Rep. James Lankford, R-OKC, named to head congressional panel

Subcommittee post gives Oklahoma City freshman input on government purchasing policies.
BY CHRIS CASTEEL ccasteel@opubco.com Published: January 19, 2011
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Freshman Rep. James Lankford on Tuesday was named the chairman of a subcommittee that will oversee some key aspects of government purchasing and the Freedom of Information Act.

Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, will head the subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform.

The subcommittee is part of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said Lankford “will be an excellent leader in our fight to protect the taxpayers and the job-creating private sector from the waste, fraud and abuse of their money.

“We cannot succeed without fundamental changes in how the government buys goods and services and unless we have complete, accurate and timely data.”

Lankford said increased scrutiny is needed “to make certain that taxpayer dollars aren't flying out the window.

“The status quo that requires states, cities and businesses to bear the financial weight of unfunded federal mandates must also come to an end,” he said.