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Oversight staff turnover

Feb 28, 2023
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House Natural Resources Republicans are hiring new oversight staff after key investigators left for other committees.

Why it matters: Republicans want to aggressively investigate the Biden administration’s climate policies but a key panel is going through some staffing churn.

Driving the news: Sang Yi—chief investigator for Republicans on the panel’s oversight subcommittee—left the committee earlier this month, spokeswoman Rebekah Hoshiko confirmed to Jael.

  • Yi, who had that role since 2019, is now the GOP’s investigations director on the House Homeland Security Committee, according to LegiStorm.
  • The panel also recently lost Meghan Holland, who served as counsel on the Natural Resources oversight subcommittee. Holland is now on T&I, per LegiStorm.

Flashback: Republicans on the panel have big shoes to fill when it comes to overseeing the opposing party's energy policies.

The big picture: The committee's GOP leadership wants to investigate various Biden policies including the 30x30 initiative and efforts to fund mining projects in other countries.

  • Committee chairman Bruce Westerman told Jael he's interested in investigating — maybe even subpoenaing — environmental organizations.
  • Staffing up will be critical in that effort. But it's almost March and time is of the essence.

What they’re saying: Hoshiko said the panel has new oversight counsel starting "this week" and they are "actively vetting candidates" for a staff director position.

  • "In addition, all of our subcommittees have oversight responsibilities so no duty is being left idle," she said in an email.
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