Press Releases

Nov 17, 2015

HEARING WRAP UP: Oversight Committee Examines Dept. of Education

Witnesses: Mr. Greg Wilshusen, Director, Information Security Issues, U.S. Government Accountability Office The Honorable Kathleen S. Tighe, Inspector General, U.S. Department of Education Mr. Danny A. Harris, Ph.D., Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Education TAKEAWAYS: • The Department of Education (DoEd) has at least 139 million unique social security numbers in its Central Processing System ...

Nov 10, 2015

Chaffetz Responds to Nomination of Beth Cobert as OPM Director

WASHINGTON—Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement after The Washington Post reported that President Obama will nominate Acting Director Beth Cobert as Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM): “In my initial meetings with ...

Nov 6, 2015

Chairman Chaffetz Statement on Keystone Pipeline Rejection

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement today, after the Obama administration rejected the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline: “Today's decision by the president, while disappointing, is not surprising. I fundamentally disagree with the president's politically motivated decision. This administration ignores the fact that the pipeline will ...

Nov 4, 2015

Oversight Committee Announces FITARA Scorecard

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCo7ifLd_kw&feature=youtu.be WASHINGTON – Today, Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a scorecard assigning letter grades to federal agencies on their implementation of the bipartisan Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), enacted in December 2014. Full Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), IT Subcommittee Chairman Will Hurd (R-TX) and Ranking Member Robin Kelly (D-IL), and ...

Nov 4, 2015

Report Released on EPA’s Unprecedented Action in Bristol Bay, Alaska

WASHINGTON—Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Subcommittee on the Interior Chairman Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), and Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) sent a letter and

Nov 3, 2015

Hearing Wrap-Up: Oversight Committee Reviews National Security at TSA

Witnesses: Mr. Peter Neffenger, Administrator, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security The Honorable John Roth, Inspector General, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Ms. Jennifer Grover, Director, Homeland Security and Justice, U.S. Government Accountability Office TAKEAWAYS: • The new Transportation Security ...

Nov 3, 2015

Committee Announces New Staff Director

WASHINGTON—Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) issued the following statement upon announcing Jennifer Hemingway, current Staff Director for the Government Operations Subcommittee, as the Committee’s new Staff Director. The Committee’s current Staff Director, Sean McLaughlin, recently announced plans to return to the private sector at the end of the year. “Jennifer is an invaluable asset to the Committee. ...

Oct 27, 2015

Resolution Introduced to Impeach IRS Commissioner

WASHINGTON—Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and 18 members of the Committee introduced a resolution to begin proceedings in the U.S. House of Representatives to impeach Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen.

Oct 26, 2015

Bipartisan, Bicameral Group of Lawmakers Ask AG Lynch for Geolocation Memos

WASHINGTON—Today, a bipartisan, bicameral group of legislators sent a letter to Attorney General (AG) Loretta Lynch requesting Department of Justice (DOJ) memoranda on the use of geolocation and other surveillance technology. Over the past two years, lawmakers from both the House and Senate have repeatedly requested the Jones memos and have been denied. Key excerpts from

Oct 23, 2015

Chairman Chaffetz Responds to DOJ’s Investigation of the IRS

WASHINGTON—Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) issued the following statement after the Department of Justice announced there will be no charges against former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner, and the investigation will be closing: “This announcement is a reminder that the Obama administration continues to refuse to hold anyone accountable at the IRS. Over two years ago,