Mike Howell is a Counsel for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s National Security Subcommittee. Mike co-led the yearlong, bipartisan investigation of the U.S. Secret Service which resulted in a unanimously approved 438-page report containing 29 recommendations for reform. Recently, Mike has prepared and staffed oversight hearings regarding the Administration’s messaging of the Iran Nuclear Deal, challenges related to Department of Defense whistleblower reprisal investigations, missteps in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's response to the 2016 floods in Baton Rouge, the dangers involved in transferring the remaining Guantanamo Bay detainees, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ bungled study into the efficacy of providing service dogs to veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Afghanistan reconstruction efforts, and the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) process for the outreach to and continued support of American victims of overseas terrorism and their families.
Prior to joining the House Oversight Committee in January 2015, Mike was a Counsel to Ranking Member Senator Johnson of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s Financial and Contracting Oversight Subcommittee. Mike conducted a bi-partisan investigation into the former Acting and Deputy Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The investigation resulted in a bipartisan report finding the DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) was not independent and called into question the Administration’s improper influence on DHS OIG’s investigation into Secret Service misconduct in Cartagena, Colombia. The former Acting and Deputy Inspector General resigned days before he was scheduled to testify before the Subcommittee. While with the Subcommittee, Mike was involved in oversight investigations and hearings regarding waste and abuse in National Guard’s advertising contract with NASCAR, contract management and whistleblower retaliation at Department of Energy nuclear cleanup sites, and fraud in an Army recruiting program (which was recently featured on 60 Minutes).
He is a graduate of Duke University and Emory Law School. While at Emory Law School, Mike held legal externships with the Federal Communications Commission OIG, DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DOJ Executive Office for Immigration Review, and two congressional offices. An Alexandria, Virginia native, Mike currently resides on Capitol Hill.