Press Releases

Jun 1, 2015

Majority Leader, Chairmen Bishop, Chaffetz, Calvert Urge President to Nominate Permanent Inspector General at Interior

For more than six years the Department of the Interior (DOI) has been without a permanent Inspector General which has “reduced the Department’s efficiency and deprived taxpayers from fully realizing the benefits of a strong inspector general,” according to key lawmakers in the House.   Today, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Natural Resources ...

May 29, 2015

Oversight Committee Issues Subpoena to IRS Official for FOIA Hearing

“Compelling a witness to testify under subpoena is not the preference of this Committee.” WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ahead of next week’s Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) declined an invitation to allow Mary Howard, the Director of Privacy, Governmental Liaison, and Disclosure, to testify before the Committee. Chairman Jason Chaffetz sent a 

May 21, 2015

House Committee Chairmen Request Information on Aliens in U.S. with Possible Terrorist Connections

WASHINGTON — United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently disclosed that aliens with terrorist connections may be attempting to take advantage of the United States’ asylum system. Addressing those concerns, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Oversight National Security Subcommittee Chairman Ron DeSantis (R-FL), and House Judiciary Immigration and Border ...

May 18, 2015

Chaffetz, Bishop, Lummis, McClintock, & Gosar Call on the BLM to Suspend the Merger of Arizona and New Mexico State Offices

WASHINGTON—Addressing media reports that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is considering merging the New Mexico and Arizona state offices, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Oversight Interior Subcommittee Chairman Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Natural Resources Federal Lands Subcommittee Chairman Tom McClintock (R-CA), and House Oversight Interior Subcommittee Member Paul Gosar ...

May 14, 2015

Hearing Wrap Up: House Oversight Hearing on USSS IG Report on March 4th WH Incident

HOUSE OVERSIGHT FULL COMMMITTEE HEARING U.S. Secret Service: Accountability for March 4, 2015 Incident Witness: John Roth, Inspector General, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Takeaways: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) inconsistently applies disciplinary action to ...

May 14, 2015

Rep. Hurd’s Bill to Ensure Fair Pay for Border Patrol Agents Passes the House

WASHINGTON—Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation [H.R. 2252] authored by Congressman Will Hurd (TX-23) that clarifies the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) fundamental misunderstanding of the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014. The bill, which was approved by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee this ...

May 14, 2015

Chaffetz, Cummings Statement on New DHS IG Report of March 4, 2015 White House Incident

WASHINGTON – Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) released the following statement in reaction to the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General report on the investigation into the March 4, 2015 incident at the White House Complex. “Having reviewed the IG’s report, we continue to believe that a major cultural overhaul is essential to restoring the Secret Service to its former ...

May 13, 2015

Chairman Chaffetz Issues Statement on Amtrak Incident in Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON— House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (UT-03) issued the following statement in response to the Amtrak derailment that occurred late Tuesday evening on May 12th in Pennsylvania: “The news coming out of Pennsylvania regarding the Amtrak derailment is heartbreaking. Nearly 30 million people ride Amtrak each year and they should board the trains knowing that safety is a paramount priority. Rail safety is something we take very seriously ...

May 13, 2015

Hearing: “Transportation Security: Are Our Airports Safe?”

Opening Statement Chairman Jason Chaffetz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjyBdbtXq-A “Airport security is pivotal to our nation’s safety and security. We appreciate the thousands of men and women that serve at the TSA.”   “One of the things that stuck out to me in the 9-11 Report is that often government lacks imagination. Terrorists and would-be nefarious characters who want to do harm will often be more creative than security personnel. It’s good that ...

May 13, 2015

Oversight Passes Bill to Ensure Fair Pay for Border Patrol Agents

WASHINGTON—Today the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a markup of [H.R. 2252], authored by Congressman Will Hurd (TX-23). The legislation passed out of the Committee with bipartisan support. Specifically, H.R. 2252 clarifies components of a new pay scale for U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) agents by making clear to the Department of Homeland ...