By The Hill Staff - 01/06/11 06:37 PM EST
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has attended every Consumer Electronics Show since 1982, and this year is no different.
Issa joins a fleet of other Washington officials, including the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, in heading to a major technology show in Las Vegas.
For Issa, the incoming House Oversight chairman, the show is a chance to return to his roots in the technology sector.
Before serving in Congress, Issa was chairman of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the trade organization that hosts the show.
That's while he was the chief executive of Directed Electronics, a tech company that makes car alarms and other security products.
Issa's staff said he views CES as a chance to get insight on where the tech industry is headed. One of his top priorities as Oversight leader is reducing government waste using technology. He attends CES as a board member for Directed Electronics, not on the government dime.
Issa will have an eye toward "what technologies we can implement across the federal government to get a bigger bang for the taxpayer buck, reduce waste and shape a government that does a lot more with less of the American people’s money," said Seamus Kraft, his spokesman.
Issa will also use the opportunity to talk with vendors and industry officials.