A major aspect of ensuring government effectiveness includes investigation into how it is run, and where fraud, abuse, or waste can be identified and redressed. Congressional oversight is key to this process, given Congress’ constitutional roles and responsibilities. In keeping with this, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is constantly working to hold government accountable to taxpayers. Recent major issues taken up by the committee include examining the U.S. Secret Service, reviewing national security issues such as the effectiveness of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration, as well as participating in the ongoing debate over the Keystone Pipeline.
On January 7, the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at Brookings hosted an event focused on government oversight. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, was interviewed by Brookings Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon, and author of “The Future of Land Warfare” (Brookings Institution Press, 2015).