House committee to challenge DHS response to sequester

Republicans have said DHS needlessly threatened to pare back border enforcement in the face of the $500 million sequester it faced, and have said the department should have found less intrusive ways to cut spending.

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Just this week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a division within DHS, said it would delay its plans to furlough thousands of border agents.

Government oversight is, in some ways, a running theme for House committees next week. The House Oversight Committee will hold a series of hearings on several key issues that Republicans have been pressing since taking control of the House two years ago.

On Tuesday, the committee will examine how to reduce waste in government spending. On Wednesday, it meets to discuss postal reform and ways to bring accountability to foreign aid programs. On Thursday, it will examine federal employee health benefits.

Finally, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee meets on Wednesday for another round of discussions about what can be done to prevent meteors and asteroids from destroying life on Earth as we know it, which would make the above-mentioned oversight hearings irrelevant.

Details on these and other key hearings next week are below:

House Appropriations

Various subcommittees will hold several budget and oversight hearings throughout the week, a full list of which can be seen here.

House Armed Services

April 11, "The Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Budget Request from the Department of Defense"
     10 a.m., 2118 Rayburn House Office Building

House Education & the Workforce

Subcommittee on Workforce Protections

April 11, "The Working Families Flexibility Act"
     10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn House Office Building

House Financial Services

Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises

April 11, "Legislative Proposals Regarding Derivatives and SEC Economic Analysis"
     10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn House Office Building

House Homeland Security

Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency

April 12, "The Impact of Sequestration on Homeland Security: Scare Tactics or Possible Threat?"
     9 a.m., 311 Cannon House Office Building

House Oversight & Government Reform

April 9, "Reducing Waste in Government: Addressing GAO's 2013 Report on Duplicative Federal Programs"
     2 p.m., 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

April 10, "U.S. Foreign Assistance: What Oversight Mechanisms are in Place to Ensure Accountability?"
     9:30 a.m., 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

April 10, "Ahead of Postal Reform: Hearing from USPS Business Partners"
     1:30 p.m., 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

April 11, "Federal Employees Health Benefit Program: Is it a Good Value for Federal Employees?"
     10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

House Science, Space, and Technology

April 10, "Threats from Space: A Review of Non-U.S. Government Efforts to Track and Mitigate Asteroids and Meteors, Part II
     2 p.m., 2318 Rayburn House Office Building

House Small Business

April 10, "Small Business Tax Reform: Growth Through Simplicity"
     1 p.m., 2360 Rayburn House Office Building