IN THE NEWS: Chairman Chaffetz will shine spotlight on Interior, EPA powers
The House GOP's new top watchdog plans to intensify oversight of the Interior Department and U.S. EPA in the 114th Congress, spotlighting everything from alleged restrictions on federal lands to employee misconduct.
Chairman-elect Chaffetz Announces New Oversight Subcommittees and Chairs
Incoming Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz announced this week six new Subcommittees that will be established during the 114thCongress and the Chair selections: “When assessing the future of the committee and our goals, we saw an opportunity to make some changes, which includes modifications to subcommittee issue areas and titles. These changes will allow the subcommittee Chairs and Members to take a new approach to addressing the matters that come ...
Oversight Committee Releases 348 Page Report on Legislative, Oversight Accomplishments
Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., released a comprehensive report detailing the legislative and oversight work between 2011 and 2014. “With a mission to ensure Americans are served by an ‘efficient, effective government that works for them,’ the Committee on Oversight and ...
Issa Releases Report on IRS Targeting as 113th Congress Concludes
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., today released a new staff report, “The Internal Revenue Service’s Targeting of Conservative Tax-Exempt Applicants: Report of Findings for the 113th Congress.” The report represents findings from the review of over 1.3 million pages of documents and 52 transcribed interviews with IRS, Treasury, and Justice Department employees.
Issa Applauds Senate Action to Open Digital Access to Legislative Data
Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., released the following statement on U.S. House Bulk Legislative Task Force Deputy House Clerk Robert Reeves’ announcement that the U.S. Senate will open public access to its legislative information in digital data formats for the 114th Congress: “I congratulate the Senate for acting to offer Americans digital access to bulk legislative data in this exciting step ...
Oversight Report Finds Poor Decision-Making in Disability Program Could Cost Taxpayers Billions
Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., released a staff report which finds poor decision-making by administrative law judges (ALJs) in the Social Security Administration (SSA) disability programs has potentially wasted billions of taxpayer ...
FITARA Sent to President’s Desk
“Each year, the federal government spends $80 billion on federal information technology systems, yet much of that is wasted on cost overruns, long delays, and servicing outdated programs,” said Issa. “By giving Chief Information Officers the budgetary authority over what their agency spends on IT, we are putting those who best know technology in charge of buying technology. Our current disjointed and fractured system lacks clear lines of authority and leaves IT decisions in the hands of ...
Chairman Issa: Senate Can Still Act on Bipartisan FOIA Reform Passed by House
“As someone who supported both the House and Senate versions of FOIA reform, I’m disappointed that the House ran out of time to address concerns in the Senate bill and the Senate declined to approve a House passed version, which had only minimal differences,” said Chairman Issa. “The reality is that, even today, the Senate could still send a bipartisan FOIA bill to the President if they were willing to accept some minimal differences.”
Issa Subpoenas ObamaCare Architect Jonathan Gruber
“As one of the architects of ObamaCare, Jonathan Gruber is in a unique position to shed light on the ‘lack of transparency’ surrounding the passage of the President’s health care law, however he has so far been unwilling to fully comply with the Oversight Committee’s repeated requests,” Chairman Issa said in a statement. “This week, Dr. Gruber repeatedly refused to answer several key questions, including the amount of taxpayer funds he received for his work on ObamaCare. The ...
Issa, Cummings Call for House Passage of FOIA Improvement Act
“The FOIA Improvement Act will strengthen FOIA, the cornerstone open government law,” Issa and Cummings said in a joint statement. “The House unanimously passed companion legislation, H.R. 1211, earlier this year. The FOIA Improvement Act is a bipartisan bill that, after last night’s passage by the Senate, deserves to be taken up by the House and sent to the President.”