Sunshine Week illuminates need for FOIA reform
Six years into what President Obama had pledged would be “the most transparent administration in history,” transparency advocates are giving the president mixed reviews. Last week, lawmakers, reporters, and government watchdog organizations on both sides of the aisle came together for Sunshine Week, an annual celebration of government transparency laws like the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Several watchdog groups released new reports for Sunshine Week highlighting problems with FOIA ...
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.” The editorial
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. So — who are these navigators and what is their role in Obamacare? To help answer that question, the House Committee on Oversight and Government ...
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 ...
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.
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.
“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 ...
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."
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.
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 ...