OP-EDs


January 7, 2014
Another View: There is plenty of evidence that an al-Qaida affiliate was involved in Benghazi attack

With a New York Times story on the Benghazi terrorist attack fresh off the press, The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board quickly took issue with a factual assertion I have made many times and repeated the morning the story ran: “There was a group that was involved that claims an affiliation with al-Qaida.”…

December 15, 2013
Pete Sessions and Darrell Issa: Who are these Obamacare navigators?

To help the American people navigate the onerous and confusing requirements of signing up for Obamacare exchanges, the administration spent millions of taxpayer dollars to create the navigator program. Disturbingly, news reports from the last four weeks have highlighted numerous examples of fraudulent activity related to health navigators in Texas….

August 6, 2013
The IRS Scandal’s Inconsistencies

By Darrell Issa and Dave Camp Just three months ago, Lois G. Lerner, a senior official in the IRS’s tax-exempt organizations division, publicly admitted that the agency targeted taxpayers because of their political beliefs. Until that point, despite years of inquiries from Congress, the IRS had continued to deny that it was targeting taxpayers,…

April 16, 2013
Make Cybersecurity a Top Priority

Issa and Cummings: Our bipartisan legislation will address the shortcomings of FISMA by incorporating recent technological innovations. It will also enhance and strengthen the current framework that protects federal information technology systems.

December 28, 2012
Washington Spenders Flunk Basic Math

Issa: Raising Taxes Won’t Avoid Fiscal Cliff. This isn’t about fairness and unfairness. It’s about taxing and spending, and the federal government has spent enough.

December 21, 2012
“Lingering Questions on Benghazi” in Foreign Policy

Americans deserve the full truth, writes Issa: “When the sworn testimony of State Department officials is undercut by an independent review like the ARB’s, it damages the reputation and credibility of the State Department as a whole. Until the full truth about the security failures in Benghazi finally sees the light of day, questions will continue to be raised and the process of learning from this tragedy will be hindered by the petty secrets the State Department has deemed too sensitive to disclose.”

December 15, 2012
Fiscal Cliff? No, It’s A Tax Mountain

Issa: “When you break it down, it’s pretty simple. Next month, everyone’s taxes will go up. Republicans in Congress are fighting for tax cuts that will benefit 100 percent of taxpayers and for a meaningful reduction in government spending that will address the true root causes of our fiscal instability. The only real question is whether or not Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi will allow us to go over the fiscal cliff because they didn’t get 100 percent of what they wanted.”

November 28, 2012
New STEM visa law could transform U.S. economy

For years, foreign students have come to the United States seeking the benefits of the first-class, world-class higher-education systems we offer. They receive the STEM skills they need to revolutionize industries, transform economies and create an untold number of jobs.
Yet our broken visa system has exported those skills and jobs out of the United States allowing other nations to benefit from the education these students received here.

November 14, 2012
Making Government Suck Less

My job as Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is to innovate government and hold it accountable to taxpayers. Reform is inherently disruptive, and often demands speaking unpleasant truths to the powerful in Washington. That’s why, just before taking the stage at the PDF, I announced contempt charges against Attorney General Eric Holder for stonewalling the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious. A shocking contrast? To some in the crowd, probably. But since joining the fight to stop SOPA in Congress, I’ve had many head-spinning days like this.

September 20, 2012
Crafting 21st Century Information Technology Reform

The federal government currently spends $81 billion each year on information technology, yet its use and deployment of IT is full of duplication and failure. At a time when we are facing record deficits and our national debt has exceeded GDP, it has never been more important for government IT acquisition to maximize the American taxpayer’s return on investment, reduce operational risk and provide value to citizens. Yet, because of the antiquated way the government defines its requirements and acquires IT, we are wasting billions of taxpayer dollars each year on failed programs.