Excerpt: The Committee acknowledges and supports the important role that VRS services have in enhancing the personal and professional lives of deaf and hard-of-hearing Americans. The purpose of our inquiry is not to question the merits of the VRS program, but rather, to find out whether the program, in its current form, is efficient, sustainable and sufficiently safeguarded against the possibility of fraud.
Letters to FCC Regarding Oversight and Management of the Interstate Telecommunications Relay Service FundJune 27, 2013 | Letter
Excerpt: We write to request that you supplement your response to the bipartisan letter sent by 124 members of the House of Representatives, including 31 members of the Energy and Commerce Committee, related to sequestration and the Medicare program (copy attached). To read the letter, click here.
Excerpt: Given the fiscally constrained environment, ensuring efficient and effective use of federal funding is vital. Thus, we are requesting that GAO review NIH’s indirect costs and its processes for overseeing the validity of its indirect cost reimbursements to grant recipients. To read the letter to GAO, click here.
Excerpt: While the Committee recognizes the importance of expanding broadband access to rural areas of the country, we are concerned by reports that the EAGLE-Net project has overbuilt existing systems rather than extend service to areas of Colorado that legitimately meet the underserved/unserved eligibility requirements.
Excerpt: Given that multiple departments and agencies are involved in addressing mental health needs, it is especially important that those involved in supporting major programs to address mental illness make every effort to ensure that federal resources are maximized to meet the needs of this population.
Excerpt: As the Chairman of the Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee, I have supported programs that ensure the availability of sexual risk avoidance (SRA) education. Reasearch detailed in the Committee's report on SRA, "A Better Approach to Teenage Pregnancy Prevention," shows that SRA is not only the best choice, but often the first choice of both parents and teens. Therefore, it is important that SRA education be readily available.