United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

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The United States House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs is a standing committee of the U.S. Senate. While elements of the Committee can be traced back into the 19th century, its modern origins began with the creation of the Committee on Expenditures in the Executive Departments on April 18, 1921. Its inaugural committee was chaired by Medill McCormick.[1]


113th Congress

Thomas R. Carper (D) was appointed committee chair in the 113th Congress.[2]

112th Congress

The committee chair in the 112th Congress is Joe Lieberman (D).


Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Members, 2013-2014
Democratic members (9)Republican members (7)
Thomas R. Carper (Delaware) ChairTom Coburn (Oklahoma) Ranking member
Carl Levin (Michigan) John McCain (Arizona)
Mark Pryor (Arkansas) Ron Johnson (Wisconsin)
Mary L. Landrieu (Louisiana) Rob Portman (Ohio)
Claire McCaskill (Missouri) Rand Paul (Kentucky)
Jon Tester (Montana) Michael B. Enzi (Wyoming)
Mark Begich (Alaska) Kelly Ayotte (New Hampshire)
Tammy Baldwin (Wisconsin)
Heidi Heitkamp (North Dakota)

2011-2012 (112th Congress)


The subdivison of the Jurisdictions overseen by the Committee on Homeland Security and Gvernmental Affairs underwent a redistribution process for the 113th Congress. The subcommitees listed immediately below are according to the current organization. To see the information from the 112th Congress simply click "show" on the following collapsed section.

Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
About: The Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations is the Committee’s chief investigative subcommittee and has the responsibility of studying and investigating the efficiency and economy of operations relating to all branches of the government. The Subcommittee is also tasked with studying and investigating the compliance or noncompliance with rules, regulations and laws, investigating all aspects of crime and lawlessness within the United States which have an impact upon or affect the national health, welfare and safety, including syndicated crime, investment fraud schemes, commodity and security fraud, computer fraud, and the use of offshore banking and corporate facilities to carry out criminal objectives.[3]

Financial and Contracting Oversight
The Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight will focus on ensuring that the federal government spends taxpayer money as wisely and effectively as possible. This subcommittee is charged with overseeing the federal government’s efforts to improve its management of significant acquisitions and ensure that acquisitions are conducted in a cost effective manner and deliver the promised results in order to protect taxpayer resources. The jurisdiction of this subcommittee also encompasses programs to improve financial transparency, expenditure tracking and efforts to prevent and recoup improper payments across the federal government.[3]

The Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce
About: The Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce oversees the management, efficiency, effectiveness and economy of all agencies and departments in the federal government, including the federal workforce and federal programs. The subcommittee has a broad authority for conducting oversight across the federal government and for seeking to improve the efficiency of federal programs. In addition, the Subcommittee is responsible for exploring policies that promote a skilled, efficient and effective federal workforce which will, in turn, work to ensure efficient and effective management of federal programs.[3]

Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations and the District of Columbia
About: The Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Affairs, and the District of Columbia will focus on emergency management, disaster relief and issues relating to the oversight of the District of Columbia. This Subcommittee is responsible for oversight of FEMA and all of its emergency management responsibilities, including preparation for, response to, recovery from and mitigation against natural and man-made disasters. The Subcommittee also reviews the administration of post-disaster relief funds and oversight of financial assistance programs, like homeland security grants. In addition to these responsibilities, the subcommittee oversees the interrelationship between the Department of Homeland Security and states, localities and first responders in preventing and responding to natural disasters, terrorism, and other man-made disasters. The Subcommittee is also responsible for all matters regarding the oversight of the District of Columbia, including the District court system.[3]


According to the official Senate website, the jurisdiction of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee includes the following:

  1. government operations generally and the Department of Homeland Security in particular.
  2. study the efficiency, economy, and effectiveness of all agencies and departments of the federal government.
  3. evaluate the effects of laws enacted to reorganize the legislative and executive branches of government.
  4. study the intergovernmental relationships between the U.S. and states and municipalities, and between the U.S. and international organizations of which the U.S. is a member.
  5. homeland security issues.
  6. oversees and receives legislation, messages, petitions, and memorials on all matters relating to the Department of Homeland Security, except for appropriations, the Coast Guard, the Transportation Security Administration, immigration, customs revenue, commercial operations, and trade.
  7. supervising the Archives of the United States.
  8. budgeting and accounting measures generally.
  9. government contracting.
  10. the Census and collection of statistics.
  11. Congressional organization.
  12. the federal Civil Service.
  13. government information.
  14. intergovernmental relations.
  15. the municipal affairs of the District of Columbia.
  16. the organization and management of U.S. nuclear export policy.
  17. the organization and reorganization of the executive branch.
  18. the Postal Service.
  19. the status of officers and employees of the U.S. including their classification, compensation, and benefits.
  20. receives and examines reports of the Comptroller General of the United States and submits recommendations to the Senate as it sees fit related to the subject matter of the reports.


340 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Phone: (202) 224-2627

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