Oversight and Investigations

Democratic Members of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

Debbie Dingell, ranking member (Mich.)

Jared Huffman (Calif.)

Ruben Gallego (Ariz.)

Don Beyer (Va.)

The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee was created in the 114th Congress. It has jurisdiction over each agency and program overseen by the House Committee on Natural Resources and its subcommittees.

Though the Subcommittee is new, the mission is old. Congressional oversight and investigations began in the late 1700s and have continued to make a major impact, turning phrases like Teapot Dome, Watergate, and Iran–Contra into household names. These investigations were precursors to major policy improvements.

Today, congressional oversight is an essential part of the legislative process. Responsible oversight promotes transparency in policymaking and improves stewardship of our natural resources, our insular areas, and our first peoples. Investigations can reduce waste, fraud and abuse in the public and private sectors.

We Americans rely on our natural resources to provide clean water, clean air, sustainable energy sources, a stable climate, biological diversity, nutritious food, and cures for a range of ailments. When Congress ignores its oversight responsibilities to protect our public lands and ensure their responsible use by private entities, we all suffer the consequences.

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We can only manage our finite natural resources effectively if we can evaluate whether our efforts are working. Democrats on the Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee will fight for the transparency necessary for good governance. We will root out waste, fraud and abuse that degrade the resources on which we depend. We will fact-check claims used to undermine our bedrock environmental laws. We will investigate the sources and impacts of climate change, the single biggest issue that affects every aspect of the Committee’s work.

Just as importantly, we will ensure that our environment continues to be protected by responsible policies based on the best science available – science that is free of corporate influence or financial conflicts of interest.

If you wish to contact the Democratic Staff of the Subcommittee or report a matter for Congressional review, please contact us at (202) 225-6065.