Republicans fail to subpoena White House official
A House hearing on the government's social media policy was briefly delayed Thursday when Republicans demanded the panel subpoena an Obama administration official to clarify policy on using private e-mail addresses to conduct official business.
The House Oversight subcommittee on information policy was meeting to discuss the government's use of Web 2.0 technology. It recessed at about 2:40 p.m. as Republican members motioned to subpoena White House deputy chief technology officer Beth Noveck or another official from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Committee Republicans, led by Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), want to know why White House deputy web chief Andrew McLaughlin used his personal Gmail account earlier this year to communicate with former colleagues at Google. The White House reprimanded McLaughlin in May and claimed the breach was inadvertent and had no effect on federal policy.
Members of both parties sat waiting as aides determined how to proceed. Republican motions to subpoena Noveck and adjourn the hearing failed on party line votes when the committee reconvened 15 minutes after the recess began.
“Every president" has tried to withhold witnesses, "… and we have to make sure that we use the power of oversight to make sure they adhere to rules and regulations," McHenry said. He accused Democrats of trying to protect the White House.
But committee chairman William L. Clay (D-Mo.) reminded McHenry that the hearing was about Web 2.0's impact on the Federal Records Act, which outlines records management for federal agencies, and not the Presidential Records Act, which outlines White House records management.
Archivist David S. Ferriero, General Services Administration Associate Administrator Dave McClure and two other witnesses were invited to testify on the government's use of social media and Web 2.0 tools, including Twitter, Facebook and cloud computing.
The committee originally scheduled the hearing for June 24, but postponed it until Thursday. Noveck was invited to testify in June, but not for today's hearing. Democratic committee staffers did not immediately return requests for comment. E-mails sent to Noveck and an aide seeking comment were not immediately returned.
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