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Oct 15, 2019 Hearing

Note Location:

Bloomfield Public Schools Early Childhood Center at Forest Glen
280 Davey Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003

Sep 26, 2019 Opening Statement
Thank you, Chairwoman Sherrill, for holding this hearing on the growing problem of disinformation on social media.
 
We all know that photos these days can be digitally altered so easily that it’s all but impossible to tell what’s real and what’s not.
 
There’s now a growing problem where audio and video can be altered so convincingly that it can appear that someone has said or done something that never happened. These deepfakes can be produced more and more easily.
 
Sep 26, 2019 Opening Statement

Good Afternoon and thank you, Chairwoman Sherrill, for convening this important hearing.

We are here today to explore technologies that enable online disinformation. We’ll look at trends and emerging technology in this field, and consider research strategies that can help to detect and combat sophisticated deceptions and so-called “deepfakes.”

Disinformation is not new. It has been used throughout history to influence and mislead people.

Jul 17, 2019 Opening Statement

We are here to discuss the importance of scientific integrity policies within federal agencies.

The value of integrity and transparency in federal science enterprise cannot be understated.

Scientific findings are often relied upon by policymakers to make important decisions that affect the lives of millions of Americans.

But to maintain the public’s trust, there must be a high degree of integrity and transparency in the scientific process.

Jul 17, 2019 Opening Statement

In science, carrying out our work with integrity is a bedrock principle. 

To quote a National Academies report on the responsible conduct of research: “The public will support science only if it can trust the scientists and institutions that conduct research.”

We must have rigorous policies on scientific integrity, research misconduct, conflict of interest, and data transparency. This instills public trust and confidence in taxpayer funded research.

Jul 16, 2019 Opening Statement

Thank you, Chairwoman Sherrill and Chairwoman Fletcher, for convening this hearing.

We are here today to discuss the current state of federal advisory committees, specifically at the EPA, and the appointment process for these committees.

Unfortunately, this hearing is less of a discussion, rather just another example of partisan politics. By limiting the scope of this hearing “specifically” to the EPA, the majority has prevented us from conducting oversight of other agencies within our jurisdiction.

Jul 16, 2019 Opening Statement

Thank you for holding this hearing, Chairwoman Sherrill and Ranking Member Norman.

First and foremost, I’d like to address what seems to be the elephant in the room: President Trump’s Executive Order on Federal Advisory Committees. While not explicitly stated as part of the purpose for this hearing, I think we can all see the majority’s intention is to make this hearing a chance for former EPA advisory members to defend the charter of their committee.