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Plaskett Named to House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Will use her background as a former prosecutor and Justice Department Attorney to assist important and high-profile committee

Washington, DC, January 23, 2015

Virgin Islands Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett on Thursday was among the small number of freshman lawmakers in congress to be named to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
 
Plaskett, a former Justice Department Attorney and Counsel to the House Ethics Committee said that she appreciated the leaders of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee appointing her to the high-profile committee in order to utilize her background and to assist Congress’ main investigative body.
 
“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on such an important committee. I believe that given my background as a former prosecutor and a Justice Department Attorney, I will be able to utilize that experience to best serve the Democratic Caucus and the Committee by providing insight and balance,” Plaskett said.
 
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform  has conducted investigations into the Internal Revenue Service, the housing and foreclosure crisis, and incidents of voter suppression and voter rights violations.
 
The members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, as a body also have primary Jurisdiction over the U.S. Postal Service, which Plaskett says, is a federal agency that is of great importance to many Virgin Islanders, and has asserted her strong commitment to ensuring the Virgin Islands is equally considered in any issues relating to postal service.
 
Plaskett’s appointment to the committee comes less than two weeks after being officially named to the House Committee on Agriculture.
 
Subcommittees to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform include the Subcommittee on:
•      Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs
•      Energy Policy, Healthcare and Entitlements
•      Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service, and Census
•      Government Operations
•      National Security

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