Releases


July 11, 2014
Oversight Committee Details State Department Efforts to Obstruct Benghazi Investigation in 37 Page Letter to Select Committee

“In response to your request, I am providing detailed background information regarding the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s outstanding Benghazi-related document requests to the Executive Branch, as well as the status of any Benghazi-related production and compliance issues,” wrote Issa to Gowdy. “To be precise, the Department has not provided a full and complete response to two subpoenas, nor has the Department provided all documents responsive to many written requests. Moreover, the Department used numerous tactics to obstruct this investigation.”

Oversight Hearing to Examine Campaign, Fund-Raising Role of White House Political Office

“In an effort to appease its political allies, the Obama Administration broadcast its intention to re-open a political office within the White House to assist in partisan election efforts and fundraising,” said Chairman Issa. “This follows a serious pattern of behavior at the highest levels of the Administration. Former Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and former Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, both members of President Obama’s cabinet, were faulted by the Office of Special Counsel for inappropriately using their offices in violation of the Hatch Act. This hearing will examine abuses of taxpayer funds for political gain and the level of White House commitment to preventing them.”

July 9, 2014
New E-mails Show Lerner Intentionally Sought to Hide Information from Congress

‘I was cautioning folks about email and how we have several occasions where Congress has asked for emails … we need to be cautious about what we say in emails’ he House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today released new e-mails at a hearing with IRS Commissioner John Koskinen showing…

July 7, 2014
Members Call on White House for Leadership Change at Chemical Safety Board

“[The Chemical Safety Board] has a vital public safety mission—to investigate industrial chemical accidents, report on the causes of the accidents and make recommendations to prevent future tragedies,” the lawmakers state in the letter. “Chairman Moure-Eraso’s leadership is making it difficult for the agency to fulfill its mission. Immediate change in CSB leadership is necessary to allow this besieged agency to heal and regain focus on its public safety mission.”

July 2, 2014
Issa Offers IRS Commissioner Opportunity to Amend Conflicting Lerner Testimony

Koskinen’s Statements at Hearing Contradict Lerner’s Atty Statements on Federal Records Act Compliance House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., today offered Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen a chance to amend his June 23rd testimony that former IRS official Lois Lerner followed the Federal Records Act,…

June 26, 2014
Issa and Chaffetz: Is State Department Embassy Design Putting Style Over Safety?

Issa & Chaffetz write, “It is our understanding the Department has decided to transition from a successful program of embassy construction based on a standard design to one focused more on unique design. The Committee is interested in the differences between the standard embassy design approach, which stresses security and functionality, versus a new ‘design excellence’ program, which stresses openness and innovation. In the words of former Under Secretary of State for Management, Grant Green, who presided over the Department’s standard design approach, which moved tens of thousands of people into newer, safer facilities, ‘If it takes longer, it’s going to cost more, and if it costs more and takes longer, it puts people at risk out there waiting for their embassy to be built.’”

Issa Statement on Supreme Court Ruling Striking Down NLRB Recess Appointments

“Today’s Supreme Court decision is encouraging for all who believe in the checks and balances enshrined in our nation’s constitution. The Court is right to reject the President’s political gamesmanship, which places the special interests of union bosses ahead of American workers and job creators. This unanimous decision makes it clear that President Obama acted without any legitimate authority and his power grab is outside any meaningful debate about the balance of power between the executive and legislative branches.”

June 24, 2014
Archivist of the United States: IRS “did not follow the law” in failing to report Lerner e-mail loss

In Q and A with Rep. Walberg, Archivist says IRS failed to comply with the Federal Records Act  During today’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, IRS Obstruction: Lois Lerner’s Missing E-mails, Part II, David Ferriero, the Archivist of the United States for the National Archives and Records Administration,…

June 23, 2014
Commissioner Admits No Evidence IRS Made Any Effort to Recover Lerner Emails from 6-month Backup Tapes

In Q and A with Rep. Chaffetz, Koskinen says agency did not pursue recovery because it was ‘costly’ House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., today convened a hearing with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen on the loss of former IRS official Lois Lerner’s email…

Oversight Subpoenas White House Attorney for Tuesday Testimony on Lerner Emails

Committee announces subpoena after White House Counsel’s office declines to make attorney who supervised IRS’s response to congressional inquiry available for testimony House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., today issued a subpoena to Ms. Jennifer O’Connor of the White House Counsel’s office for testimony on Tuesday,…