Last week, U.S. Rep. Bill Foster was named the chair of the Science, Space and Technology Committee's Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight.
The subcommittee is empowered with investigative and oversight authority over all matters concerning non-defense federal research, according to a news release.
Foster, D-Naperville, touted his 24 years of experience working as a high-energy physicist and particle accelerator designer at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. He said he was proud to lead the subcommittee responsible for defending "scientific integrity."
"I know firsthand just how critical federal research is to our nation's ability to confront challenges and for supporting the innovation that maintains the competitiveness of our economy," Foster said in the release. "American science is being threatened from many directions, and government should be a productive and valuable partner in maintaining its integrity."
The House Science, Space and Technology Committee has jurisdiction over non-defense federal research and development, including the NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
It also has jurisdiction over research and development at the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Weather Service.