Press Releases

Sep 17, 2014

House Responds to IRS Abuses, Approves 5 Bills to Create Accountability

“Even as the Congressional investigation of IRS targeting continues, we have already evidence of abuses that necessitate reform. Congressman Tim Walberg’s bill, the SES Accountability Act, cracks down on abuses such as the practice of giving officials being fired for misconduct an extended vacation on paid administrative leave. Under Congressman Walberg’s proposal, senior leaders like IRS targeting figure Lois Lerner, would be required to repay taxpayers for salary received while on ...

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Sep 5, 2014

Sebelius, Solis Retreat from Hearing Invitation after OGR Dems Demanded Evidence of Hatch Act Violations

“The Oversight Committee Minority has yet again shown the American people that they’re not capable of conducting the oversight that is a necessary part of good government,” said Chairman Issa. “This Committee attempted to pursue the Minority’s expressed desire to see evidence of wrongdoing and exhaust other options of looking at White House coordination of problematic political activity, but it’s clear that the Minority’s claims of interest in real oversight are hollow.

Sep 5, 2014

Issa on Changing Number of IRS Officials Experiencing “Email Loss”: This Pattern Must Stop

“The so-called ‘most transparent administration in history’ has given Congress inconsistent information since the beginning of the targeting scandal,” said Chairman Issa. “First, the Administration denied that targeting was occurring, and then ‘rogue agents’ in a field office were blamed for the misconduct. Today, months into the congressional investigation, we’re still getting conflicting information. This time, it’s on the number of individuals who experienced email losses. ...

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Sep 4, 2014

Issa: CMS Head Tavenner to Testify on Woes

WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa  (R-Calif.) today announced that Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner must testify at the Oversight Committee on September 18th, 2014. This comes as news reports reveal that a hacker has ...

Sep 3, 2014

Issa: House will ‘Vigorously Oppose’ New DOJ Motion to Stay Judge’s Operation Fast and Furious Order

“Even after a judge issues an order, this Administration continues to pursue a strategy of delay and obstruction against Constitutionally mandated oversight and the principle of transparency,” said Chairman Issa. “Reckless conduct in a Justice Department operation contributed to the deaths of a Border Patrol agent and countless Mexican citizens, but this Administration continues to fight making a full account of what it knew and when it knew it – not to mention why and how it came to ...

Sep 2, 2014

House Oversight, Senate EPW Launch Investigation into Improper NRDC Influence Over EPA

“It appears that NRDC’s unprecedented access to high-level EPA officials allowed it to influence EPA policy decisions and achieve its own private agenda. Such collusive activities provide the NRDC, and their financial backers, with an inappropriate opportunity to wield the broad powers of the executive branch,” the Members wrote. “The fact that an ideological and partisan group drafted a rule that places a tremendous cost on everyday Americans through increased electricity prices is ...

Aug 26, 2014

Oversight Committee Seeks Answers from Labor Department on Wasteful Spending

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., requested yesterday that Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Thomas Perez provide documents and information related to wasteful spending and mismanagement at the Department of Labor. Information obtained by the Committee has raised questions ...

Aug 25, 2014

New Documents: Justice Dept’s IRS Representation Conducted by Former IRS Attorney Involved in Targeting of Conservatives Himself

“This new information about additional conflicts of interest within the Justice Department shows that almost every facet of the Department with an interest in the IRS targeting investigation is compromised,” the Chairmen wrote in the letter. “From the Civil Rights Division to the Public Integrity Section and the FBI, from the Tax Division to the Office of Legislative Affairs, the Justice Department has serious and wide-ranging conflicts of interest in its handling of the IRS targeting ...

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Aug 22, 2014

Issa Subpoenas White House for Political Office Documents

“On July 28, 2014, our staffs met at the White House to discuss a way forward. My staff made a number of proposals that would allow the Committee to get the information we need. For instance, to accommodate the White House’s stated concerns about having Mr. Simas testify publicly, my staff proposed that the Committee question Mr. Simas in a deposition setting. I also made that request in a letter dated July 24, 2014. To accommodate the White House’s stated concerns about producing ...

Aug 22, 2014

Issa, Jordan Urge Recovery of Millions in Federal Overpayments, Oversight of New York’s Mismanaged Medicaid Funds

“As a result of New York State’s long history of Medicaid mismanagement that inappropriately pass costs to federal taxpayers, we urge you to fully investigate the excessive Medicaid payments received by the two New York City hospitals identified by [the Government Accountability Office] and determine how long these hospitals have received inflated payment rates,” the congressmen write in the letter. “Additionally, CMS should recover additional overpayments owed federal taxpayers. At the ...