Randy Hultgren

Randy Hultgren


Hultgren Hosting Coffee with the Congressman in Sycamore on Tuesday


Campton Hills, IL – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) will host Coffee with the Congressman at Shawn’s Coffee Shop in Sycamore on Tuesday, May 3 at 8:00 a.m. CT to meet and talk directly with residents about their concerns and discuss the best ways he can provide solutions to those concerns in Congress.

“The best ideas and solutions I bring to Washington are right here from residents in the 14th District. As your representative in Congress, I encourage you to join me for a cup of coffee so I can meet you, hear what’s on your mind and look for ways to help,” said Rep. Hultgren.

Rep. Hultgren recently hosted a series of Traveling Help Desks to help his constituents in Sugar Grove, Yorkville and Geneva and has traveled throughout the 14th District, highlighting the work of local officials, businesses and schools.


Coffee with the Congressman


Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14)
Residents of Sycamore and the surrounding areas


Tuesday, May 3, 2016
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. CT


Shawn’s Coffee Shop and Gourmet Deli
204 Somonauk St,
Sycamore, IL 60178


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Expired Painkillers or other Prescription Drugs? Drop them off on Saturday


Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today urged all residents of Illinois’ 14th Congressional District—including those in DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties—to “take back” their expired, unused and unwanted prescription medicines to authorized disposal sites throughout northern Illinois on Saturday, April 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Medicines that languish in medicine cabinets at home and assisted living facilities, including powerful opioid painkillers, are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.

To find a nearby collection site, please click here. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous.)

“Each year, thousands of pounds of unused or expired prescription drugs of all kinds are collected on drug take-back day, but even more languish in home medicine cabinets,” said Rep. Hultgren. “When most abused prescription drugs are obtained or taken from family and friends, I urge the community to bring in all unwanted or unused drugs to a nearby site for proper disposal to ensure these drugs are not abused.”

Rep. Hultgren has cosponsored H.R. 3680, the Co-Prescribing to Reduce Overdoses Act of 2015, which would help reduce drug overdoses across the country by giving at-risk patients better access to lifesaving overdose reversal drugs. H.R. 3680 would encourage and train health care providers to prescribe overdose reversal drugs, such as Naloxone, when they prescribe common opioids—like pain medication—to patients at risk of addiction.

“The plague of opioid overdose deaths in Illinois and across the nation is disturbing, but there are ways to combat this trend as we saw at my Community Leadership Forum on Heroin Prevention. Already many communities in northern Illinois are seeing the positive effects of first responder access to drugs that can reverse opioid overdoses,” said Rep. Hultgren. “We should encourage health care providers to ensure family members and friends of those who receive opioid medications—which are highly addictive—can help save the lives of their loved ones and steer them on a course away from addiction.”

Co-prescribing is a practice in which patients who already have a prescription for opioid medication would qualify for another prescription of reversal drugs as long as they meet certain criteria. Having already suffered from surgery, ailment, or addiction, patients would be preserved from the further harm of an overdose. H.R. 3680 is supported by the American Medical Association, the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the Harm Reduction Coalition.

Rep. Hultgren has been a leader in the fight to stop the epidemic of heroin and opioid abuse:

  • In 2014, he convened a Community Leadership Forum on Heroin Prevention in Geneva, Illinois and released a community action plan based on the forum discussions aimed at developing a community-based solution to the epidemic. Many communities are implementing the recommendations put forth.
  • He submitted the plan to both Governor Quinn's Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force and the House Bipartisan Task Force on the Heroin Crisis, as well as to Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) who has investigated the issue.
  • The National Association of REALTORS® has recognized Rep. Hultgren for his recommendation to encourage homeowners to take proactive steps to secure prescription drugs prior to public open houses.
  • He has continued to support encourage community-wide efforts across the district, such as the Heroin Solutions Forum held at the VFW Overseas Post 1197 in Batavia.


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Hultgren: Angel Investors are Key to Successful Business Startups


Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14), member of the House Financial Services Committee, today supported House passage (325 to 89) of H.R. 4498, the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups (HALOS) Act, a bill he cosponsored. The bill frees up angel investors to consider supporting a startup business venture in its early stages without having to be subject to burdensome regulations that discourage potential investment.

Angel investors provide early-stage capital for a startup, so access to the broadest pool of potential investors is vitally important for smaller companies.

Angel Investors are Key to Successful Business Startups
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Following are excerpts from Rep. Hultgren’s prepared remarks:

“Chicago is recognized nationally as a hub for angel investors…These innovators oftentimes have a simple idea that can be life-changing, but financing these ideas so they can become a reality is harder than you might think.”

“Angel investors play a key role in the earliest stages of these startups; they provide the initial round of funding to help get these life-changing ideas off the ground. Start-ups are the job creators that drive our economy, make life-changing medical breakthroughs, and harness technology to accomplish the impossible.”

“…University of Illinois’s Research Park told me that this bill would address some of the unintended consequences of the JOBS Act and crowdfunding, which could make things like the Cozad New Venture Competition, Urbana-Champaign Angel Network (UCAN) angel presentations, our Share the Vision Technology Showcase, pitch practice at EnterpriseWorks, and other public forums for startups in Illinois problematic. They want to encourage showcasing our startups, without fear of these programs constituting a formal fundraising solicitation to report to the SEC.”

H.R. 4498 directs the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to amend Regulation D Rule 506(c), so that it explicitly exempts events sponsored by angel investors, e.g., “demo days”, from being considered a general solicitation.

The bill further clarifies that the general solicitation limitations do not apply:

  • To a presentation, communication, or event conducted on behalf of an issuer at an event sponsored by certain organizations;
  • Where any advertising for the event does not reference any specific offering of securities by the issuer; or
  • Where no specific information regarding an offering of securities by the issuer is communicated or distributed by or on behalf of the issuer.


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Hultgren Statement on Sentencing of Former Speaker Hastert


Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today released a statement following the sentencing of former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert:

“In his autobiography, Speaker Hastert recalled that a favorite coach of his taught him ‘a lesson I’ve tried to remember ever since: There’s never sufficient reason to try to strip away another person’s dignity.’ Today, from his own mouth,  Speaker Hastert confirmed his abominable sexual abuse of innocent, vulnerable children in our community —stripping away their dignity while he was in a position of trusted authority and a respected community leader. His decades-long cover-up is over. My heart goes out to the victims, survivors and their families. I am in awe of the strength and courage of those who stood up, broke their silence, faced their abuser and said enough is enough. My prayers are with the survivors and my fellow residents in Kendall County as they continue their journey of healing.”


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Foodservice Distributors Honor Congressman Hultgren with Thomas Jefferson Award for Dedication to Free Enterprise


Washington, DC – To honor his dedication to free enterprise, U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) has been named a recipient of the International Foodservice Distributors Association’s (IFDA) Thomas Jefferson Award.  The Award honors Senators and Members of Congress who have positive voting records during the 114th Congress on critical issues that contribute to the growth and prosperity of the foodservice distribution industry and the national economy.

Foodservice Distributors Honor Congressman Hultgren with Thomas Jefferson Award
(Rep. Randy Hultgren presented IFDA Thomas Jefferson Award by Mark S. Allen, President & CEO of IFDA)

Representative Hultgren’s votes in the 114th Congress demonstrate a belief in the free market system and commitment to stimulating economic growth through strengthening the private sector. “The foodservice distribution industry is pleased to thank Representative Hultgren for supporting policies that will help our members grow their businesses,” said IFDA President and CEO Mark S. Allen. “We appreciate Representative Hultgren’s support for our industry.”

“Illinois is proud to host a number of IFDA’s large members including Dot Foods, Gordon Food Service, Reinhart Foodservice, and U.S. Foods,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Businesses like these provide valuable jobs to Illinois workers and increase our capacity to export fresh meats, produce, dry goods, frozen products and more—produced right here in Illinois.”

Hultgren is a three-time consecutive recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award, foodservice distribution industry’s way of recognizing and thanking legislators who are committed to the Jeffersonian vision of a strong free enterprise system with limited government involvement in the economy.

During his first inaugural address, Thomas Jefferson articulated his vision of free enterprise stating: “A wise and frugal government…shall leave men…free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.”

The award itself is a custom-crafted replica of Jefferson standing in his Memorial, framed by his four pillars of prosperity: agriculture, manufactures, commerce, and navigation.


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FAA’s bid to expand air traffic hiring pool hits turbulence



A revamped hiring process for federal air traffic controllers that the government says is designed to broaden the applicant pool is being assailed by critics who say it has resulted in the selection of candidates with no experience over graduates of rigorous aviation programs.

The Federal Aviation Administration says it changed the process and added a personality test, called the Biographical Questionnaire, as the first hurdle in hiring controllers in order to get the best possible job candidates.

The test, officials said, measures risk tolerance, dependability, cooperation, resilience, stress tolerance and other traits. It was developed through years of research to predict pass rates at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City, the agency’s principal training facility, and whether a controller will be certified at his or her first air traffic site.

Controllers nationwide direct tens of thousands of daily flights in a busy and complex airspace, managing separation between airplanes that travel at hundreds of miles per hour. They make split-second decisions based on weather and other factors. As of May 2015, the annual mean wage for an air traffic controller in New York was $133,050, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.The test asks questions about personality, education and high school grades, according to people who have taken it.

The exam is open to anyone who is an English-speaking U.S. citizen with a high school diploma and some work history. No aviation experience is required. Those who pass are eligible to move to the next step in the process of becoming an air traffic controller — taking the air traffic standardized aptitude test, or AT-SAT.

Those applicants had to pass the eight-hour AT-SAT and sit for an interview before being accepted into the 17-week FAA Academy. On-the-job training typically occurs at their first facility, and it can take about two years of that training to become a certified professional controller.Before the FAA changed the hiring protocol in 2014, the majority of new air traffic control hires had served as controllers in the military or graduated from an FAA-approved Collegiate Training Initiative program — resulting in associate’s or bachelor’s degrees — and were given preference in hiring because of that experience.

Since 2014, any applicants with aviation degrees or military service are now on equal footing with people without any experience, because the first step to being hired means passing the questionnaire.

In some cases, applicants with no experience are passing the questionnaire while those with academic training degrees are not, according to the Association of Collegiate Training Institutions, a group of 24 CTI schools lobbying against the FAA’s current hiring policy.

“I have a couple of students who actually were air traffic controllers in the military and failed that test,” said Tom Daly, dean of Dowling College’s School of Aviation, which is one of 36 CTI schools but is not in the lobbying coalition. “How could you be an air traffic controller for five years, very successfully, and fail that test?”

Those who pass go on to take the AT-SAT. If they pass that, they can be selected for the FAA Academy, subject to medical and background checks. Those who fail the questionnaire must wait until the next time the FAA hires — usually once a year — to retake it. Applicants can continue to retake the questionnaire if they fail it, but there is an age limit of 31 for new air traffic control hires.

The change in hiring has angered Collegiate Training Initiative graduates, especially those who had already scored well on the AT-SAT and were on a preferred hiring list when the FAA announced it would make the change. A federal reverse discrimination lawsuit has been filed by the Mountain States Legal Foundation, a nonprofit law group from Colorado, and its lawyers are seeking class-action status.

Lawyers estimate they could have as many as 3,000 plaintiffs who suffered from reverse discrimination, arguing the new hiring process was adopted to increase diversity in the controller workforce.

“We have a statement from a leading FAA official that we quoted in the complaint, and he said that they made this decision in order to increase diversity,” said attorney Jeffrey McCoy, referring to a statement made by FAA public affairs specialist Tony Molinaro.The lawsuit’s lead plaintiff, Andrew J. Brigida, said he has two aviation degrees and got a perfect score on the AT-SAT, but failed the questionnaire twice and has not been able to enter the academy.

“The FAA said if you go to a CTI school and you pass the AT-SAT that you will be eligible to go to training, and then after they had done that, the FAA disqualified them not because of their skills, but because they made a decision based on race,” McCoy said.

The FAA said Molinaro’s statement was ill-informed and mistaken and said in a statement that it makes hires solely based on merit, not “on gender or racial goals.”

Two years in, the new process has significantly increased the representation of women and minorities in hiring, the agency said, but a spokeswoman could not provide figures on the percentage of certified controllers who are women or minorities.

A change was needed because the old hiring process was no longer capable of predicting success in future controllers, the FAA said. One benefit of the questionnaire, the agency said in a statement, is it has “little adverse effect on any discrete group or subgroup of test-takers.”A 2014 FAA report on using biographical data to hire controllers said the AT-SAT has been problematic in the past because it “has been found to be a hiring ‘barrier’ for African-American, Hispanic/Latino, and female applicants.”

Using biodata from the questionnaire — such as information about high school GPA, work and life experience, and work habits — to sift through and eliminate candidates also cuts down on the cost of administering the AT-SAT, the FAA said.

The FAA report said the strongest predictors of success are a high score on the AT-SAT, in which 70 percent is considered passing, and the trainee’s age — the younger, the better. After accounting for those factors, the report found trainees with college degrees were no more likely to succeed in controller training than those without.

And the qualities that lead to success in a CTI degree program, the FAA said, aren’t the same as those tested with the combination of the AT-SAT and Biographical Questionnaire. The AT-SAT measures cognitive abilities, skills and knowledge of air traffic control scenarios. The questionnaire seeks information on work habits, education and other factors the FAA says correlate with success.

According to 2015 FAA data obtained by the Association of Collegiate Training Institutions, a larger percentage of white applicants passed the test than any other defined racial group. Almost 31 percent of the 10,384 white people who took it passed in 2015, compared with 26 percent of those who said they were multiethnic, 24 percent of Hispanics, and about 21 percent of African-Americans, Asians and American Indians.

Enrollment at some Collegiate Training Initiative schools has dropped since the questionnaire began to be given, program directors said.

“Most of the schools across the board have seen a decline in enrollment overall, we’ve all seen a decline because again there’s no incentive on the back end to get hired,” said Sam Fischer, president of the Association of Collegiate Training Institutions and head of the CTI program at Florida State College in Jacksonville. “We’ve seen a decrease in enrollment, but I think the students we have are the motivated ones.”

Members of the House of Representatives have supported a proposed measure to end using the questionnaire. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.) and with bipartisan support from 28 members, would end the FAA’s use of the questionnaire to screen applicants, and revert to previous hiring practices, giving preference to military controllers and CTI graduates.

In addition, the inspector general for the Department of Transportation is investigating the FAA’s justification for adopting the questionnaire and the changes it created in the hiring pool. That report is due this spring, a spokesman for Hultgren said.

One former Collegiate Training Initiative school student, who did not want to be identified because he still hopes to become an air traffic controller, said he has taken the questionnaire twice and failed both times.

“It’s a lot of money I pretty much threw away. . . . If I would have known, I would have gone to school for something else,” said the student, who works in a Northeast air traffic control facility.

FAA officials say the questionnaire is fair to CTI graduates. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said 65 percent of the class that got tentative job offers in 2014, the first year the questionnaire was offered, were CTI graduates, military or had aviation backgrounds. Collegiate Training Initiative graduates also got tentative offers at three times the rate of other applicants that year, Huerta said.

The new hiring practice was adopted during what the controllers union has called a “crisis level” staffing shortage. Controller numbers have fallen 10 percent since 2011 to about 10,800 fully certified controllers nationwide as of September 2015, the union said, and many facilities that manage the most congested airspace are below minimum requirements — New York’s Terminal Radar Approach Control center in Westbury had 150 certified controllers when the minimum range for staffing is 173, according to a January government watchdog audit.

One-third of controllers are also eligible to retire, with a mandatory retirement age of 56. The FAA has said it is working to hire several thousand additional controllers over the next several years to offset future retirements.

Minimum requirements for air traffic control hires:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must start at the FAA Academy no later than your 31st birthday
  • Must pass a medical examination and security investigation
  • Must have three years of “progressively responsible” work experience, or a bachelor’s degree, or a combination of work and postsecondary schooling that equals three years
  • Must pass the FAA air traffic pre-employment tests
  • Air traffic control specialists have a mandatory retirement age of 56.

Source: FAA

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Hultgren Introduces Legislation to Protect Sensitive Financial Information of Homeowners


Washington, DC — U.S. Representatives Randy Hultgren (IL-14) Andy Barr (KY-06) and Mia Love (UT-04) have introduced legislation to protect against the misuse of consumers’ sensitive financial information. The federal government is already making sensitive mortgage information available online and has plans to more than double the information that is published—putting even more personal information at risk of abuse.

H.R. 4993, the Homeowner Information Privacy Protection Act (HIPPA), would require the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a study regarding the impact on consumer privacy resulting from information made publicly available under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA).

“My constituents do not want their sensitive information, such as credit scores, exposed to the world on an obscure page of a government website, but this is exactly what the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is proposing,” said Rep. Hultgren. “The Bureau says such data would be protected. But experts agree that connecting the dots between such ‘anonymized’ information and the specific individual is too easy and puts their information and finances at risk of abuse. Federal regulators should not put the personal information of American homeowners at unnecessary risk. The Homeowner Information Privacy Protection Act requires an independent study to ensure Americans are protected before regulators make new information available to the public.”

Homeowner Information Privacy Protection Act (H.R. 4993)
The Homeowner Information Privacy Protection Act (HIPPA) requires the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a study regarding the impact on consumer privacy resulting from new information collected under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) by covered banks and credit unions as required by an October 2015 final rule from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) before any of this information can be made publicly available. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) will study the probability of exposure of mortgage applicants to identity theft and emotional distress if information is made public, and will look at potential legal liability facing the Bureau as a result.

Sounding the Alarm on Consumer Privacy
Even before the information being collected about mortgage applicants more than doubled last year, academics and policymakers raised privacy concerns:

“Approximately 95 percent of loan records are ‘unique,’ meaning loan amount and census tract can be attributed to a single person. With a cross match to private lien transfer records, one can identify these individuals in 95 percent of the cases.”

Glenn Canner, former Federal Reserve Board Senior Advisor in March 14, 2005 speech

“Privacy in HMDA data: there is none.”

 Anthony Yezer, Director of the Center for Economic Research at the George Washington University

“If all information reported on the LAR [Loan Application Register] were publicly disclosed in an unedited format, some information could potentially be used to identify individual applications and borrowers and possibly harm their privacy interests.”

Small Business Review Panel Report for Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Rulemaking

The CFPB finalized a rule on October 15, 2015, mandating a number of additional reporting requirements about mortgage information. The final rule adds 25 new data points and modifies 14 others in addition to the existing nine data fields that lenders were already required to report under HMDA. Some of this data includes borrower age, credit score, property value, and interest rate. New data will be collected starting January 1, 2018 and reported March 1, 2019. The final rule does not stipulate what information will be made publicly available.


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Hultgren Praises Passage of Update to Frank Wolf Legislation to Protect Religious Minorities Globally


Washington, DC – In light of the disturbing increase of persecution of religious minorities throughout the world, U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) praised the unanimous passage today of a bill he cosponsored, H.R. 1150, the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act of 2015, out of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. The bill mitigates religious persecutions by providing enhanced training and tools for diplomats to counter extremism in the Middle East and globally.

“My former colleague and mentor Frank Wolf produced one of the most important legislative protections for religious minorities around the world: the International Religious Freedom Act. Unfortunately, while attacks on religious liberty are on the rise, the administration has fallen short in incorporating the provisions and recommendations the law lays out to protect people of faith,” said Rep. Hultgren. “H.R. 1150 builds upon IRFA with targeted provisions to ensure religious liberty is a central component of our nation’s foreign policy. Massacres of Kenyan and Pakistani Christians and ongoing persecution of religious minorities by the Islamic State remind us that upholding religious liberty requires strong voices to defend it everywhere. Updating IRFA moves us closer to the goal of extending that liberty worldwide.”

H.R. 1150 is named for retired Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA), a tireless defender of International Religious Freedom and the sponsor of the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) of 1998, a landmark piece of legislation which obligates Congress and the President to consider religious freedom while formulating U.S. foreign policy. H.R. 1150 updates two key entities created by the original law:

  • An Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom in the State Department.
    • UPDATE: H.R. 1150 would raise the Ambassador’s status to ensure that this person functions as a principal advisor to the Secretary of State.
  • Special Advisor on International Religious Freedom within the National Security Council.
    • UPDATE: H.R. 1150 would require the President to make the appointment.

Additionally, H.R. 1150:

  • Authorizes the President to take specified action against persons who carry out, or support, violence against religious groups.
  • Provides mandatory training on religious freedom for all Foreign Service officers.
  • Declares the sense of Congress that ongoing and persistent waivers for designated countries, especially those engaging in particularly severe violations of religious freedom, do not fulfill IRFA purposes.
  • Declares the sense of Congress that the President, the Secretary, and other executive branch officials, in consultation with Congress, should seek to find ways to address existing violations, on a country-by-country basis, through specified actions.

At a hearing on “Confronting the Genocide of Religious Minorities: A Way Forward” this week, Rep. Hultgren welcomed Congressman Wolf back to the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, which he once chaired.

Rep. Hultgren is also a cosponsor of H.Res. 139, a resolution condemning violence against religious minorities in the Middle East.


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Hultgren to IRS: Where’s the Accountability?


Washington, DC — At a Research and Technology Subcommittee hearing today titled, “Can the IRS Protect Taxpayers’ Personal Information?,” U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) questioned IRS Commissioner John Koskinen about the effectiveness of the agency’s ability to protect the personal information of taxpayers given its “abysmal” record of accountability and transparency. A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report highlights severe cybersecurity vulnerabilities at the agency which could expose taxpayers’ most sensitive data to hackers and cyber criminals. The IRS has failed to fully implement 94 outstanding GAO cybersecurity recommendations.

"In the real world, one would lose their job if they had not taken the necessary steps to ensure customer records are kept private. Small businesses are threatened everyday by regulators if they aren't in compliance with laws and regulations. The IRS must be held to the same level of accountability as the rest of America, "said Rep. Hultgren.

Click the picture below to see Commissioner Koskinen’s response:

Hultgren to IRS: Where’s the Accountability?
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The Science, Space and Technology Committee has jurisdiction over the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) which governs, among other things, the cybersecurity standards of all non-defense government agencies.

Following are excerpts of Rep. Hultgren’s remarks:

For industry, [NIST standards] are a minimal, voluntary floor for our security. It seems to me, however, that an agency can just ignore these rules, placing massive amounts of sensitive private information of my constituents at risk.

Mr. Koskinen, in a regular business, someone is usually responsible to accomplish their task and held responsible for their failure to do so. IRS has an abysmal record in holding their officials accountable, as we all saw with the Lois Lerner incident a few years back. If you don’t get fired for discriminating against political organizations and destroying evidence, I don’t know how you would at IRS.

Mr. Wilshusen spoke about the enforcement actions at the federal government and said he did not know that OMB has ever taken any action. I appreciate your seemingly lamenting statement about the burden of mandates, such as Obamacare, have on your agency, but all agencies are strapped. And I think keeping my constituents private information safe should be one of the highest priorities you have.

What internal actions have you taken considering you are still non-compliant with basic NIST and OMB standards?


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Time for Government to Come Clean about Student Debt Crisis, says Hultgren at Congressional Hearing


Washington, DC — At a Republican Policy Committee (RPC) hearing on college affordability and the student debt crisis today, U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) delivered a statement urging the federal government to take a hard look at the current structure of student loan programs, come clean about their risks to taxpayers, consider reforms to avoid economic ruin and ensure students and parents have proper information about loan repayment.

Titled “Millennials and the GOP: College Completion, Flexibility, and Affordability for an Emerging Generation,” the hearing was streamed live. Following are Rep. Hultgren’s statement and key excerpts:

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On education and opportunity:

“I am blessed to have four wonderful children...I want to make sure they have the opportunities my parents helped make available to me, but the increasing cost of college is daunting to say the least.”

“Today we are talking about much more than higher education, we are talking about the teachers, doctors, mechanics, and scientists that will lead our country in the 21st Century.”

Taxpayers are on the hook for trillions:

“We need to be having a more serious conversation in Washington about what $1.2 trillion in federal student loan debt means for both borrowers and taxpayers…43 percent of the roughly 22 million Americans with federal student loans were either behind or received permission to postpone payments due to economic hardship as of January 1 of this year.”

“Under the Federal Credit Reform Act, the government makes about $88 billion over the 10 year budget window from 2014 to 2024, but under Fair Value Accounting it actually loses $135 billion.”

Students and parents need information on loan repayment and career outlook:

“I think we have a responsibility to make sure students and their families are getting the information they need when making the decision to take out student loans…I also believe we owe it to our nation’s youth to provide them with an education that will prepare them to enter the workforce and put them on strong financial footing.”

“My youngest son, Kole, has become heavily involved with robotics competitions. Experiencing his passion for technology firsthand only makes me more excited about expanding STEM education in our colleges and schools—and encouraging students to pursue those careers. It’s also comforting to know that his passion for STEM courses will likely lead him to a successful career.”


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Born and raised in Illinois, and having spent more than 15 years serving Illinois and its citizens at multiple levels of government, Congressman Randy Hultgren represents the state’s 14th Congressional District. The district is comprised of seven suburban counties including McHenry, Lake, Kendall, Kane, DuPage, DeKalb and Will.

In Washington, Congressman Hultgren has committed himself to working for fiscal sanity, real healthcare reform, and pro-growth policies that will put Americans back to work. In the current 113th Congress, Randy serves on the Financial Services and Space, Science & Technology Committees.

Randy was elected to the DuPage County Board and County Forest Preserve Board in 1994, to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1999, and to the Illinois Senate in 2007. At every level, he has fought for prosperity and free enterprise and for smaller, smarter government.

Randy served on the Financial Institutions Committees in the Illinois House and Senate and is credentialed in FINRA Series 7, 6 and 63. He later became a Vice President at Performance Trust Investment Advisors in Chicago.

Randy was born March 1, 1966 in Park Ridge, Illinois. He graduated from Bethel College in 1988 and later attended Chicago-Kent College of Law, graduating in 1993. He currently resides in Winfield with his wife, Christy, and four children.

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