Releases


April 16, 2015
DHS, National Archives, & Chemical Safety Board Ranked Worst Places to Work

Chairman Meadows Launches Federal Employee Tip Line to Share Concerns WASHINGTON— House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations held a hearing today to examine the findings of the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS), which ranks federal employee satisfaction among government agencies. The report identifies the U.S. Department of…

April 15, 2015
House Passes Bill to Limit Hiring of Contractors that Refuse to Pay Federal Taxes

The Contracting and Tax Accountability Act [H.R. 1562], introduced by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, was approved by an overwhelming majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.This legislation would prohibit the award of contracts or grants to corporations or individuals with seriously delinquent tax debt “If…

Taxpayer Advocate Appears Before House Oversight Committee

he House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations, led by Chairman Mark Meadows (NC-11), today examined the findings included in the 2014 Taxpayer Advocate Annual Report. Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson testified on the details of the report [testimony]. The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS), an independent office within the…

Chaffetz and Cummings Introduce Bill to Modernize Payments to Former Presidents

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings introduced the Presidential Allowance Modernization Act [H.R. 1777]. This legislation updates the Former President’s Act of 1958, which governs annual pension payments and allowances for former U.S. Presidents and surviving spouses. The legislation introduced by Chairman…

House Oversight and Financial Services Chairs Statement on Future Ex-Im Indictments

WASHINGTON – According to the acting Inspector General of the Export-Import Bank, Michael McCarthy, future indictments surrounding the bank’s activities are possible, including additional indictments related to former loan officer Johnny Gutierrez. McCarthy made these comments to lawmakers during a joint House Financial Services and Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee hearing today. Upon hearing this…

House Oversight Committee Expresses No Confidence In DEA Administrator Leonhart

WASHINGTON— Today, after listening to testimony during yesterday’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on “DOJ IG: Handling of Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Allegations,” Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) joined with fellow committee Members in expressing no confidence in DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart. “After over a decade of…

Joint Hearing Wrap-Up – Oversight of Efforts to Reform Export-Import Bank of the United States

HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES AND OVERSIGHT JOINT SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING Financial Services Subcommittee on Monetary Policy, Chairman Bill Huizenga (R-MI)                 Oversight Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules, Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH)   Oversight of Efforts to Reform Export-Import Bank of the United States Witnesses: Fred P. Hochberg, Chairman & President, Export-Import…

April 14, 2015
Hearing Wrap Up: Identifying Duplicative and Redundant Programs Within the Federal Government

The 2015 Duplication Report released today by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), identifies areas of duplication, overlap, and fragmentation in federal programs. It also outlines opportunities for cost savings and revenue enhancements. This year’s report includes 66recommended actions to improve 24 areas within the federal government that operate ineffectively or inefficiently. Topics in the 2015 Report: …

Hearing Wrap-Up – DOJ IG: Handling of Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Allegations

Witnesses:  Michael Horowitz, Inspector General, US Department of Justice (DOJ) Kevin Perkins, Associate Deputy Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Michele Leonhart, Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)   CLICK HERE FOR HEARING MATERIALS Takeaways: DEA Administrator Leonhart claimed she is unable to fire agents who solicit prostitutes or engage in sexual misconduct,…

GAO Report Identifies Duplication in Federal Programs

Billions wasted each year on redundant, overlapping, fragmented services WASHINGTON— The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released its 2015 report to Congress identifying opportunities to reduce fragmentation, overlap, and duplication within the federal government. The GAO report presents 66 actions that the executive branch or Congress may take to make 24 areas within…