More on Oversight and Government Reform
NEW YORK, NY - Today, Congressmembers Christopher Shays (CT) and Carolyn Maloney (NY), Co-Founders of the 9/11 Commission Caucus, joined with family members of those lost in the attacks on the World Trade Center – September 11, 2001 – to urge Congress to stop stalling and act now and pass the “9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act.”
House Reaches Agreement on Intelligence Reform, Then Scuttles Deal; 9/11 Commission Caucus Chairs Call Situation, “Not Just Disappointing, but Dangerous”
WASHINGTON, DC - Congress recessed today without enacting the intelligence reform born out of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations. Reps. Christopher Shays (R-CT) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), who chair the 9/11 Commission Caucus, introduced bipartisan legislation in the House to enact the commission's recommendations and have strongly advocated quick enactment of bipartisan reform, today said the decision to again postpone intelligence reform is a dangerous one. The partners released the following joint statement:
Investigation Into Halliburton Contracts: Government Reform Committee Member Wants Thorough and Proper Probe by Pentagon IG
WASHINGTON, DC - A Member of the House Government Reform Committee wants to ensure a thorough and proper investigation into Army contracts with Halliburton by the Department of Defense Inspector General. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) has sent an official request to Pentagon IG Joseph Schmitz, writing that such a probe is important for the American taxpayer (PDF).
WASHINGTON, DC - Today’s Congress Daily PM reports that House Republicans see no need to finalize intelligence reform legislation quickly because of the results of a public opinion poll. Republican aides are also quoted expressing confidence in their position because intelligence reform is not an issue that ranks high with the public, according to their polls.
WASHINGTON, DC - To address the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that congressional oversight ought to be consolidated and strengthened, Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Christopher Shays (R-CT) have proposed changes to the House Rules to reorganize Congress (PDF). The Rules changes would include three main actions:
WASHINGTON, DC - The Chairs of the 9/11 Commission Caucus will introduce in the House the Collins-Lieberman National Intelligence Reform Act, as reported out of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.
WASHINGTON, DC - Americans living overseas may be shut out of voting in the coming elections. The Pentagon is blocking access to the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) website for internet service providers in 25 countries, claiming that it needs to protect this website from hackers. Americans in countries including Great Britain, France, Spain, and Japan are unable to access this site, violating the program’s mission to help Americans overseas vote.
WASHINGTON, DC - The Department of Commerce, responding to a request from the Department of Homeland Security, entered into an agreement to provide the Mexican government access to U.S. Census Bureau data on the value of exports. Leading Democrats on the House Government Reform Committee are urging Commerce Secretary Don Evans, who authorized the data sharing, to halt the practice (PDF).
CENSUS’S NEW PROCEDURE FOR DISTRIBUTING INFORMATION ON ARAB-AMERICANS IS NOT A CHANGE, SAYS REP. MALONEY
WASHINGTON, DC - Despite reports today suggesting that the Census Bureau has ended its policy of supplying law enforcement with information on Arab-Americans, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), former Ranking Member of the House Census Subcommittee, says that while a level of bureaucracy was added, not much has changed. During the Bush Administration, Census Bureau employees have freely supplied the Department of Homeland Security with information on where Arab-Americans live. Under the new policy announced today, an Associate Director of the Bureau must now approve such an action.
U.S. Rep. Maloney: Census Action to Provide Homeland Security Dept. With Statistical Breakdown of Arab American Populations in United States “Damaging”
WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY), former ranking member of the House Census Subcommittee, released the following statement today in response to a press report that the Census Bureau assisted the Department of Homeland Security in preparing tabulations of the location by zip code of concentrations of Arab Americans: