Capital Building

House Committee On Oversight and Government Reform

Committee Background

Year Established


Key Issues

Financial and programmatic oversight of all federal agencies including serving as Congress’ chief investigative committee; exposure of waste, fraud, and abuse in spending or government operations


Oversight of government operations, including the Departments of Treasury, Labor, State, Defense, Homeland Security, Energy, Agriculture, and Postal Service; oversight of healthcare policy and administration, Social Security, drug policy, entitlement programs, and government information technology programs, including data standards, cybersecurity and privacy. Note: committee chair maintains subpoena power

Committee Leadership

Chair Trey Gowdy (R - SC)
Ranking Mem. Elijah Cummings (D - MD)
Ranking Member

Vital Stats

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