What can the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee investigate? Pretty much anything it wants. With Republicans taking over the majority in the House of Representatives, the incoming Chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA-49), is set to move forward on an aggressive plan of oversight of the Executive Branch. This is of importance to interested companies affected by government regulation, but especially those affected by the implementation of the recently passed health care and financial reform statutes; our nation’s food safety system; the economic stimulus; and efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency to address greenhouse gas regulation and related environmental issues – areas where Representative Issa and other Republicans have been most critical. The Public Policy & Infrastructure Practice expects to see a number of Committee hearings in these, and other areas, throughout the 112th Congress. We know that Committee and the expected targets in the White House and at federal agencies are all “lawyering up.”

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