Releases


February 11, 2014
Report: D.C. Navy Yard Shooting Exposes Flaws in the Federal Security Clearance Process

“No legislation or congressional action can repair the damage that Aaron Alexis inflicted on both the families of his victims as well as the Nation as a whole,” the report states. “Nonetheless, Congress has a responsibility to investigate the process that permitted Aaron Alexis to receive and maintain a security clearance, and Congress must take steps to improve that process to prevent dangerous people from gaining access to secure federal facilities and information. Congress, [the Office of Personnel Management], the Department of Defense (DOD) and other federal agencies must work together to tighten this process and ensure that fewer individuals like Aaron Alexis slip through the cracks in the future.”

February 10, 2014
Oversight Committee Presses for Documents on Effort to Address OSC Findings of Abuses at the White House Office of Political Affairs

“Reestablishing OPA raises serious concerns about the illegal use of taxpayer funds to support congressional campaigns during the 2014 midterm elections,” said Issa in the letter. “The reasoning behind the Obama White House reopening OPA is particularly troubling,” the letter continues. “An ‘overtly partisan’ office in the White House that coordinates with congressional candidates seems to be precisely the type of ‘political boiler-room’ prohibited by the Hatch Act. In fact, OSC wrote in its Hatch Act report that ‘strategically supplying targeted candidates with administration support to secure electoral gains’ violates the Hatch Act.”

Issa Statement on ObamaCare Employer Mandate Delay

“The president’s repeated delays and arbitrary enforcement of his health care law cannot distract from the facts: this law has resulted in millions of Americans losing their insurance coverage, rising health care costs, and an estimated 2.5 million jobs that will be lost from the workforce,” said Chairman Issa. “The Administration’s ad hoc implementation of ObamaCare adds significant uncertainty to the economy and further hinders small businesses from expanding and creating jobs in the long run.”

February 5, 2014
Administration Did Not Adequately Review Health Law Before Expanding ObamaCare Subsidies, Report Finds

“The evidence gathered by the Committees indicates that neither IRS nor the Treasury Department conducted a serious or thorough analysis of the PPACA statute or the law’s legislative history with respect to the government’s authority to provide premium subsidies in exchanges established by the federal government,” the report states. “IRS and Treasury merely asserted that they possessed such authority without providing the Committees with evidence to indicate that they came to their conclusion through reasoned decision-making.”

ObamaCare CO-OPs Plagued with Legal, Financial Issues, Oversight Committee Report Finds

“The Committee’s ongoing oversight has identified instances in which HHS approved loans for companies with existing insolvency, personnel mismanagement, and legal issues,” the report states. “In addition, the Committee’s oversight has uncovered evidence that some companies attempted to influence the Administration to modify program eligibility requirements in the statute. The Committee has discovered communications that demonstrate a politically cozy relationship between company executives and the Obama Administration.”

February 4, 2014
Issa and Jordan to IRS Commissioner: Withdraw IRS Political Speech Rule

WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan today requested that Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen withdraw a proposed regulation limiting political speech by nonprofit organizations. The Committee’s investigation into the IRS’s targeting of conservative-tax exempt applicants has…

January 30, 2014
Oversight Presses US Navy for Documents on Contracting Abuses

“While I am pleased that you have recognized that the Navy’s contracting practices must change, I am concerned that these [internal] reviews will not go far enough.”

Issa Statement on the Retirement of Former Oversight Committee Chairman Henry Waxman

“Henry Waxman’s legacy in public service included significant efforts he undertook as a Member, Ranking Member, and finally Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. While I didn’t always agree with Chairman Waxman on matters of both policy and oversight tactics, his tenure helming the Committee set important precedents and innovated new investigative tools such as the use of subpoenas for closed-door depositions. A number issues he doggedly began to follow during his two years as Chairman such as the use of the White House Office of Political Affairs to advance partisan political agendas with taxpayer funds, the over-classification and pseudo-classification of information to hide embarrassing government blunders, and the problematic use of non-official e-mail accounts for official government business remain on the Committee’s agenda today. Even the Committee’s name reflects a change made under Chairman Waxman’s time leading the panel. After his long and distinguished career in Congress, I wish Henry the best in his well-earned retirement.”

January 28, 2014
Issa Recognizes National School Choice Week

“As we celebrate National School Choice Week, it is important that we continue to advocate for educational opportunities for students, no matter what their family income,” said Chairman Issa. “I am proud of the work of the Oversight Committee on behalf of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP), which has given thousands of low-income K-12 students in DC the chance to attend alternative private schools of their choice. DC OSP has empowered parents to provide their children with the educational approach that works best for them, rather than a one-size-fits-all system that keeps children in failing public schools. DC OSP should be praised as a model for the nation and not allowed to fade away under pressure from national teachers unions. I will continue to fight to keep the doors open to school choice for DC’s parents and students.”

January 27, 2014
Issa Statement on Stamp Rate Hike and Facility Closure Moratorium

“This week, the Postal Service’s unprecedented above-inflation rate hike goes into effect,” said Chairman Issa. “At the same time, the Postal Service just recently disclosed that it once again has decided to delay necessary cost-cutting reforms already in motion to appease the avowed opponents of postal reform. Relying solely on rate increases will not save the Postal Service from insolvency.”