U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today unveiled new tools featured on the Committee website that will allow the American people to submit questions for hearings and anonymously alert the Committee to instances of abuse and mismanagement in U.S. government agencies and programs. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"I am introducing two new features on our Foreign Affairs Committee website which will make it possible for the American people to directly participate in our proceedings.
"The first feature, which we have named "Your Seat on the Dais,' will allow members of the public to submit questions that they would like to have answered by witnesses testifying before our Committee. The Committee will review submissions and some of the questions will be selected by our Members, who will then ask the questions on behalf of the submitter during the hearing.
"We are also implementing a "Whistleblower' feature so that citizens and government officials can alert the Committee to any instances of waste or misconduct of which they may be aware.
"It is my hope that these new features will result in increased involvement and feedback from the American people in our Committee proceedings, and I welcome any ideas on how we can further improve and build on these new features going forward."
NOTE: The "Your Seat on the Dais" feature will be available for each Full Committee hearing beginning with the March 1st hearing entitled, "Assessing U.S. Foreign Policy Priorities and Needs Amidst Economic Challenges" with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. To view or utilize the new features, please visit the Committee website at http://www.foreignaffairs.house.gov.