House Subcommittee will Dig into Department’s Spending
By Jennifer Koons | April 5, 2013 3:17 pm

The Department of Justice’s spending practices will be scrutinized when Congress returns from recess next week.

The House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations will hold a hearing on “Luxury Jets and Empty Prisons: Wasteful and Duplicative Spending” at the Department of Justice.

Jim Sensenbrenner

As the title of the hearing implies, the subcommittee intends to question department officials about about examples of wasteful spending that have been the subject of past GOP criticism, including the department’s acquisition of Thomson Correctional Center in Illinois.

“DOJ spent $165 million to purchase this prison, even though the Bureau of Prisons already had four brand new federal prisons waiting to be put to use,” according to a joint statement released late last month by Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), chairman of the crime, terrorism, Homeland Security, and investigations subcommittee.

The committee has not released a witness list, but it is likely that department personnel and representatives from the Inspector General’s Office and Government Accountability Office will be asked to testify.

The hearing will take place on April 10 at 10 a.m. in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building.

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