Government Operations, Oversight, & Consumer Affairs Committee

This 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.

Recent Activity

TestimonyJun 27, 2018 - 12:00pm

U.S. Chamber's Johnson testifies before the Senate Committee of Homeland Security about FAST - 41

Joe Johnson, Executive Director, testifies before the Senate Committee of Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs about FAST - 41.

LetterMar 14, 2018 - 2:15pm

Hill Letter to House Oversight Committee Supporting H.R. 50, the Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act

Dear Chairman Gowdy and Ranking Member Cummings: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports H.R. 50, the “Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act of 2017.”

LetterDec 11, 2017 - 4:15pm

Hill Letter to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on FAST-41 Permit Streamlining

Dear Chairman Murkowski and Ranking Member Cantwell: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce applauds you for conducting a hearing to examine the permitting processes at Department of Interior (DOI) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for energy and resource infrastructure projects.

TestimonyOct 18, 2017 - 4:00pm

QFR Response to Senate HSGAC Subcommittee Hearing on Federal Infrastructure Permitting and FPISC

Questions for the Record from Hearing Entitled “Cutting through the Red Tape: Oversight of Federal Infrastructure Permitting and the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council”U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

TestimonySep 07, 2017 - 9:30am

Testimony to Senate HSGAC Subcommittee on Oversight of Permit Streamlining and the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council

Statement of the U.S. Chamber of CommerceOn: Hearing on "Cutting Through the Red Tape: Oversight of Federal Infrastructure Permitting and the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council"To: U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs' Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

TestimonyJun 28, 2017 - 2:45pm

Statement for the Record for Hearing on Examining Policy Impacts of Excessive Litigation Against the Department of the Interior

Statement for the Record of the U.S. Chamber of CommerceON:  Hearing on “Examining Policy Impacts of Excessive Litigation Against the Department of the Interior”TO:  U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Oversight and InvestigationsDATE: June 28, 2017

TestimonyMay 24, 2017 - 2:00pm

Testimony to House Oversight Subcommittee on Hearing on Examining 'Sue and Settle' Agreements - Part I

Statement of the U.S. Chamber of CommerceON: Hearing on Examining "Sue and Settle" Agreements: Part I

ReportMay 24, 2017 - 9:45am
sue and settle report, epa, consent decree, settlements, transparency, regulatory reform

Sue and Settle Updated: Damage Done 2013-2016

"Sue and Settle Updated: Damage Done 2013-2016" updates the Chamber’s 2013 report, "Sue and Settle: Regulating Behind Closed Doors". The study found that EPA increased its use of sue and settle agreements under the Clean Air Act since the last report.

ReportMar 30, 2017 - 5:00am
Taming the Administrative State Report Cover

Taming the Administrative State: Identifying Regulations That Impact Jobs and the Economy

This report seeks to inform policymakers and the public about the number and type of regulations that impose the greatest impact on the business community, consumers, and ultimately the U.S. economy.