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The House Agriculture Committee approved H.R. 4413, the Customer Protection and End-User Relief Act, by voice vote.
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WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Credit held a public hearing to review recent investigations and audits conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Inspector General. The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) was legislatively established in 1978 with the enactment of the Inspector General Act. The act requires the Inspector General to independently and objectively:
Members of the Subcommittee took testimony from USDA's Inspector General and asked questions regarding how effectively and efficiently USDA is delivering its programs to constituents.
"Today's hearing is about good government. The OIG estimates that billions of dollars in improper payments are made each year. It's important to review the OIG's findings to ensure that taxpayer funds are protected from waste, fraud, abuse, and improper payments," said Chairman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE).
"Today's hearing with USDA's Inspector General Phyllis K. Fong was very informative. I am confident the USDA will continue to weed out discrimination and advance their efforts to limit fraud and abuse in the SNAP program. However, our conversation revealed holes within the agency that must be fixed. I look forward to future discussions about advancement in oversight," said Ranking Member Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH).
Written testimony provided by the witnesses is available below.
The Honorable Phyllis K. Fong, Inspector General, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.
Ms. Karen Ellis, Assistant Inspector General for Investigations, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.
Mr. Steven Rickrode, Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Audit, Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D. C.
Mr. Robert Young, Special Assistant to the Inspector General on Recovery Act, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.