March 26, 2014
House Counsel: Oversight Committee Can Hold Lerner in Contempt

“First, the Committee formally rejected her Fifth Amendment claims and expressly advised her of its determination (a fact that she, through her attorney, acknowledged prior to her appearance at the reconvened hearing on March 5, 2014),” the counsel writes, referring to the June 28, 2013 vote that determined Lerner had waived her Fifth Amendment rights. “Second, the Committee Chairman thereafter advised Ms. Lerner in writing that the Committee expected her to answer its questions, and advised her orally, at the reconvened hearing on March 5, 2014, that she faced the possibility of being held in contempt of Congress if she continued to decline to provide answers.”

Issa, Quigley Host Transparency Caucus Event on Open Data and Job Creation

“Only by opening up government spending data can we see exactly what our government is doing with our money. No other data set is as central to government management and transparency. At the same time, making all federal spending information useful by publishing it in a machine readable format can boost economic growth and create jobs. Companies will be able to analyze government data against other data sets, allowing them to add value and sell their services to a wide variety of businesses,” said Rep. Issa.

March 25, 2014
Issa Presses IRS Commissioner on Outstanding Targeting Scandal Document Requests Ahead of Wednesday Hearing

WASHINGTON – Today, in advance of Wednesday’s hearing on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)’s inappropriate targeting of conservative groups, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., sent a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen detailing specific and longstanding priority document requests the agency has still not fulfilled….

Issa, Mica Press OMB to Deliver Promised Federal Real Property Documents

Letter Raises Possibility of Subpoena for Federal Real Property Documents WASHINGTON – House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., raised the possibility of subpoenaing the Office of Management and Budget for documents related to federal real property holdings, which the agency promised to produce in December 2011 but still has…

March 24, 2014
IRS Commissioner to Testify at Oversight Hearing

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, March 26th, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., will convene a hearing on the IRS targeting scandal entitled, “Examining the IRS Response to the Targeting Scandal.”   This hearing will address the IRS’s response to the targeting scandal, including its compliance with…

March 21, 2014
Issa Subpoenas EPA for Pebble Mine Documents

On March 14, 2014, Chairman Issa, Subcommittee Chairman James Lankford, R-Okla., and Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, sent a letter to EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins, Jr. requesting an investigation into the EPA’s decision to rely on a rarely-used provision of the Clean Water Act to preemptively veto the proposed Pebble Project.

Issa and Jordan to Holder: Provide Details on Lerner Interview

“For over eight months, the Committee has sought to carry out its oversight obligations in concert with the Department of Justice’s law-enforcement duties,” wrote Chairman Issa and Chairman Jordan. “At every stage, the Department has refused to fully cooperate with the Committee.”

March 20, 2014
Oversight Leaders Question Treasury Authority to Unilaterally Delay ObamaCare’s Employer Mandate

“The Committee is concerned that, as part of its role in the law’s implementation, the Department of Treasury is intentionally disregarding core statutory requirements of the law,” the letter, sent on March 18th and signed by Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Subcommittee Chairman James Lankford, R-Okla., and Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, states. “These concerns are compounded by serious questions about the constitutionality of the Department’s actions.”

After a Year of Administration Stonewalling, Issa Subpoenas ATF Storefront Sting Documents

WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) subpoenaed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) for documents relating to the ATF’s nationwide storefront sting operations yesterday evening.  ATF carried out these storefront sting operations across the country, from Oregon to Florida, and utilized…

March 19, 2014
Oversight Committee Probes Potential White House Hatch Act Violations

“The Hatch Act requires a clear dichotomy between the constitutional and statutory duties officials and any political or campaign-related activities in which they engage,” said Issa in the letter to Denis McDonough. The letter continues: “Unfortunately, it appears the White House has determined it is appropriate to use taxpayer money in an effort to achieve electoral success.”