U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security, will convene a subcommittee hearing titled “Oversight of the Federal Trade Commission,” at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. Consistent with the committee’s oversight responsibilities, this hearing will examine the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) priorities in promoting competition and consumer protection, the ongoing innovation hearings and how changes in technology impact the agency, and whether the FTC should have expanded authority with respect to privacy and data security.
- The Honorable Joseph J. Simons, Chairman, Federal Trade Commission
- The Honorable Rohit Chopra, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
- The Honorable Noah Joshua Phillips, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
- The Honorable Rebecca Kelly Slaughter, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
- The Honorable Christine S. Wilson, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
*Witness list subject to change.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security
This hearing will take place in Russell Senate Office Building 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding this hearing. The FTC is America’s premier consumer protection agency. The Federal Trade Commission Act, passed in 1914, serves as the bedrock of American consumer protection law. The agency is tasked with policing and promoting competitive markets and with protecting consumers from unfair or deceptive acts or practices.
Despite its important mission and enormous mandate, the FTC remains a relatively small agency.
For years, I have consistently advocated that the FTC be provided more resources so that it can effectively do its job – particularly during an age when the American economy is becoming increasingly digitized and complex.
With a little over a thousand full-time employees, the FTC can only do so much to police a nineteen-trillion-dollar economy. It is my hope that Congress will finally step up to the plate and do the right thing by providing the FTC with increased funding and personnel to police the marketplace and protect American consumers from a myriad of scams, frauds and corporate practices that fleece them of their hard-earned money.
Let me also express my hope that the FTC continues to operate in a bipartisan, consensus manner. The commission has a long, proud history of bipartisanship. It’s a tradition from which other independent agencies should draw. Too often, agencies like the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) or the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) get mired in competing, individual ideological agendas. By and large, the FTC has avoided this kind of dysfunction, which has served the American consumer well. Quite frankly, Congress can also learn from the FTC’s history of bipartisan deliberation and cooperation.
Lastly, to the FTC commissioners before us here today, thank you for your public service. It’s been a privilege and honor to have worked closely with you during my four years as ranking member of the Commerce Committee.
Thank you again, Mr. Chairman, and I look forward to hearing from the commissioners.
Witness Panel 1
The Honorable Joseph J. SimonsChairmanFederal Trade Commission
The Honorable Rohit ChopraCommissionerFederal Trade Commission
The Honorable Noah Joshua PhillipsCommissionerFederal Trade Commission
The Honorable Rebecca Kelly SlaughterCommissionerFederal Trade Commission
The Honorable Christine S. WilsonCommissionerFederal Trade Commission