Waxman names subcommittee heads

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) has named the subcommittee heads and membership for his influential panel in the Democrat-controlled 110th Congress.

The full committee met to approve them today.

Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), the ranking Republican on the committee, announced the leading GOP subcommittee members.

The subcommittee chairmen and ranking members are:
  • Information Policy, Census and National Archives: Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), chairman; Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio), ranking member
  • Government Management, Organization and Procurement: Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.), chairman; Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.), ranking member
  • National Security and Foreign Affairs: Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.), chairman; Rep. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.), ranking member
  • Federal Workforce, Post Office and the District of Columbia: Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), chairman; Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Texas), ranking member
  • Domestic Policy: Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), chairman; Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), ranking member

In the past, the full House Oversight and Government Reform committee has had oversight over federal IT policy.

As chairman of the Information Policy, Census and National Archives subcommittee, Clay will oversee the 2010 Census, a $12 billion project that will rely extensively on IT, including use of handheld devices by population counters. The Census determines political reapportionment and the distribution of billions of federal dollars. As subcommittee chairman, Clay said, he will ensure that every American is counted.

'The census is one of the most powerful tools that the federal government has to help African-Americans and other minority communities. In 2000, the national census missed at least three million people ' mostly the poor and minorities. But as the chairman of the Census subcommittee, I will use all the government's resources to see that this never happens again,' he said in a statement.

Clay also will have jurisdiction over electronic federal records through the National Archives and Records Administration.

Waxman added one subcommittee ' Information Policy, Census and National Archives'and reorganized the others last month. At the same time, he dropped the Regulatory Affairs, and Energy and Resources subcommittees.

'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 at the time.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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