Feb 7, 2012

Full Committee Business Meeting

Legislative Action H.R. 3813, the "Securing Annuities for Federal Employees Act of 2012" Rep. Ross' Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute (ANS) was agreed to, as amended, by voice vote. Rep. Cummings' amendment to Rep. Ross' ANS was defeated by voice vote. Rep. Holmes Norton's amendment to Rep. Ross' ANS was defeated by voice ...

  • Full Oversight Committee
Feb 2, 2012

Fast & Furious: Management Failures at the Department of Justice

  Chairman Issa Hearing Preview Statement Over the past year, the ATF program known as Operation Fast and Furious has been the subject of a joint investigation by this committee and Sen. Chuck Grassley, who serves as the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. When this investigation began, the Department of Justice took the position that allegations by whistleblowers about reckless tactics and decision making in this operation were ...

  • Full Oversight Committee
Feb 1, 2012

Uncharted Territory: What are the Consequences of President Obama’s Unprecedented ‘Recess’ Appointments?

Chairman Darrell Issa Hearing Preview Statement If the United States Senate can pass a bill and send it to the President for his signature, it is clearly not in recess. But a "recess" is exactly what President Obama has argued in justifying four recent appointments. Today, the committee will assess the answer to that question and others by reviewing the process and law regarding recess appointments made by President Obama and their legal ...

  • Full Oversight Committee
Dec 14, 2011

HHS and the Catholic Church: Examining the Politicization of Grants (minority day of hearing)

Chairman Issa Hearing Preview Statement We all agree victims of human trafficking and related crimes deserve the best services that case providers can offer. Today's hearing and our preceding December 1 hearing on this subject were called to focus attention on this important issue. It is my hope that this hearing continues the process of shedding light on an important process, as well as the essential services that providers deliver to these ...

  • Full Oversight Committee
Dec 14, 2011

The Leadership of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Chairman Issa Hearing Preview Statement This hearing will focus on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in the wake of reports that the NRC's Chairman has abused his office and mismanaged his responsibilities to the detriment of the commission's critical work. The concerns about the Chairman are shared amongst the four commissioners – two Democrats and two Republicans. Three of the four were appointed by President Obama. Their joint complaints are not about ...

  • Full Oversight Committee
Dec 1, 2011

HHS and the Catholic Church: Examining the Politicization of Grants

Chairman Issa Hearing Preview Statement The Obama Administration has pledged to be the most transparent in history. Unfortunately, today, we are presented with an example of how that goal is not being met and an opportunity to understand how the federal grant-making process has been politicized. The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has begun an investigation into the process used by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee ...

  • Full Oversight Committee
Nov 16, 2011

Pay for Performance: Should Fannie and Freddie Executives Be Receiving Millions In Bonuses?

Chairman Issa Hearing Preview Statement This hearing will examine the validity of bonuses paid out to executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In the aftermath of the financial crisis, President Obama offered direct and pointed criticism of entities that received taxpayer dollars but continued to pay executives millions of dollars in compensation and bonuses calling the payments "obscene" and "shameful." Since entering a conservatorship status, Fannie and ...

  • Full Oversight Committee
Nov 14, 2011

Delphi Pension Fallout: Federal Government Picked Winners & Losers, So Who Won and Who Lost?

Chairman Issa Preview Hearing Statement Today’s hearing will examine what happened with the Delphi Pension plan in the midst of the federal government’s bailout of General Motors in 2009.  While the pensions of unionized Delphi workers were largely protected as Delphi went through bankruptcy thanks to guarantees coming from the federal government/GM, non-union salaried Delphi employees saw their pensions greatly reduced.   Delphi – originally a ...

  • Full Oversight Committee
Nov 1, 2011

Lights Out II: Another Look at EPA’s Utility MACT Rule

Chairman Issa Preview Hearing Statement Affordable and reliable energy has fueled our economic growth for a century. Businesses, consumers, inventors, and entrepreneurs have all relied on cheap energy in order to create new products and services, which they in turn use to creates jobs and grow the economy. But today, government regulators are poised to enact a new set of rules that could dramatically increase the cost that consumers and job creators pay for ...

  • Full Oversight Committee
Oct 4, 2011

Where is the Peace Dividend? Examining the Final Report to Congress of the Commission on Wartime Contracting

Chairman Issa Hearing Preview Statement Today we welcome Congressman Christopher Shays – a former member of this committee, Mr. Michael Thibault, who co-chaired the commission's work with Congressman Shays, and other members of the Commission on Wartime Contracting. In August, they released a final report with alarming findings about waste and abuse that occurred in Iraq and Afghanistan. Over the course of 2 years, the Commission has conducted 25 hearings, ...

  • Full Oversight Committee