DOD and DHS: Implementing Agency Watchdogs' Recommendations Could Save Taxpayers Billions, Hearing Before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, March 19, 2013   [open pdf - 5MB]

This is the March 19, 2013 hearing, "DOD and DHS: Implementing Agency Watchdogs' Recommendations Could Save Taxpayers Billions" before U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Oversight and Reform. From the opening statement of Darrell E. Issa: "Today we will hear from witnesses from two of the largest Government agencies: the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security. With the attention of policymakers on how to best manage sequestration, this is a time to lead the discussion by finding and eliminating waste as part of that savings. For weeks, the Administration has made a concerted public relations effort to speak about the dire consequences of sequestration, and there will be some areas that will be, quite frankly, missed. But, candidly, the claims of a dire consequence have been disproven. We are not here to argue over sequestration directly. As a matter of fact, we are most interested in the $67 billion that have been identified by the IGS that, if implemented, could save most of the cost of sequestration. We certainly understand that some of that $67 billion is one-time. But, this year, this cut is essential and we can do some of it through means less painful to the American people then across-the-board cuts. Recognizing that we are dealing with two of the larger pockets of money and, in the case of Homeland Security and our Department of Defense, we are dealing with the very security of the American people." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Robert F. Hale, Lynne M. Halbrooks, Rafael Borras, Elijah Cummings, John Mica, Kerry Bentivolio, Gerald E. Connolly, Brett A. Mansfield, Paul A. Gosar, Jackie Speier, Darrell E. Issa, and Charles K. Edwards.

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