Press Releases

Mar 14, 2016

Oversight Leaders Seek to Shine Light on DOJ Office of Legal Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, kicking off Sunshine Week, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) sent a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) requesting documents to better understand the Office of Legal Counsel's (OLC) opinion-making process. OLC is responsible for authoring opinions that provide legal direction to executive branch agencies. Due to increasing FOIA requests, OLC is providing ...

Mar 2, 2016

Chaffetz, Cummings to Review Unredacted Jones Memos

Watch Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) discuss today’s announcement during a House Oversight hearing on Geolocation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzxE_rNnrdQ Background: In January 2012, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in the case of U.S. v. Jones that the government's installation of a GPS device on a vehicle constitutes a search under the Fourth Amendment. In the wake of this decision, the Department of Justice ...

Mar 1, 2016

Committee Advances Good Government Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a markup to consider eight pieces of legislation along with three postal naming bills. The following actions were taken by the Committee: H.R. 4359, the Administrative Leave Reform Act (Rep. ...

Feb 23, 2016

Chaffetz Urges Education Acting Secretary to Reevaluate Punishments for Employee Misconduct

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Last night, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) sent a letter to Department of Education (ED) Acting Secretary John King, requesting he reconsider administrative actions in 10 investigations involving senior ED officials. This letter follows an Oversight Committee hearing on

Feb 23, 2016

Chaffetz Statement on Guantanamo Bay Closure

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) issued the following statement after President Obama announced the Department of Defense will submit a plan to Congress to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility: "The president’s proposal to transfer prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay is a mistake. Transferring detainees to the U.S. is against the law and will remain against the law. Having visited the ...

Feb 22, 2016

Chaffetz Responds to Retirement of OPM CIO Donna Seymour

WASHINGTON, D.C.—This afternoon, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) issued the following statement upon learning of the retirement of U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Chief Information Officer (CIO) Donna Seymour: “Ms. Seymour’s retirement is good news and an important turning point for OPM. While I am disappointed Ms. Seymour will no longer appear before our Committee this week to answer to the American ...

Feb 12, 2016

Oversight to Hold Additional Hearing on Flint, MI Water Crisis

  WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement upon announcing a second Committee hearing examining the Flint, MI water crisis.   “We are committed to investigating the failures in Flint. We appreciate Governor Snyder’s willingness to appear before ...

Feb 11, 2016

Chaffetz Statement on Fast and Furious Progress

WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement today after the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Inspector General (IG) released a report, titled: A Review of the Department of Justice’s and ATF’s Implementation of Recommendations Contained in the OIG’s Report on Operations Fast and Furious and Wide Receiver. ...

Feb 4, 2016

Chaffetz Statement on IRS “Hardware Failure”

WASHINGTON — Today, House Oversight and Government Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz released the following statement on reporters that the IRS suffered a “hardware failure” causing the Agency to stop accepting electronically filed tax returns.  "The IRS doesn’t have its house in order at any level. That is why I've strongly advocated for Commissioner Koskinen's impeachment. ...

Feb 3, 2016

Chaffetz Issues Subpoena for OPM Documents

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) issued a subpoena to Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Acting Secretary Beth Cobert for documents relating to last year’s data breach which compromised the personally identifiable information of 21.5 million Americans. “OPM, under Ms. Cobert’s leadership, is not cooperating with the Committee’s investigation. We made a commitment to the American ...