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The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is consolidating two subcommittees that oversee agency operations like leases and technology into the new subcommittee on government operations.

In a Jan. 2 release, Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) announced the change and said that Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) will chair the new panel. The operations subcommittee combines the focuses of the subcommittee on government organization, efficiency and financial management and the subcommittee on technology, information policy, intergovernmental relations and procurement reform.

The consolidation will allow Mica to oversee issues including the General Service Administration's current efforts to sell, trade or revamp federal buildings and leasing space. Under Mica, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held meetings in empty federal buildings in order to highlight waste.

Mica previously served on the civil service subcommittee and criminal justice and drug policy subcommittee, in addition to his six years on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as either ranking member or chairman.

No longer present in House Oversight is a regulatory affairs subcommittee overseeing stimulus funds and a subcommittee to oversee emergency government loans to public and private companies.

The full list of new subcommittee leadership is:

  • Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) as chairman of the federal workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census subcommittee;
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) as national security subcommittee chairman;
  • Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) as chairman of the economic growth, job creation and regulatory affairs subcommittee;
  • Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) as energy policy, health care and entitlements subcommittee chairman; and
  • Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) as the chairman of the government operations subcommittee.

Since the changes were just announced, Democratic ranking member appointments have not yet been made.

For more:
- read the announcement

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