“Burke’s acknowledgement of wrongdoing to an Arizona court underscores the importance of ongoing federal court litigation the House Oversight Committee is pursuing as a result of the bipartisan 2012 vote to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for refusing to produce subpoenaed documents. These documents will shed light on the nature of the Department’s false denials of improper conduct and its response to Congress, including misconduct of which Dennis Burke was aware, that Attorney General Holder refused to discuss with Congress.”
“Due to the decision of the Obama Administration to launch the exchanges on October 1, 2013, before states could properly test their systems and government security experts could properly review security documentation and address known problems, the personal information of millions of Americans who have sought to obtain coverage through the exchanges was put at risk ,” the letters, sent Tuesday and signed by Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Subcommittee Chairman James Lankford, R-Okla., and Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio., state. “We write to provide you with information pertinent to the citizens of your state as well as to request your assistance with the Committee’s ongoing oversight.”
“First, the Committee formally rejected her Fifth Amendment claims and expressly advised her of its determination (a fact that she, through her attorney, acknowledged prior to her appearance at the reconvened hearing on March 5, 2014),” the counsel writes, referring to the June 28, 2013 vote that determined Lerner had waived her Fifth Amendment rights. “Second, the Committee Chairman thereafter advised Ms. Lerner in writing that the Committee expected her to answer its questions, and advised her orally, at the reconvened hearing on March 5, 2014, that she faced the possibility of being held in contempt of Congress if she continued to decline to provide answers.”
“Only by opening up government spending data can we see exactly what our government is doing with our money. No other data set is as central to government management and transparency. At the same time, making all federal spending information useful by publishing it in a machine readable format can boost economic growth and create jobs. Companies will be able to analyze government data against other data sets, allowing them to add value and sell their services to a wide variety of businesses,” said Rep. Issa.
WASHINGTON – Today, in advance of Wednesday’s hearing on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)’s inappropriate targeting of conservative groups, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., sent a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen detailing specific and longstanding priority document requests the agency has still not fulfilled….
Letter Raises Possibility of Subpoena for Federal Real Property Documents WASHINGTON – House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., raised the possibility of subpoenaing the Office of Management and Budget for documents related to federal real property holdings, which the agency promised to produce in December 2011 but still has…
WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, March 26th, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., will convene a hearing on the IRS targeting scandal entitled, “Examining the IRS Response to the Targeting Scandal.” This hearing will address the IRS’s response to the targeting scandal, including its compliance with…
On March 14, 2014, Chairman Issa, Subcommittee Chairman James Lankford, R-Okla., and Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, sent a letter to EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins, Jr. requesting an investigation into the EPA’s decision to rely on a rarely-used provision of the Clean Water Act to preemptively veto the proposed Pebble Project.
“For over eight months, the Committee has sought to carry out its oversight obligations in concert with the Department of Justice’s law-enforcement duties,” wrote Chairman Issa and Chairman Jordan. “At every stage, the Department has refused to fully cooperate with the Committee.”
“The Committee is concerned that, as part of its role in the law’s implementation, the Department of Treasury is intentionally disregarding core statutory requirements of the law,” the letter, sent on March 18th and signed by Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Subcommittee Chairman James Lankford, R-Okla., and Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, states. “These concerns are compounded by serious questions about the constitutionality of the Department’s actions.”