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.

Recent Activity

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 Commerce ON:  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 Investigations DATE: 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 Commerce ON: Hearing on Examining "Sue and Settle" Agreements: Part I

ReportMay 24, 2017 - 9:45am

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.  The EPA entered i

ReportMar 30, 2017 - 5:00am

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

This report, Taming the Administrative State, 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.

LetterMar 29, 2017 - 11:15am

Hill Letter to House Supporting the HONEST Act and the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

LetterMar 08, 2017 - 4:45pm

Hill Letter to House Science Committee Supporting HONEST Act and EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act

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.

LetterMar 01, 2017 - 5:15pm

Hill Letter to Sens. Blunt and King Supporting Introduction of the Regulatory Improvement Act

Dear Senators Blunt and King: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce applauds you and the original cosponsors of 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.

Press ReleaseFeb 28, 2017 - 3:00pm

U.S. Chamber Praises Executive Order on Water Rule

Business Community Pleased to See “Federal Land Grab” Reconsidered

LetterFeb 13, 2017 - 10:30am

Hill Letter to Rep. Sinema Supporting the Regulatory Improvement Act

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.