforts. HEARING BACKGROUND:

Jun 2, 2015

Ensuring Transparency through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

HEARING PURPOSE: To examine the use of FOIA requests as a tool for government transparency and explore barriers to accessing public documents from the user’s perspective. The Committee will hear from witnesses that use FOIA in news reporting, academic research, and to conduct government oversight. HEARING BACKGROUND: Enacted in 1966, FOIA is a transparency tool for individuals to ensure government accountability. Under FOIA, requesters may ask federal ...