House Committee on House Administration

Chair: Zoe Lofgren

0 Investigative Oversight Hearings

8 Policy/Legislative Hearings

25 Total Hearings

Last updated: Sept. 4, 2020, 2:59 p.m.

This small, nine-member committee oversees the day-to-day operations of the House of Representatives, in particular by setting the budgets for House committees and expenses for members. It is also responsible for oversight of federal elections, and at times has produced significant electoral reforms. In addition, it oversees such offices and institutions as the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, the Government Publishing Office, the Architect of the Capitol and the Capitol Police, which has 2,300 civilian and uniformed personnel, roughly twice the size of the police force of Cincinnati. The committee had two subcommittees during the 111th and 112th Congresses (2009-2012), one on elections and one on oversight, but they were abolished in the 113th Congress (2013-2014). It had no subcommittees during the 115th Congress (2017-18), but for the 116th Congress it re-established a subcommittee on elections.

In keeping with its largely administrative mandate and small size, the committee holds only a handful of hearings each year. It conducts almost no investigative oversight hearings. The 17 hearings it held in the 115th Congress under new Chair Gregg Harper (R, Miss.) were the second-highest in the period. It also held its only investigative oversight hearing of the 10-year-period, an examination of the Architect of the Capitol’s Inspector General’s office in May of 2017.


Chairs

111th Congress: Bob Brady (D-PA)

112th Congress: Dan Lungren (R-CA)

113th Congress: Candice Miller (R-MI)

114th Congress: Candice Miller (R-MI)

115th Congress: Gregg Harper (R-MS)

116th Congress: Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)


Current Congress

We are 95% of the way through the 116th Congress

House Committee on House Administration

0 Investigative Oversight Hearings; 0% historical maximum
8 Policy/Legislative Hearings; 80% historical maximum
25 Total Hearings; 100% historical maximum

Committee History

Number of Hearings
Investigative/Oversight Policy/Legislative Total Hearings
111th Congress 0 12 18
112th Congress 0 8 8
113th Congress 0 6 10
114th Congress 0 6 10
115th Congress 1 8 17
116th Congress* 0 8 25
Historical average 0.2 8.0 14.7

* Adjustments have been applied so that committees' grades are not lowered by the constraints on hearings caused by Covid-19 [oversight-index.thelugarcenter.org/covid-19-statement]

Number of Hearings

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Hearings held by the
House Committee on House Administration

Date Hearing Title Committee Category