Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on “Examining Systemic Management and Fiscal Challenges within the Department of Justice.”
This hearing is the first in a series to examine the Justice Department and its components in order to identify matters that are in need of critical reform. The Justice Department has not undergone a reauthorization since 2005. As a result, nearly all of the agencies’ authorizations for appropriations expired in 2009. Dozens of programs receiving funding in fiscal year 2016 are currently unauthorized.
Witnesses for the hearing are:
- The Honorable Michael Horowitz, Inspector General, Department of Justice
- Ms. Diana Maurer, Director, Homeland Security and Justice, U.S. Government Accountability Office
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the statement below in advance of this hearing.
Chairman Goodlatte: “Reauthorization of the federal government’s departments, agencies, and programs is a critical oversight tool to ensure taxpayer dollars are used wisely and efficiently. It’s been over a decade since the Justice Department was last reauthorized by Congress and it’s important that we closely examine the Department to identify how it can be more cost-effective and work better for all Americans. I look forward to hearing ideas for reform from our witnesses next week and looking at this issue more closely over the next several months.”
This hearing will take place in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building and will be webcast live at judiciary.house.gov. Camera crews wishing to cover must be congressionally credentialed and RSVP with the House Radio-TV Gallery at (202) 225-5214.