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Nomination Hearing - Peg Gustafson to be Inspector General for the Department of Commerce

The Honorable Peg Gustafson will provide testimony at a U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation confirmation hearing at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10. On April 25, 2016, President Obama nominated Ms. Gustafson to serve as inspector general for the Department of Commerce. The Department of Commerce has been without a Senate confirmed inspector general since June 3, 2015.  Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), a member of the Commerce Committee and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, wrote to President Obama on August 5, 2015, requesting a nomination.

Ms. Gustafson’s nomination questionnaire is available here.


Witnesses:

The Honorable Peg Gustafson, Small Business Administration Inspector General (current position)

Hearing Details:

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

10:00 a.m.

Full Committee hearing

This hearing will take place in Senate Russell Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

Confirmation Hearing Set for Commerce Department Inspector General Vacancy

WASHINGTON – The Honorable Peg Gustafson will provide testimony at a U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation confirmation hearing at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10. On April 25, 2016, President Obama nominated Ms. Gustafson to serve as inspector general for the Department of Commerce. The Department of Commerce has been without a Senate confirmed inspector general since June 3, 2015.  Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), a member of the Commerce Committee and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, wrote to President Obama on August 5, 2015, requesting a nomination.

Ms. Gustafson’s nomination questionnaire is available here.


Witnesses:

The Honorable Peg Gustafson, Small Business Administration Inspector General (current position)

Hearing Details:

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

10:00 a.m.

Full Committee hearing

This hearing will take place in Senate Russell Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

GSA Creates New Service to Help Agencies Transform their Technology

GSA news releases - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 12:00am
GSA Creates New Service to Help Agencies Transform their Technology

Keeping Goods Moving in America’s Heartland

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), chairman of the Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security Subcommittee, will convene a subcommittee field hearing titled “Keeping Goods Moving in America’s Heartland" on Monday, May 2, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. MT/12:00 p.m. ET in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

The recently-enacted FAST Act included provisions to improve our nation’s infrastructure and establish a strategic national freight policy. The field hearing will focus on implementation of the FAST Act, the impact of freight transportation to rural economies, and ways to strengthen local and regional transportation networks.

Witnesses:

·         Mr. Kyle Schneweis, Director, Nebraska Department of Roads
·         Mr. Don Overman, Chairman, Western Nebraska Regional Airport Authority Board
·         Ms. Deb Cottier, Executive Director, Northwest Nebraska Development Corporation
·         Mr. David Freeman, Senior Vice President of Transportation, BNSF Railway
·         Mr. Kevin Kelley, President, Kelley Bean Company
·         Mr. Brent Holliday, Chief Executive Officer, Nebraska Transport Company

Hearing Details:

Monday, May 2, 2016, 10:00 a.m. MT/12:00 p.m. ET.
Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security Subcommittee Field Hearing
Plex Room, The Harms Advanced Technology Center
Western Nebraska Community College
Scottsbluff, Nebraska
 
Witness testimony and opening statements will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

Senate Thanks Coast Guard Aviators for 100 Years of Service

“Aviators in the Coast Guard have risked their lives to rescue thousands of people during Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Katrina, and other life-threatening events,” said Sen. Thune. “This resolution expresses our thanks to the brave aviators who serve in the Coast Guard for their heroic life-saving efforts and instrumental role in keeping our nation safe."

Commerce Approves FCC Reauthorization, Internet of Things Bill, and Five Other Bills

“Today, the Commerce Committee approved a measure to reauthorize the FCC for the first time in 25 years,” said Thune.

<p>"Good morning. Thanks to everyone

"Good morning. Thanks to everyone for being here today. I’d first like to once again thank Senators Nelson, Ayotte, Cantwell, and the entire Committee for the work we did on the FAA Reauthorization Act.  With 95 “yes” votes on the floor, this bipartisan measure is truly a product we can be proud of.  I look forward to working with the House of Representatives now to ensure we can get a reauthorization to the President as soon as possible. 

"Today we are going to consider a number of other measures, which for the most part, are similar to the FAA Reauthorization Act in that they are consensus bipartisan measures intended not only to pass this Committee, but to pass the full Senate and hopefully become law. 

"First and foremost is the FCC Reauthorization Act of 2016.   

"During our oversight hearing in March of last year, I expressed my amazement that an agency as important as the FCC had not been reauthorized by Congress in 25 years—making it the oldest expired authorization within the Commerce Committee’s expansive jurisdiction.  It has been a priority of mine throughout this Congress to restart the FCC’s authorization cycle, and I am glad that today this Committee is finally considering a long-overdue, noncontroversial measure to formally reauthorize the FCC.  

"It has been important to me that this reauthorization package be both bipartisan and noncontroversial, and I think we have achieved that.  It is my hope that we can report this bill with the full support of the Committee and move it through the Senate floor by unanimous consent in quick fashion.

"Another communications-related bill on today’s agenda is the FCC Process Reform Act of 2015, introduced by Senator Heller and co-sponsored by Senator Daines.   

"While it does not appear we have achieved consensus support for the FCC Process Reform Act, yet, I believe it is important that we go on record as a Committee today and continue to work together to improve the Federal Communications Commission, which we all agree is too important an agency not to make as efficient and credible as possible.

"Senators Fischer, Ayotte, Booker, and Schatz worked together to introduce the final communication-related bill on today’s agenda, the DIGIT Act.   

"I would like to thank them for working with me and my staff on this legislation to address a few issues in the lead-up to today’s markup.  Their bill would establish a federal working group to examine policy ideas and needs dealing with the burgeoning Internet of Things. 

"I would also like to thank Senator Udall for agreeing to work with me on his Youth Sports Concussion Act.   

"I think I speak for everyone on this Committee when I say that we share Senator Udall’s concern about the possible long-term impact of concussions, especially on younger athletes, as well as the desire to hold those who make deceptive claims accountable, even when we do not always agree on the best solutions.  I know our staffs have been working together to try to come up with a consensus product that maintains our shared objectives, but addresses the concerns outlined in my amendment, Thune 1.   

"Specifically, my amendment seeks to address stakeholder concerns that the current bill is too broad, could hinder future innovation, and unfairly implicates retailers.  In fact, I would like to submit for the record a letter from the National Retail Federation that highlights these concerns.

"While we have not yet been able to reach agreement at this time, I am comfortable moving forward with this bill today, and not offering my amendment, with an understanding that we will continue working on these issues before we move to the floor.  

"For the second year in a row, Senators Fischer and Booker have introduced MARAD Reauthorization legislation, which we expect will be added to the National Defense Authorization Act.  The bill strengthens sexual assault prevention and response at the U.S. Merchant Maritime Academy, provides MARAD with additional tools to more efficiently manage maritime resources, and addresses critical recommendations from the Department of Transportation Inspector General.  

"I also appreciate the work of Senator Sullivan on the Digital Coast Act of 2015.  

"This bill will codify NOAA’s constituent-driven program that provides a digital information platform capable of efficiently integrating coastal data with decision support tools for coastal managers.  I am happy to offer an amendment to this bill that will require NOAA to establish and maintain a best practices document.  I hope sharing best practices encourages the United States Geologic Survey to develop an easy-to-use tool for visualizing flood plains in states like South Dakota, a concern I have heard about from my constituents.   

"The final legislative item for today is Senators Peters, Gardner, and Booker’s Space Weather Research and Forecasting Act.  Space weather is often an under-appreciated phenomenon and their bill would make improvements to the understanding and forecasting of space weather events, so we are better prepared to minimize disruptions.

"On the nominations front, we are considering 13 Coast Guard promotions and one civilian nomination today.   

"The civilian nomination we are considering today is that of Dr. Andrew Read, of North Carolina, to be a member of the Marine Mammal Commission.  This post at the Marine Mammal Commission is a part-time position, and Dr. Read is not expected to serve more than 60 days in a calendar year.  We anticipate all of these nominations will move forward by voice vote, though I appreciate that some Members may wish to be recorded as “no” on Dr. Read’s nomination, which is their prerogative.

"With that, I will turn to Senator Nelson for any opening remarks he would like to make." 

Fischer Sets May 2 Nebraska Field Hearing on FAST Act Implementation

Subcommittee hearing: “Keeping Goods Moving in America’s Heartland”...

Hackathon Helps U.S. Government Go “Green”

GSA news releases - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 12:00am
Hackathon Helps U.S. Government Go “Green”

GSA Awards $114M Energy Savings Performance Contract for New York Federal Buildings

GSA news releases - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 12:00am
Energy conservation measures to be implemented in ten federal buildings in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and White Plains, NY

GSA Announces Open House Tour for Sugar Grove Station

GSA news releases - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 12:00am
GSA Announces Open House Tour for Sugar Grove Station

GSA’s Edith Green Federal Building Receives Prestigious AIA Sustainable Design Award

GSA news releases - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 12:00am
High performing building delivers on innovative sustainability features and saves taxpayers money

Rail Customers Honor Thune for Improving Freight Rail Service

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, was honored last night with the first annual Murdo MacKenzie Award for advancing public policies that improve freight rail service and the American economy.

New Federal Courthouse Coming to Des Moines

GSA news releases - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 12:00am
GSA announces construction of new U.S. courthouse to help meet Judiciary's needs

New Federal Court Facilities Coming to Toledo

GSA news releases - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 12:00am
GSA announces construction of annex to help meet Judiciary's needs

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