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IRS
Sep 22, 2014

Issa Statement on IRS Official’s Interview after Taking the Fifth Amendment

"The American people deserve the opportunity to hear Lois Lerner’s testimony under oath,” said Chairman Issa. “If Lerner had nothing to hide and did nothing wrong in the IRS targeting scandal, she would have chosen to answer basic questions about her conduct instead of obstructing Congress’ investigation. Her decision to make unsubstantiated claims to a media outlet while claiming Fifth Amendment protections from answering Congress’ questions is telling. She appears to have great ...

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Sep 18, 2014

Joint Report Finds Vulnerabilities in Census Data Collection

Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), Joint Economic Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), and House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service & Census Chairman Blake Farenthold (R-TX), released a joint staff report titled, “U.S. Census Bureau: Addressing Data Collection ...

Sep 17, 2014

HHS’ HealthCare.gov “Covert Ops Mission”

“Even today, the non-partisan Government Accountability Office informs Congress that CMS refuses to provide reports on 13 Healthcare.gov ‘security incidents’ for its audit of efforts taken by CMS to ensure the site’s security. What vulnerabilities to sensitive personal information is CMS still so intent on hiding from an independent government auditor?,” said Chairman Darrell Issa. “The new report offers Americans insight into how this Administration secretly responded to known ...

Sep 17, 2014

Issa and Cummings Issue Statement on Agreement to Begin HGH Testing in NFL

“We are very pleased that the NFL and the Players Association have reached a final agreement on a performance-enhancing drug policy, which includes the implementation of HGH testing in the coming weeks. This new HGH policy sends a clear message to NFL players, as well as student-athletes at the collegiate, high school, and youth levels that HGH and other performance-enhancing drugs are highly dangerous and will not be tolerated in athletic competition. While the League and the Players ...

Sep 17, 2014

Oversight Committee Approves Bipartisan Inspector General Empowerment Legislation

“With Inspectors General facing obstruction by agencies, this legislation provides much-needed tools to our independent watchdogs as they work to reduce agency waste and mismanagement. The provision of testimonial subpoena authority will enhance the ability of Inspectors General to conduct thorough audits and investigations. This reform sends a message of congressional support for full and timely compliance with the important work of Inspectors General, and I thank my colleagues for their ...

Sep 17, 2014

Senate, House Republican Leaders Demand Immediate Details on HealthCare.Gov Security Problems

“In order to enroll beneficiaries in the exchange, HealthCare.gov collects, obtains and retains massive amounts of personally identifiable information about millions of Americans. This information includes Social Security numbers, personal addresses, income and employment records, and tax return records. It is extremely important that CMS and the other federal agencies involved in the exchanges properly protect and maintain this sensitive information,” the leaders write in a letter to the ...

IRS
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.

IRS
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 Healthcare.gov 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 ...