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Part One. General statement of organization and activites 1

I. Jurisdiction, authority, powers, and duties 1

II. Historical background 9

III. Organization 13

A. Subcommittees 13

B. Rules of the Committee on Government Operations 13

IV. Activites, 1st Session, 103d Congress 19

A. Investigative reports 19

B. Legislation 20

C. Reorganization plans 22

D. Committee prints 22

E. Committee action on reports of the Comptroller General 23

Part Two. Report of committee activities 25

I. Matters Of Interest, Full Committee

A. General 25

1. Oversight plans of the committees of the U.S. House of

Representatives 25

2. Views and estimates for fiscal year 1994 25

3. Legislation 26

a. Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 26

b. Department of Environmental Protection Act 26

c. Federal Acquisition Improvement Act of 1993 30

d. Revolving Door Sunshine Act of 1993 33

e. Government Savings and Reform Act of 1993 33

f. The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 34

g. The Expedited Rescissions Act of 1993 36

h. National Historical Publications and Records Commis-

sion 37

i. The Ban on Smoking in Federal Buildings Act 37

j. Making appropriations for the Treasury Department,

the U.S. Postal Service, the Executive Office of the

President, and certain independent agencies for fiscal

year 1994 37

k. National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year

1994 38

1. National and Community Service Act 40

m. Local Flexibility Act of 1993 40

n. North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation

Act 40

o. To provide for the conveyance of certain land in the

District of Columbia to the Columbia Hospital for

Women to provide a site for the construction of a

facility to house the National Women's Health Re-

source Center 41

p. The Thrift Depositors Protection Act of 1993 42

q. Minor Boundary Adjustments and Miscellaneous Park

Amendments Act of 1993 42

r. Health Security Act 42

s. The Iraq Claims Act of 1993 42

t. National Narcotics Leadership Act Amendments of

1993 43

4. Investigations 43

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Part Two. Report of committee activities—Continued

A. General—Continued

4. Investigations—Continued

a. Allegations of reprisals at the Internal Revenue Serv

ice 43

b. Employment practices at the Immigration and Natu

ralization Service 43

B. General management 45

1. Oversight of implementation of the Chief Financial Offi-
cers Act of 1990 45

2. Procedures for the promulgation and review of executive
branch regulations 45

3. Economy and efficiency of the U.S. health care system 48

4. Oversight of the General Accounting Office 50

5. Review of the recommendations by the Vice President's National Performance Review 51

6. Program evaluation efforts in the Federal Government 52

7. Debt collection 52

8. Evaluation of Executive Order 12837, on reducing administrative expenses in Federal agencies 53

9. The effect on employment of shifting Federal funds from Defense to State and local governments 53

C. Budget process 54

D. Automatic data processing 56

1. Major committee ADP/IRM investigations 56

a. General FTS 2000 oversight 56

b. Review of Federal electronic commerce/electronic data

interchange [EC/EDI] efforts 60

c. Review of VA's Veterans Benefits Administration [VBA ]

$500 million computer modernization efforts 61

d. Investigation of GSA implementation of the Brooks

ADP Act 65

e. Review of the effectiveness of Air Forces Standard Sys

tems Center [SSC] procurement management 67

f. Review of the need for chief information officers 67

g. Review of National Aeronautics and Space Administra

tion [NASA] supercomputer procurements 68

h. Investigation of questionable contracting practices with-
in the Office of the Secretary of Defense 70

i. Review of indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity [IDIQ]
contracts for personal computers and associated re-
sources 71

2. Savings achieved through implementation of Public Law 89-306 (the Brooks Act) 71

E. Federalprocurement policy 74

1. Oversight of the General Services Administration 76

2. Committee investigation of GSA leasing practices 77

3. Investigation of Justice Department suit against GAO bid

g potest authorities 77 eneral oversight of Federal procurement 78

5. Investigation of Defense Logistics Agency preferred vendor

grogram 81 eview of Detroit Veterans Hospital procurement process .. 82

7. Review of Department of Defense acquisition law advisory panel's operation 83

8. Oversight of the General Services Administration minority contracting practices 84

9. Oversight of the Department of the Treasury multiuser
acquisition contract [TMAC] 84

10. Review of GSA's management of the multiple award sched-
ules program 85

F. Federal Anti-Narcotics Program 86

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n. Investigations

A. INVESTIGATIONS RESULTING IN FORMAL REPORTS

Legislation and National Security Subcommittee, Hon. John Conyers, Jr.,

Chairman 89

1. "Reimbursement of Defense Contractors' Environmental Cleanup

Costs: Comprehensive Oversight Needed to Protect Taxpayers,

House Report No. 103-408, November 22, 1993, Fifth Report by

the Committee on Government Operations 89

2. "State Department Mismanagement of Overseas Embassies: Correc-

tive Action Long Overdue," House Report No. 103—409, November

22, 1993, Sixth Report by the Committee on Government Oper-

ations 92

Commerce, Consumer, and Monetary Affairs Subcommittee, Hon. John M.

Spratt, Jr., Chairman 95

1. "North American Free Trade Agreement [NAFTA] Rules of Origin

and Enforcement Issues," House Report No. 103-407, November

22, 1993, Fourth Report by the Committee on Government Oper-

ations 95

2. "Bank Regulation and Bank Lending to Small Business," House

Report No. 103-410, November 22, 1993, Seventh Report by the

Committee on Government Operations Together With Separate

Views 97

Information, Justice, Transportation, and Agriculture Subcommittee, Hon.

Gary A. Condit, Chairman 99

1. "A Citizen's Guide on Using the Freedom of Information Act and

the Privacy Act of 1974 to Request Government Records," House

Report No. 103-104, May 24, 1993, First Report by the Committee

on Government Operations 99

2. "The Immigration and Naturalization Service: Overwhelmed and

Unprepared for the Future," House Report No. 103-216, August

4, 1993, Second Report by the Committee on Government Oper-

ations, Together With Additional Views 99

3. "Look Whos Minding the Forest: Forest Service Reforestation Pro-

gram Due for a Major Overhaul," House Report No. 103-218, Au-

gust 5, 1993, Third Report by the Committee on Government Oper-

ations 100

B. OTHER INVESTIGATIONS

Legislation and National Security Subcommittee 101

1. The Air Force C-17 Airlifter Program 101

2. Budget enforcement for reconciliation 105

3. Foreign government procurement discrimination 105

4. Office ofNational Drug Control Policy 107

5. Transfer of Federal surplus real property for economic develop-

ment 112

6. Impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement on govern-

ment procurement and the public sector 113

7. National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Major manage-

ment issues 116

8. National Performance Review: Capital budgeting for investment .... 118

9. The Vice President's National Performance Review—Recommend-

ing A Biennial Budget Process 119

10. The effectiveness of Public Law 102-526, The President John F.

Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992" 120

11. The effectiveness of the current legal framework for U.N. peace-

keeping operations 122

12. Alleged Air Force suppression of technical report on the Follow-

on Early Warning System 122

13. The B-1B bomber 123

14. The U.S. role in the World Food Program 124

15. The U.S. presence overseas: Is downsizing the answer? 124

16. The activities of the Agency for International Development's agency

center for university cooperation in development 125

17. The Peace Corps' Office of Inspector General 126
Legislation and National Security Subcommittee—Continued

18. The Peace Corps' new country entry .. . .— __. 127

19. The Navy AOE-6 Program 128

20. Alleged sale to the Department of Defense of foreign-made machine

tools as domestic product* 129

21. The strategic target system [STARS] 130

22. Performance of the Patriot Missile 132

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Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Subcommittee 133

1. Elevation of the Environmental Protection Agency to cabinet-level

status . 133

2. Elevation of the Environmental Protection Agency to a cabinet-

level Department of Environmental Protection „.„..„..„.„„.„.„.. 134

3. Review of Federal recreation concessions management 134

4. Potential health risks from carpets and carpeting materials 136

5. Management problems and contracting activities at EPA labora-

tories _ „ _ 137

6. DOD's Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program

[CSEPP] 140

7. Adequacy of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's agreement

States program 141

8. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Electricity Regula-

tion Program 142

9. EPA's Pesticide Program and food safety reform 144

10. Benefits and drawbacks of the Superfund statute's liability provi-

sions . . 145

11. Reliability of U.S. isotope supplies and the U.S. Department of

Energy's Isotope Production and Distribution Program 147

Human Resources and Intergovernmental Relations Subcommittee 148

1. Review of the Federal Government's fragmented social service pro-

frams 148

mergency wards and the drug crisis 149

3. Monitoring the Department of Education's implementation of the

Federal Direct Student Loan Program 149

4. FDA's regulation of dietary supplements 160

5. The farm industry's use of alternative agricultural practices and

its effect on food prices 151

6. Medicaid fraud—prescription drug diversion 152

7. Review of the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Prevention Pro-

gram 153

8. The financial ability of State and local governments to implement

health and welfare reform 154

9. Cancer screening and early detection guidelines for cervical and

breast cancers 155

10. Review of the Department of Education's implementation of chap-

ter 1 reform „ „ 156

11. Unfunded Federal mandates 157

12. Reinventing the Federal Food Safety System 157

13. Investigation of deaths related to the National Institutes of Health

[NTH] clinical trials of fialuridine (FIAU) 159

14. Viability of poison control centers 160

Commerce, Consumer, and Monetary Affairs Subcommittee 160

1. An updated review of tax administration problems involving inde-

pendent contractors 160

2. Problems facing minority and women-owned small business in pro-

curing U.S. Government contracts and the adequacy of relevant

agency programs 161

3. Oversight of U.S. Customs Service and textile transshipments 163

4. Trade with and investment in Russia and the Commonwealth of

Independent States [CIS] 165

5. Reorganization of the Internal Revenue Service 166

6. GAO examination of the Office of Inspector General of the Resolu-

tion Trust Corporation and its investigative and audit work and

priorities 167

7. Problems with the future merger of the Resolution Trust Corpora-

tion with the FDIC and the implementation of this transition 168

8. Review of Commerce Department programs and management 170

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Commerce, Consumer, and Monetary Affairs Subcommittee—Continued

9. Improving government statistics for budget and economic policy

planning 170

Information, Justice, Transportation, and Agriculture Subcommittee 170

1. Oversight of U.S. Department or Agriculture [USDA] reorganiza-

tion and downsizing 170

2. The impact of immigration policies on local and State governments 172

3. Improper use and disclosure of National Crime Information Center

files 172

4. Charging a fee to enter the United States at a land border port 173

5. Review of the effect of Federal maritime policy on agriculture ex-

§orts 173

taffing the U.S. attorney offices 174

7. Fair information practices for health information 174

8. The Mexican border—impact on local law enforcement 175

9. Controlling the flow of illegal immigration at U.S. land borders 175

10. Undocumented alien cost reimbursement 177

Employment, Housing, and Aviation Subcommittee 177

1. Failure of title II-A of the Job Training Partnership Act 177

2. Failure of the Federal Aviation Administration to implement safety

recommendations made by the National Transportation Safety

Board 178

3. The NAFTA labor side agreement 180

4. Mexican detention of U.S. union members 181

5. Impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement on employ-

ment and wage levels of U.S. workers 183

6. The impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement [NAFTA]

on immigration from Mexico and employment in the United States 184

7. Welfare notels: A waste of Federal funds, harmful to homeless

families 185

8. Negative impact of proposed labor market pilot program on young

U.S. scientists and engineers 186

9. Questionable trade-related job loss projections by the U.S. Trade

Representative 187

10. Attempt of U.S. Trade Representative to establish illegal grassroots

lobbying organization 187

11. Conflicts of interest at Occupational Safety and Health Review

Commission training conference 188

12. Sexual harassment allegations at the Merit Systems Protection

Board 189

III. Legislation

A. NEW MEASURES

Legislation and National Security Subcommittee 191

1. H.R. 826, Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 191

2. Hit. 1578, Expedited Rescissions Act of 1993 192

3. H.R. 1593, Revolving Door Sunshine Act of 1993 192

4. H.R. 1926, National Narcotics Leadership Act Amendments of 1993 . 193

5. H.R. 2238, Federal Acquisition Improvement Act of 1993 194

6. HR. 3400, Government Reform and Savings Act of 1993 194

7. H.R. 3425, Department of Environmental Protection Act 195

Human Resources and Intergovernmental Relations Subcommittee 196

1. H.R 1448, the Federal Regulation of Check Cashing Outlets 196

2. HJt. 2856, the Local Flexibility Act of 1993 196

3. H.R. 1873, A Bill To Exclude Reparations Payments Paid Through

Foreign Governments From Eligibility Determinations in Federally

Supported Need-Based Programs 197

Information, Justice, Transportation, and Agriculture Subcommittee 198

1. H.R. 2139, To amend title 44, United States Code, to authorize

appropriations for the National Historical Publications and Records

Commission 198

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