Releases


January 14, 2014
House Unanimously Passes More Good Government Reforms

“Accountability must occur on every level of government,” said House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. on the passage of these bills. “Tools must be available for agencies to help themselves to meet the taxpayer’s standard of accountability, in addition to the watchful eye of Congress.”

Issa Statement on D.C. Circuit Court’s Net Neutrality Ruling

“I agree with the decision overruling the FCC’s flawed reasoning on net neutrality. The government’s restrictions on the free flow of information were a substitution of one concerning approach to address another. Over the last 20 years, the Internet has become a bastion for free speech and innovation. The last thing we need is ill conceived and shortsighted regulation that restricts its continued growth. Overregulation is certainly not the only significant threat to the Internet. There must be a vigilant effort to defend the free flow of information.”

January 13, 2014
Issa and Jordan Respond to Report that FBI Does Not Expect Criminal Charges in IRS Targeting Investigation

“Anonymous – and apparently politically motivated – leaks from unnamed law enforcement officials further undermine the public assurances by the current and former FBI directors that this is a legitimate investigation. These leaks come after the Justice Department, citing the confidential nature of the investigation, refused to brief Congress on its progress and congressional investigators independently discovered that a high dollar contributor to the Obama Administration failed to recuse herself. These revelations further undermine the credibility of the Attorney General Holder and the Justice Department under his leadership. Given the circumstances, there is little reason for the American people to have confidence in this investigation.”

January 12, 2014
Issa Statement on the Passing of Ariel Sharon

“I am saddened by the passing of Ariel Sharon. He was a tough military leader in times of conflict and as prime minister, he was determined and consistent. I first met Sharon in 2001 and I quickly understood the depth of his love for his country. He was instrumental in developing our relationship with Israel and fostered continued diplomatic ties with the US and other nations.”

January 10, 2014
Issa, Grassley, Goodlatte Demand Answers on ATF’s Nationwide Undercover Operations

“We are appalled by ATF agents’ lack of judgment in recruiting juveniles and developmentally disabled individuals.”

Issa Statement on Passage of Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act

“The truth is that actual interviews and depositions taken of the highest ranking people that helped develop the website, both public and private, show there was no end-to-end testing [on HealthCare.gov]. It did not meet the spirit of any definition of a secure website,” Issa said.

January 9, 2014
Obama Political Donor Leading FBI Investigation of IRS Targeting

“It is unbelievable that the Department would choose such an individual to examine the federal government’s systematic targeting and harassment of organizations opposed to the President’s policies,” the letter continues. “At the very least, Ms. Bosserman’s involvement is highly inappropriate and has compromised the Administration’s investigation of the IRS.”

January 8, 2014
Issa Challenges Sebelius on False, Misleading Statements on HealthCare.gov Security

“Providing false or misleading testimony to Congress is a serious matter,” Issa writes. “Documents and testimony obtained by the Committee, including information provided by Teresa Fryer, the Chief Information Security Officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the MITRE Corporation, a contractor hired by HHS to conduct security assessments of healthcare.gov, show that your testimony was false and misleading.”

January 7, 2014
FACT SHEET: HealthCare.gov Launch: Security Vulnerabilities and Lack of Testing Put Personal Information of Site Users at Risk

CMS top security official testified that she recommended denying the authority to launch HealthCare.gov but other officials decided to go ahead anyway.  Teresa Fryer, The Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), testified in a transcribed interview with House Oversight and Government Reform…

January 2, 2014
Issa Introduces Bill to Restore COLAs For Military Retirees While Doubling Savings

“This legislation will restore Cost-of-Living Adjustments for our military retirees and not only replace the savings but nearly triple them– saving $17 billion over 10 years according to conservative USPS estimates. This common sense reform will help restore the cash-strapped Postal Service to long-term solvency and is supported by the President and key Congressional leaders in both chambers.”