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United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

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The United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs is the chief oversight committee of the United States Senate. It has jurisdiction over matters related to the Department of Homeland Security and other homeland security concerns, as well as the functioning of the government itself, including the National Archives, budget and accounting measures other than appropriations, the Census, the federal civil service, the affairs of the District of Columbia and the United States Postal Service. It was called the United States Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs before homeland security was added to its responsibilities in 2004.[3] It serves as the Senate's chief investigative and oversight committee. Its chair is the only Senate committee chair who can issue subpoenas without a committee vote.

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Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
Standing committee
United States Senate
118th Congress
FormedOctober 9, 2004[1]
SucceededCommittee on the District of Columbia (1816)
Committee on Post Office and Civil Service (1816)
Committee on Retrenchment (1842)
Committee on Expenditures in the Executive Departments (1921)
Committee on Government Operations (1952)
Committee on Governmental Affairs (1978)[2]
ChairGary Peters (D)
Since February 3, 2021
Ranking memberRand Paul (R)
Since February 2, 2023
Seats15 members
Political partiesMajority (8)
  •   Democratic (7)
  •   Independent (1)
Minority (7)
Policy areasAccounting standards, Census, Compliance audit, Federal civil service, Federal Protective Service, Federal statistics, Financial audit, Freedom of information, Government of the District of Columbia, Governmental accounting, Homeland security, Mail, National archives, Nuclear export policy, Organization and reorganization of the executive branch of government, Performance audit, Public procurement, Records management, United States budget process
Oversight authorityCybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Government Accountability Office, Federal Emergency Management Agency, General Services Administration, National Archives and Records Administration, Office of E-Government & Information Technology, Office of Federal Financial Management, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Postal Regulatory Commission, United States Capitol Police, United States Census Bureau, United States Office of Management and Budget, United States Office of Personnel Management, United States Postal Service, United States Secret Service, Washington, D.C., White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
House counterpartHouse Committee on Homeland Security, House Committee on Oversight and Reform
Meeting place
340 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C.
    In 2011, U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee then-Chairman Joe Lieberman and then-Ranking Member Susan Collins address bipartisan suggestion on countermeasures toward domestic terrorism and Jihadist extremism in the United States