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Monday, December 11, 2006

Waxman revamps Government Reform Committee

Incoming chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., has announced he will reorganize the House Government Reform Committee for the next Congress.

The new structure will shrink the number of subcommittees from seven to five:

  • National security and international relations.
  • Domestic policy, including the Office of National Drug Control.
  • Federal work force, post office and the District of Columbia.
  • Government management, organization and procurement, including property and intergovernmental relations.
  • Information policy, census and the National Archives.

There are no longer separate subcommittees for energy and resources, and regulatory affairs.

“My goal is to consolidate the jurisdictions of some of the subcommittees so that the jurisdiction of each subcommittee will have broad appeal and will engage the attention of the subcommittee members,” Waxman said in a statement.

He also noted that he had discussed the matter with current committee chairman Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., “as I intend to do when important issues come before the committee next year.”
Davis yesterday was elected ranking member of the new Congress’ Government Reform Committee by his Republican colleagues.

“Even in the minority, I’m optimistic about building on our record of reform, serious oversight and good government,” Davis said in a statement.

-Aimee Curl, FederalTimes.com

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