United States House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

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The United States House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is a standing committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.


113th congress

Darrell Issa (R) retained his role as committee chair in the 113th Congress.[1]

112th congress

The committee chair in the 112th Congress was Darrell Issa (R).[2]


2013-2014 (113th Congress)

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Members, 2013-2014
Democratic members (12)Republican members (23)
Elijah Cummings (Maryland) RankingDarrell Issa (California) Chair
Carolyn Maloney (New York) John L. Mica (Florida)
Eleanor Holmes Norton (Washington, D.C.) Michael Turner (Ohio)
John Tierney (Massachusetts) John Duncan (Tennessee)
William Lacy Clay (Missouri) Patrick T. McHenry (North Carolina)
Stephen Lynch (Massachusetts) Jim Jordan (Ohio)
Jim Cooper (Tennessee) Jason Chaffetz (Utah)
Gerald Connolly (Virginia) Tim Walberg (Michigan)
Jackie Speier (California) James Lankford (Oklahoma)
Matt Cartwright (Pennsylvania) Justin Amash (Michigan)
Mark Pocan (Wisconsin) Paul Gosar (Arizona)
Tammy Duckworth (Illinois) Pat Meehan (Pennsylvania)
Scott DesJarlais (Tennessee)
Trey Gowdy (South Carolina)
Blake Farenthold (Texas)
Doc Hastings (Washington)
Cynthia Lummis (Wyoming)
Rob Woodall (Georgia)
Thomas Massie (Kentucky)
Doug Collins (Georgia)
Mark Meadows (North Carolina)
Kerry Bentivolio (Michigan)
Ron DeSantis (Florida)

2011-2012 (112th Congress)

Notable hearings

In May 2013, the committee held a hearing regarding the events leading up to the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya in September 2012. A large focus on the investigation is what knowledge various high ranking officials in President Obama's cabinet had. [3]


Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Labor Policy

Jurisdiction: Legislative jurisdiction over the federal civil service and the U.S. Postal Service. The Subcommittee also has oversight jurisdiction over labor policy.[4]

Government Organization

Jurisdiction: Legislative jurisdiction over the government management and accounting measures, the economy, efficiency, and management of government operations and activities (other than procurement and data standards), federal property, and reorganizations of the executive branch.[4]

National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations

Jurisdiction: Oversight jurisdiction over national security, homeland security, foreign operations, immigration, and emergency management.[4]

Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs

Jurisdiction: Legislative jurisdiction over federal paperwork reduction, data quality, and the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. The Subcommittee also has oversight jurisdiction over regulatory affairs, stimulus policy, federal spending, education, agriculture, and communications policy.[4]

The following subcommittees were discontinued in the 113th Congress.

TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs

Jurisdiction: Oversight jurisdiction over financial and monetary policy, banking, housing, and insurance regulation, financial crisis and rescues, and tax policy.[4]

Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform

Jurisdiction: Legislative jurisdiction over public information, including Freedom of Information and Advisory Committees, federal information technology and data standards, procurement and grant reform, the relationship between the federal government and states and municipalities, including unfunded mandates. The subcommittee also has oversight jurisdiction over public broadcasting.[4]

Health Care, District of Columbia, Census and the National Archives

Jurisdiction: Legislative jurisdiction over Drug Policy, the District of Columbia, the Census Bureau, and federal records (including the National Archives and Records Administration and the Presidential Records Act). The subcommittee also has oversight jurisdiction over federal health care policy, food and drug safety, public support for the arts, libraries and museums, criminal justice, and transportation.[4]


According to the official House website, the jurisdiction of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee includes the following:

  1. the District of Columbia, the government procurement process, federal personnel systems, the Postal Service, etc.
  2. oversight of virtually everything government does – from national security to homeland security grants, from federal workforce policies to regulatory reform and reorganization authority, from information technology procurements at individual agencies to government-wide data security standards.


2157 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-5074
Fax: (202) 225-3974

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