Sen. Thompson's Busy Month

It's been a busy month for Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., the incoming chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee.

Assigned to chair hearings into alleged campaign finance violations during the presidential campaign, Thompson has been picking his top aides and preparing to go public with the investigation as early as February, Senate Republican sources said.

Because of new Republican Conference rules that limit subcommittee chairmanships, Thompson has decided to hold the hearings before the full committee rather than the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, which, with its large staff, has been the center of many high-profile hearings in recent decades. In fact, he hasn't decided whether to retain the subcommittee at all.

With Democrats pressing for quick action on campaign finance legislation, Thompson is likely to encounter partisan pressure to bring the inquiry to a speedy conclusion.

Thompson, who will take over the chairmanship after only two years in the Senate, has said he'll also pursue a legislative agenda that includes a two-year budget proposal and regulatory reform.

Hannah Sistare, Thompson's legislative director who's expected to be the committee's staff director, has been interviewing potential aides for both the full panel and its investigations unit. Thompson's office has received more than 300 job applications, a spokeswoman said.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Sponsored by G Suite

    Cross-Agency Teamwork, Anytime and Anywhere

    Dan McCrae, director of IT service delivery division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

    Download
  • Data-Centric Security vs. Database-Level Security

    Database-level encryption had its origins in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to very basic risks which largely revolved around the theft of servers, backup tapes and other physical-layer assets. As noted in Verizon’s 2014, Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)1, threats today are far more advanced and dangerous.

    Download
  • Sponsored by One Identity

    One Nation Under Guard: Securing User Identities Across State and Local Government

    In 2016, the government can expect even more sophisticated threats on the horizon, making it all the more imperative that agencies enforce proper identity and access management (IAM) practices. In order to better measure the current state of IAM at the state and local level, Government Business Council (GBC) conducted an in-depth research study of state and local employees.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    The Next Federal Evolution of Cloud

    This GBC report explains the evolution of cloud computing in federal government, and provides an outlook for the future of the cloud in government IT.

    Download
  • Sponsored by LTC Partners, administrators of the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program

    Approaching the Brink of Federal Retirement

    Approximately 10,000 baby boomers are reaching retirement age per day, and a growing number of federal employees are preparing themselves for the next chapter of their lives. Learn how to tackle the challenges that today's workforce faces in laying the groundwork for a smooth and secure retirement.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Cyber Defense 101: Arming the Next Generation of Government Employees

    Read this issue brief to learn about the sector's most potent challenges in the new cyber landscape and how government organizations are building a robust, threat-aware infrastructure

    Download
  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    GBC Issue Brief: Cultivating Digital Services in the Federal Landscape

    Read this GBC issue brief to learn more about the current state of digital services in the government, and how key players are pushing enhancements towards a user-centric approach.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.