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Dec 13, 2018

Oversight of Nonprofit Organizations: A Case Study on the Clinton Foundation

PURPOSE: To discuss the management of 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and how the designation impacts the programs and activities a nonprofit is allowed to conduct. BACKGROUND: 501(c)(3) organizations are not permitted to be organized or operated for the benefit of any private individual and are only ...

Dec 13, 2018

Exploring Alternatives to Fetal Tissue Research

PURPOSE: To evaluate the ethical considerations of fetal tissue research and explore alternative research methods. To discuss the recent steps taken by the Administration to expand efforts in developing and implementing the use of alternatives. BACKGROUND: Since the 1920s, scientists have used cells from fetal tissue in their research. This year, the National Institutes of Health is estimated to provide ...

Dec 12, 2018

Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) Scorecard 7.0.

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' ...

Dec 11, 2018

ROUNDTABLE: U.S. Olympics: Promoting Success While Protecting Athletes

PURPOSE: To provide an opportunity for Members to lead an open and constructive dialogue with leaders in the Olympic and gymnastic community about ways to move forward while protecting our nation's athletes. BACKGROUND: In February 2018, the Committee opened an

Dec 11, 2018

Examining ‘Backdoor’ Spending by Federal Agencies

PURPOSE: To examine the extent to which federal agencies use backdoor spending to avoid the annual appropriations process. To explore how backdoor spending undermines Congress' authority and what Congress can do to reassert its authority over the power of the purse. BACKGROUND: Backdoor spending is federal agency spending not ...