Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

Lamar Smith

Full Committee Hearing - Affirming Congress’ Constitutional Oversight Responsibilities: Subpoena Authority and Recourse for Failure to Comply with Lawfully Issued Subpoenas

2016/09/14

Affirming Congress’ Constitutional Oversight Responsibilities: Subpoena Authority and Recourse for Failure to Comply with Lawfully Issued Subpoenas Read More

Space Subcommittee Hearing - Commercial Remote Sensing: Facilitating Innovation and Leadership

2016/09/07

Commercial Remote Sensing: Facilitating Innovation and Leadership Read More

Committee Calls for Department of Commerce to Deliver Commercial Remote Sensing Report

2016/08/30

WASHINGTON – Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Space Subcommittee Chairman Brian Babin (R-Texas) and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) today sent a letter to U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs.  The letter requests delivery of a statutorily required report that the committee has not yet received. Section 201 of the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act, which was signed into law last November, requires the Secretary of Commerce, no later than 180 days after the date of enactment (May 23, 2016), and annually thereafter, to report to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on the Secretary’s implementation of 51 U.S.C. §60121 and all notifications and information provided to the Secretary under 51 U.S.C. §60122. This report is overdue to the committee by more than three months. Today’s letter is part of the committee’s continued oversight efforts and follows previous letters sent to NOAA regarding the licensing of private space-based remote sensing systems. Background: On June 30, Chairman Smith sent a letter to U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on NOAA’s Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs.  The letter requested an explanation on why federal agency representation on the Advisory Committee on Commercial  Remote Sensing (ACCRES) is necessary, why the Department of Commerce has not held an ACCRES meeting in over one year, and a schedule and timeline for the Section 202 report required by the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act.  On June 6, Chairman Smith sent a letter to Secretary Pritzker following press reports that satellite imagery provider DigitalGlobe was still awaiting a license approval almost three years after submitting its initial request. The letter requested communications and documentation confirming DigitalGlobe’s application date, a timeline of the application review process, names of NOAA employees involved in the application approval process, and an explanation of why NOAA has so drastically prolonged and delayed the process. On Feb. 17, Chairman Smith sent a letter to Secretary Pritzker requesting information on whether the Department of Commerce is  considering changing the composition of members of ACCRES. Read More

Letter to Secretary of Commerce re: the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act

2016/08/30

The letter can be found HERE. Read More

Smith Refutes Attorney General Healey’s Objections to Subpoena

2016/08/24

WASHINGTON – Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today sent a letter to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey in response to her objections to the committee’s validly-issued subpoena served on July 13 and accepted on July 14. Today’s letter, sent one day after Chairman Smith’s similar letter to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, states the committee finds Attorney General Healey’s objections without merit. “The Committee is conducting an investigation to determine whether the actions of your office are having an adverse impact on federally-funded scientific research.  If such an adverse impact is discovered, the Committee may consider changes to federal law and/or the amount and allocation of federal funding for scientific research.  The Committee’s goal is to maximize the efficient and effective use of federal tax dollars intended to advance the progress of science without regard to non-scientific considerations such as a fear that certain types of scientifically justified research may lead to costly state investigations and adverse political pressure,” Chairman Smith explains. The committee’s inquiry is valid because it satisfies a three-prong test articulated by the Supreme Court, is consistent with the Tenth Amendment, and adheres to longstanding congressional practice in recognizing common law and state statutory privileges at its discretion. For the American scientific enterprise to remain successful and for federal funding of scientific research to be most effective, it is necessary that scientists are free to pursue research and intellectual inquiry in accordance with scientific principles without fear of reprisal, harassment, or undue burden. “If businesses believe that the research they fund can be mischaracterized for political or ideological reasons and used to build cases of fraud against the company, they will have a powerful incentive to cease funding that research and instead to direct their funds elsewhere.  This, in fact, may be your goal. “Similarly, if scientists believe that their industry-sponsored research, or discussions with industry about research funded by other sources, will be subpoenaed if it is in disagreement with the beliefs and preferences of state officials or advocacy groups, they will have a powerful incentive to cease conducting that research or disseminating the results of their research to all interested parties.  Maybe this is your goal, too,” today’s letter states. Today’s letter to Attorney General Healey can be found here.  Read More

Smith Letter to Attorney General Healey on objections to subpoena

2016/08/24

The letter can be found HERE. Read More

Smith Refutes Attorney General Schneiderman’s Objections to Subpoena

2016/08/23

WASHINGTON – Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today sent a letter to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in response to his objections to the committee’s validly-issued subpoena served and accepted on July 13. Today’s letter states the committee finds Attorney General Schneiderman’s objections without merit. “The Committee is conducting an investigation to determine whether the actions of your office are having an adverse impact on federally-funded scientific research.  If such an adverse impact is discovered, the Committee may consider changes to federal law and/or the amount and allocation of federal funding for scientific research.  The Committee’s goal is to maximize the efficient and effective use of federal tax dollars intended to advance the progress of science without regard to non-scientific considerations such as a fear that certain types of scientifically justified research may lead to costly state investigations and adverse political pressure,” Chairman Smith explains. The Committee’s inquiry is lawful because it satisfies a three-prong test articulated by the Supreme Court, and is consistent with the Tenth and First Amendments. For the American scientific enterprise to remain successful and for federal funding of scientific research to be most effective, it is necessary that scientists are free to pursue research and intellectual inquiry in accordance with scientific principles without fear of reprisal, harassment, or undue burden. “If businesses believe that the research they fund can be mischaracterized for political or ideological reasons and used to build cases of fraud against the company, they will have a powerful incentive to cease funding that research and instead to direct their funds elsewhere.  This, in fact, may be your goal. “Similarly, if scientists believe that their industry-sponsored research, or discussions with industry about research funded by other sources, will be subpoenaed if it is in disagreement with the beliefs and preferences of state officials or advocacy groups, they will have a powerful incentive to cease conducting that research or disseminating the results of their research to all interested parties.  Maybe this is your goal, too,” today’s letter states. Today’s letter to Attorney General Schneiderman can be found here.  Read More

Smith Letter to Attorney General Schneiderman on objections to subpoena

2016/08/23

The letter can be found HERE. Read More

Smith, With Support of Johnson, Issues Subpoenas to Hillary Clinton’s Private Email Server Companies

2016/08/22

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee issued subpoenas today with the support of U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, to three companies that provided software and services to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that played a role in maintaining her private email server. This bicameral effort builds on the request for information sent to the companies on July 12 by both Smith and Johnson. “Companies providing services to Secretary Hillary Clinton’s private email account and server are not above the law,” said Smith.  “These companies have failed to comply with our committee’s request for documents and interviews that would provide information critical to understanding Secretary Clinton’s private server and informing policy changes in how to prevent similar email arrangements in the future. The committee is issuing subpoenas to obtain the information necessary to answer questions about the structure and security of the email system and whether or not the cybersecurity standards and measures used to protect information stored on Secretary Clinton’s private server were in accord with NIST standards.  The committee is also concerned about the preservation of the records on Secretary Clinton’s private server.  Our committee plans to provide the American people with the transparency they deserve from our government leaders and the systems used to secure operations.” “I strongly support Chairman Smith’s decision to subpoena the three companies, which is why I co-signed the cover letter accompanying each subpoena,” said Johnson. “The companies have direct and unique knowledge of her private server and email account. The information being sought is a crucial step in bringing greater transparency to Secretary Clinton’s ‘extremely careless’ — I would call it dangerously reckless and grossly negligent — email practices. I hope the information we will obtain will inform policy changes that can prevent similar misconduct in the future.” Full copies of the letters can be found here: Letter to Mr. Austin McChord, CEO, Datto, Inc. Letter to Mr. Victor Nappe, CEO, SECNAP Network Security Corp. Letter to Mr. Treve Suazo, CEO, Platte River Networks Read More

Letters to Hillary Clinton’s Private Email Server Companies

2016/08/22

Letter to Mr. Austin McChord, CEO, Datto, Inc. Letter to Mr. Victor Nappe, CEO, SECNAP Network Security Corp. Letter to Mr. Treve Suazo, CEO, Platte River Networks Read More

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