Oversight

06.27.18

Chairman Enzi Urges Select Committee on Budget Reform to Consider 2-Year Appropriations Process

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) urged members of the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform to consider moving Congress to a biennial appropriations system, which would provide funding for two years instead of one and allow lawmakers more time to develop and scrutinize government spending. Enzi has led bipartisan efforts in the Senate Budget Committee to explore and reform the budget process. "Our budget and appropriations process … Continue Reading


06.26.18

Senate chairman urges move to two-year budgetary process

by NIV ELIS

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) is throwing his support behind a two-year budget and appropriations process, an option actively being considered by a joint select committee examining the budget process. "I have long believed that moving to biennial appropriations would allow for greater transparency and congressional oversight of executive branch program spending and management," Enzi wrote in a letter to the co-chairs of the joint select committee, Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.… Continue Reading


06.19.18

Senate Budget Committee Members Press HHS on Billions of Improper Payments in Medicare and Medicaid

WASHINGTON D.C. - Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar today on his agency's plan to address the $89 billion of improper payments made within the Medicare and Medicaid programs each year. Budget Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) led fellow committee members Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Bob Corker (R-TN), David Perdue (R-GA), John Boozman (R-AR), John Kennedy (R-LA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Pat Toom… Continue Reading


06.19.18

Senate Budget Committee Members Press HHS on Billions of Improper Payments in Medicare and Medicaid

WASHINGTON D.C. - Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar today on his agency's plan to address the $89 billion of improper payments made within the Medicare and Medicaid programs each year. Budget Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) led fellow committee members Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Bob Corker (R-TN), David Perdue (R-GA), John Boozman (R-AR), John Kennedy (R-LA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Pat Toom… Continue Reading


06.07.18

BUDGET BULLETIN - Spending Caps and the New Fiscal Cliff

The two-year bipartisan budget law enacted in February significantly increased discretionary spending levels through fiscal year 2019, setting up a $126 billion spending cliff for 2020. View the June 7, 2018 Budget Bulletin online here.… Continue Reading


06.07.18

Spending Caps and the New Fiscal Cliff

The two-year bipartisan budget law enacted in February significantly increased discretionary spending levels through fiscal year 2019, setting up a $126 billion spending cliff for 2020.… Continue Reading


05.24.18

Senate Budget Chairman Knocks STEM Spending Overlap

Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, on Wednesday voiced strong criticism of the Federal government's spending to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education in the United States, saying that some of the Federal investment is duplicative and inefficient. The chairman's comments came during a committee hearing to discuss the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) annual Duplication Report. The latest Duplication Report, released in Apr… Continue Reading


05.23.18

Enzi: Increased Fiscal Oversight Needed for Govt. Programs, Agencies and Activities

WASHINGTON D.C. - During a Senate Budget Committee hearing on the Government Accountability Office's annual report focused on additional opportunities to reduce fragmentation, overlap, and duplication in the federal government, Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) said diligent oversight of the programs, agencies, and activities currently being funded is key to addressing these issues. "It is no secret that the federal government spends beyond its means. Our national debt has eclipsed $21 trillion, and th… Continue Reading


05.23.18

Chairman Enzi: Increased Fiscal Oversight Needed for Govt. Programs, Agencies and Activities

WASHINGTON D.C. - During a Senate Budget Committee hearing on the Government Accountability Office's annual report focused on additional opportunities to reduce fragmentation, overlap, and duplication in the federal government, Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) said diligent oversight of the programs, agencies, and activities currently being funded is key to addressing these issues. "It is no secret that the federal government spends beyond its means. Our national debt has eclipsed $21 trillion, and th… Continue Reading


05.07.18

Chairman Enzi Files Topline Numbers to Establish FY 19 Senate Budget Framework and Enforcement

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, today filed the topline spending numbers included in the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) of 2018 enacted in February. This filing allows the Senate Appropriations Committee to begin its work on annual spending bills immediately. It also allows the Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee to enforce the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 and points of order. "Filing the topline spending numbers will allow Congressiona… Continue Reading


04.11.18

Chairman Enzi: CBO Report Shines Spotlight on Nation’s Unsustainable Fiscal Outlook

WASHINGTON D.C. - During a Senate Budget Committee hearing on the Congressional Budget Office's Budget and Economic Outlook for fiscal years 2018 through 2028, Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) said the CBO report shines a spotlight on the country's unsustainable fiscal outlook. "Automatic spending programs like Social Security and Medicare are growing disproportionally to their revenue and outpacing the economy," said Chairman Enzi. "This spending will soon consume all the taxes and revenues the fed… Continue Reading


03.28.18

Chairman Enzi Continues Work to Streamline Early Education Programs

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, is continuing his work to streamline federal early learning and child care programs. He recently wrote to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar requesting his help to consolidate fragmented and overlapping early education programs. In 2012 and 2014, the Government Accountability Office issued reports citing 45 separate federal early learning and child care programs and recommending that the secretaries … Continue Reading


03.28.18

Chairman Enzi Continues Work to Streamline Early Education Programs

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, is continuing his work to streamline federal early learning and child care programs. He recently wrote to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar requesting his help to consolidate fragmented and overlapping early education programs. In 2012 and 2014, the Government Accountability Office issued reports citing 45 separate federal early learning and child care programs and recommending that the secretaries … Continue Reading


03.21.18

Enzi: Congress and White House Must Work Together on Pro-Growth Economic Policies

WASHINGTON D.C. - During a Senate Budget Committee hearing on the Economic Report of the President, Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) said the Council of Economic Advisers analysis of U.S. domestic and international economic policy priorities is particularly relevant as Congress grapples with a challenging fiscal outlook. "To keep our economy moving in the right direction, we need to continue working together on pro-growth policies. These efforts are helping American workers, small businesses, and fam… Continue Reading


03.15.18

Chairman Enzi Presses Federal IG Offices on Housing Duplication and Overlap

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, has asked the inspectors general of the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, Veterans Affairs, and Treasury to identify duplication in federal housing assistance programs. Enzi's letter requests an evaluation of the current investments made in housing programs, as well as recommended areas in which the agencies can work together more efficiently to be better stewards of taxpayer funds. In… Continue Reading


03.15.18

Chairman Enzi Presses Federal IG Offices on Housing Duplication and Overlap

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, has asked the inspectors general of the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, Veterans Affairs, and Treasury to identify duplication in federal housing assistance programs. Enzi's letter requests an evaluation of the current investments made in housing programs, as well as recommended areas in which the agencies can work together more efficiently to be better stewards of taxpayer funds. In … Continue Reading


03.13.18

Chairman Enzi Pushes DEA for Information After Audit Shows Contract Mismanagement

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, is pressing the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for additional information after an internal audit revealed repeated mismanagement that may have wasted taxpayer funds and compromised criminal investigations. Enzi's letter is pushing the DEA to provide answers to how this happened, and how to prevent this mismanagement from occurring again. He said it is essential to make federal agencies more … Continue Reading


03.13.18

Enzi Pushes DEA for Information After Audit Shows Contract Mismanagement

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, is pressing the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for additional information after an internal audit revealed repeated mismanagement that may have wasted taxpayer funds and compromised criminal investigations. Enzi's letter is pushing the DEA to provide answers to how this happened, and how to prevent this mismanagement from occurring again. He said it is essential to make federal agencies more … Continue Reading


03.07.18

Chairman Enzi: Rebuilding the Military and Reforming the Pentagon Must Go Hand in Hand

WASHINGTON D.C. - During an oversight hearing today focused on the Department of Defense's ongoing audit and business operations reform at the Pentagon, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said that rebuilding the military and reforming the way the Pentagon does business must go hand in hand. "Our nation faces grave threats abroad and a challenging fiscal situation at home. Given these dual pressures, it is crucial to rebuild the military and reform the way the P… Continue Reading


02.21.18

Clean up the books or risk funding cuts, budget chair warns Pentagon

by BRYAN BENDER and SARAH FERRIS

If the Pentagon can't do a better job of managing its finances Congress may have to consider withholding some of the additional funds the military is slated to receive under a new budget deal, the Republican chairman of the Senate Budget Committee warned Wednesday. Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming was responding to a recent report in POLITICO about an initial audit of the Pentagon's massive logistics arm that concluded it could not account for hundreds of millions of dollars. "Taxpayers must ha… Continue Reading

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