Government Operations, Oversight, & Consumer Affairs Committee

The Government Operations, Oversight & Consumers Affairs Committee develops Chamber policy related to regulatory process reform, regulatory review, and reducing the burden of federal rules.

Chairman: Harry C. Alford, President & CEO, National Black Chamber of Commerce

Staff Executive: Keith Holman, Senior Policy Counsel and Managing Director, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

About the Committee

The Government Operations, Oversight & Consumer Affairs Committee has broad oversight responsibility for the federal government’s regulatory processes, the procedural operation of government agencies, and consumer affairs, with a specific focus on consumer products.  It is responsible for developing and carrying out policy on regulatory process reform, proper delegation and use of statutory authority, regulatory review, and other proposals directed at taming the growth and reducing the burden of federal regulations, including regulatory flexibility, paperwork reduction, regulatory accountability, cost/benefit legislation, sound science, and data access and quality.  In addition, it monitors the oversight activities of Congress. 

The committee complements other Chamber policy committees -- deferring to the substantive expertise of others, providing another avenue for making certain that the proper review processes are followed, and ensuring that federal regulatory activities are necessary and the least burdensome alternatives for implementing federal regulations are adopted.

Read more about the Chamber’s 2017 priorities and 2016 accomplishments.


The latest updates across all U.S. Chamber properties

E.g., 03/30/2017
E.g., 03/30/2017

Dear Chairman Smith and Ranking Member Johnson:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports the “Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment (HONEST) Act of 2017” and the “EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2017.” These bills would improve the transparency and reliability of scientific and technical information that Federal agencies rely heavily upon to support new regulatory actions.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 4:45pm

Dear Representative Walberg:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce applauds you, as the original sponsor of H.R. 1004, the “Regulatory Integrity Act of 2017,” for your leadership on regulatory reform issues. The Regulatory Integrity Act would prevent federal agencies from improperly lobbying the public to support regulatory actions designed to expand the scope of an agency’s own authority. Agencies must be transparent, accountable, and fair in their regulatory actions.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 5:15pm
Press Release

Business Community Pleased to See “Federal Land Grab” Reconsidered

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President of Environment, Technology, & Regulatory Affairs William Kovacs issued the following statement today after President Trump signed an executive order instructing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to reconsider a 2015 regulation often referred to as the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule:

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 3:00pm

Dear Representative Sinema:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce applauds you and the original cosponsors of H.R. 978, the “Regulatory Improvement Act,” for your leadership on regulatory reform issues. Moreover, we salute your collective efforts to ensure that regulatory reform is a bipartisan effort.

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 10:30am


RE: Request for 120-Day Extension of Comment Period Relating to Proposed “Financial Responsibility Requirements Under CERCLA § 108(b) for Classes of Facilities in the Hardrock Mining Industry,” 82 Fed. Reg. 3,388 (Jan. 11, 2017); Docket No. EPA-HQ-SFUND-2015-0781; RIN 2050-AG61.

Dear Ms. McCabe, Mr. Minoli and Mr. Benton:

Friday, February 10, 2017 - 4:45pm

Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Democratic Leader Schumer:

The undersigned 616 groups from each of the 50 states strongly urge you to consider and pass the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (RAA), to be introduced by Senator Portman. The RAA recently passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 238-183, and now we urge you to do the same. We believe that federal regulations should be narrowly tailored, supported by strong and credible data and evidence, and impose the least burden possible, while implementing congressional intent.

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 5:15pm

Dear Senator Grassley and Representative Collins:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports H.R. 469 and S. 119, the “Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act” and thanks you for introducing this important legislation. The Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act would help address the abusive “sue and settle” process that allows special interest groups to use lawsuit settlements to take effective control of an agency’s agenda and regulatory priorities.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 3:30pm


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce strongly supports H.R. 5, which includes the Regulatory Accountability Act, and may consider including votes on, or in relation to, H.R. 5 in our annual How They Voted scorecard.

The Chamber commends the House for acting on regulatory reform legislation so early in the 115th session, and for bringing H.R 5, which also includes important provisions related to small businesses, to the floor.

Friday, January 6, 2017 - 5:45pm