No surprise: Rep. Davis ranking member of Government Reform Committee

As expected, the Republicans elected Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) ranking member of the Government Reform Committee.

Davis has been the chairman of the committee since 2003 and has been the main proponent and overseer of many of the IT and procurement issues.

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the committee, is expected to take over the chairmanship when the Democrats name their committee leaders. Two are switching roles because the Democrats took over control of the House in the November election.

'I said when I became chairman that my agenda boiled down to our national security and national competitiveness,' Davis said in a release. 'Even in the minority, I'm optimistic about building on our record of reform, serious oversight and good government.'

Davis always has worked well with Waxman, and several industry observers believe that will continue.

Davis took over the committee from Dan Burton, former congressman from Indiana, and spent the last three years focusing on a variety of IT issues, from information sharing to IT security to e-government.

Since February 2005, Davis has held 15 hearings on federal IT matters. He also has requested more than 16 Government Accountability Office reports. Additionally, Davis led the investigation into agency data security over the past year.


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