Releases


April 16, 2014
Issa and Jordan on New Documents Discussing Potential Prosecution of Tax Exempt Groups

“The release of new documents underscores the political nature of IRS Tea Party targeting and the extent to which supposed apolitical officials took direction from elected Democrats,” said Chairman Issa. “These e-mails are part of an overwhelming body of evidence that political pressure from prominent Democrats led to the targeting of Americans for their political beliefs.”

April 10, 2014
Issa Statement on the Resignation of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Kathleen Sebelius had a supremely difficult job implementing a law as unpopular and unwieldy as ObamaCare. Her tenure as the head of the Department of Health and Human Services may be at an end, but Americans will be dealing with the repercussions of the president’s health law for a very long time.

Senate Advances DATA Act Compromise

“The American taxpayer deserves to know when, where and how his or her money is spent,” said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and lead sponsor of the DATA Act in the House of Representatives. “Without accurate, timely, program by program spending data, we will never be able to truly track federal spending, which is the only way we can address the massive amount of waste and fraud in government. I am proud of the bill we are advancing because it lays the foundation for a digital revolution in how we govern. I applaud the Senate’s action today, and I will work with my House colleagues to send this bipartisan, bicameral compromise to the President’s desk.”

Oversight Committee Approves Lois Lerner Contempt of Congress Resolution

“Today, the Oversight Committee upheld its obligation to pursue the truth about the IRS targeting of Americans because of their political beliefs,” said Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. “Our investigation has found that former IRS Exempt Organizations division Director Lois Lerner played a central role in the targeting scandal and then failed to meet her legal obligations to answer questions after she waived her right not to testify. In demanding answers and holding a powerful government official accountable for her failure to meet her legal obligations, this Committee did its job. If the House takes up and passes the resolution, the matter will be referred to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, which statute requires he take to a grand jury.”

April 9, 2014
New IRS E-mails: Lois Lerner Funneled Elijah Cummings Info on Targeted Conservative Group

Ranking Democrat previously denied his staff contacted the IRS about group True the Vote WASHINGTON – Newly delivered internal IRS e-mails sent and received by former IRS Exempt Organizations Director Lois Lerner and other IRS employees show that House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Minority staff, working for Ranking Member…

April 8, 2014
Oversight Committee Releases Lois Lerner Contempt Report

“Lois Lerner’s testimony is critical to the Committee’s investigation,” the report states. “Without her testimony, the full extent of the IRS’s targeting of Tea Party applications cannot be known, and the Committee will be unable to fully complete its work.” As Director of the Exempt Organizations business divisions of the IRS during the relevant period, Ms. Lerner “has unique, first-hand knowledge of how, and why, the IRS scrutinized applications for tax-exempt status from certain conservative-aligned groups.”

Lankford and Speier Release Bipartisan Social Security Disability Recommendations

“The Subcommittee’s work has uncovered significant management and implementation problems with federal disability programs that deserve to be addressed in a bipartisan fashion. Because the program will be insolvent in two years, the Social Security Administration needs to take immediate action with authority it already has to address shortcomings with its policies and management. We are committed to continuing to work together to ensure that the programs protect the truly disabled and to holding the agency accountable for its stewardship and management of these taxpayer-funded programs.”

April 7, 2014
Issa, Jordan Question FSOC Asset Management Study

WASHINGTON – Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, pressed Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew for more information about the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s (FSOC) interaction with other financial agencies, after concerns were raised about the group’s usage of the Office…

OMB to Testify on Postal Service Cost Cutting Provisions in the President’s Budget

WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) today announced that Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Deputy Director Brian Deese will testify Tuesday at the full committee hearing titled, “The President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal for the Postal Service.” The hearing will examine President…

New Oversight Report Debunks Myth that Liberal Groups were Targeted by IRS

“[T]he Administration and congressional Democrats have seized upon the notion that the IRS’s targeting was not just limited to conservative applicants,” the report states. “These Democratic claims are flat-out wrong and have no basis in any thorough examination of the facts. Yet, the Administration’s chief defenders continue to make these assertions in a concerted effort to deflect and distract from the truth about the IRS’s targeting of tax-exempt applicants.”