WASHINGTON, D.C. | February 16, 2017
Leaders of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce today expressed their commitment to hold the administration accountable to the American people through robust congressional oversight efforts in the 115th Congress. In separate letters to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and subcommittee chairmen wrote:
[We] are eager to establish an effective and collaborative working relationship with you and your staff during the 115th Congress. A significant part of that relationship will entail the Committee’s continuing oversight efforts to ensure good governance and the protection of taxpayer dollars. Working together, we can identify and abate fraud, waste, and abuse, as well as better ensure federal policies are efficient, effective, and accountable to the American people.
Committee leaders also identified a number of tools that will help inform oversight and legislative action throughout the 115th Congress — including hearings, letters, document requests, and briefings, among others — and reiterated the importance of continued and robust oversight to “review and investigate any issues within [the committee’s] jurisdiction”:
[The] Committee views oversight as a tool to analyze the efficacy of federal laws, regulations, and programs and to increase transparency regarding the administration’s decision-making. These practices will produce more beneficial policies and ensure tax dollars are well-spent … We look forward to working together in creating an efficient, accountable government that appropriately serves the American people.
Similar letters will also be sent to the secretaries of labor and agriculture once confirmed.
To read the full Department of Education letter, click here.
To read the full Department of Health and Human Services letter, click here.
For more information on the committee’s oversight efforts, click here.
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