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July 24, 2014
Oversight Requests Justice Department Documents on Mortgage-Backed Securities Settlements

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., today sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder regarding oversight of the Department of Justice’s litigation policy with respect to large financial institutions accused but not convicted or adjudicated of illegal conduct in conjunction with the financial crisis. “On…

Oversight Releases Resolution Rejecting White House Claim of Immunity for Political Office Director David Simas

“I urge Mr. Simas to appear, but the White House has offered us no indication that it intends to accept our offer. What are they afraid of? The Director of the political office in the Bush Administration testified before this Committee, we know that there have been high-level Hatch Act violations under President Obama, and a federal judge has already rejected claims that an official like Mr. Simas enjoys a special immunity above and beyond Executive privilege. I expect our Committee will reject President Obama’s assertion that his White House should be afforded special treatment that House Democrats did not extend to Republican Administrations when they were in the majority.”

July 23, 2014
McKinsey Report: $288 Million Social Security Disability IT Program Failing to Deliver, Lacks Leadership

Independent analysis advises “reset” for SSA Disability computer system years behind schedule Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements Chairman James Lankford, R-Okla., pressed…

July 22, 2014
Chairman Issa’s Observations on Oversight Committee’s Border Crisis Codel to Central America

Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) recently led a bipartisan delegation of Committee Members to Central America to understand the recent border crisis involving unaccompanied children illegally entering the United States.  During the fact finding mission, from Thursday July 17th to Sunday July 20th, Members traveled to…

Testimony: IRS Needed Only Two Days to Confirm Lerner Hard Drive Crash

“The Committee has obtained information that senior IRS leadership knew in February 2014 that e-mails on Ms. Lerner’s hard drive were unrecoverable,” Issa and Jordan write in today’s letter. “The IRS’s failure to disclose in a timely manner that it had destroyed evidence critical to congressional and criminal investigations is further reason that a special prosecutor is needed to thoroughly and independently investigate all facets of the IRS targeting.”

Issa Statement on Federal Circuit Court Upholding Challenge to Obamacare

“The court’s decision is consistent with the Committee’s oversight, which through multiple briefings and hearings, learned that neither the Internal Revenue Service nor the Treasury Department conducted a serious or thorough analysis of the statute or the legislative history and intent prior to cobbling an ad hoc legal rationale for a key provision of the President’s healthcare law,” said Chairman Issa. “The Committee’s findings were the reason that I signed onto an amicus brief to invalidate the IRS rule which unlawfully expanded Obamacare’s spending and taxes.”

July 21, 2014
New Testimony: IRS May Still Have Missing Lois Lerner E-mails Backed Up

“I’m struck by the fact that the IRS attempted to keep a key witness like Mr. Kane away from investigators and only agreed to his appearance after I issued a subpoena for his testimony. Finding out that IRS Commissioner Koskinen jumped the gun in reporting to Congress that the IRS ‘confirmed’ all back-up tapes had been destroyed makes me even more suspicious of why he waited months to inform Congress about lost Lois Lerner e-mails. Commissioner Koskinen has repeatedly blamed the reporting delay on an effort to be sure what he said was correct, we now know that wasn’t the case.”

July 18, 2014
Issa, Grassley: Independent Review Needed of Suspect Gun Database Used in Operation Fast and Furious

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, have asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to update a 1996 report by re-examining all current systems and subsystems maintained by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) that contain…

Committee Offers White House Political Office Director David Simas Second Chance to Avoid Constitutional Clash

Issa pledges Committee will respect valid assertions of privilege if questions implicate protected presidential communications Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), in a letter to White House Counsel Neil Eggleston, offered White House political office Director David Simas a second chance to testify and avoid…

July 17, 2014
Issa, Jordan, Woodall Probe FDA’s Giveaway to Trial Lawyers

“FDA developed the proposed rule to ensure manufacturers of generic drugs would face liability, and resulting litigation, by establishing a process for generic drug manufacturers to change their label without prior FDA approval,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter. “It seems to us that the proposed rule is not designed to address a health or safety related concern, instead it is designed to placate special interests groups and increase lawsuits.”