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June 26, 2014
Issa and Chaffetz: Is State Department Embassy Design Putting Style Over Safety?

Issa & Chaffetz write, “It is our understanding the Department has decided to transition from a successful program of embassy construction based on a standard design to one focused more on unique design. The Committee is interested in the differences between the standard embassy design approach, which stresses security and functionality, versus a new ‘design excellence’ program, which stresses openness and innovation. In the words of former Under Secretary of State for Management, Grant Green, who presided over the Department’s standard design approach, which moved tens of thousands of people into newer, safer facilities, ‘If it takes longer, it’s going to cost more, and if it costs more and takes longer, it puts people at risk out there waiting for their embassy to be built.’”

Issa Statement on Supreme Court Ruling Striking Down NLRB Recess Appointments

“Today’s Supreme Court decision is encouraging for all who believe in the checks and balances enshrined in our nation’s constitution. The Court is right to reject the President’s political gamesmanship, which places the special interests of union bosses ahead of American workers and job creators. This unanimous decision makes it clear that President Obama acted without any legitimate authority and his power grab is outside any meaningful debate about the balance of power between the executive and legislative branches.”

June 24, 2014
Archivist of the United States: IRS “did not follow the law” in failing to report Lerner e-mail loss

In Q and A with Rep. Walberg, Archivist says IRS failed to comply with the Federal Records Act  During today’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, IRS Obstruction: Lois Lerner’s Missing E-mails, Part II, David Ferriero, the Archivist of the United States for the National Archives and Records Administration,…

June 23, 2014
Commissioner Admits No Evidence IRS Made Any Effort to Recover Lerner Emails from 6-month Backup Tapes

In Q and A with Rep. Chaffetz, Koskinen says agency did not pursue recovery because it was ‘costly’ House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., today convened a hearing with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen on the loss of former IRS official Lois Lerner’s email…

Oversight Subpoenas White House Attorney for Tuesday Testimony on Lerner Emails

Committee announces subpoena after White House Counsel’s office declines to make attorney who supervised IRS’s response to congressional inquiry available for testimony House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., today issued a subpoena to Ms. Jennifer O’Connor of the White House Counsel’s office for testimony on Tuesday,…

June 22, 2014
Oversight Presses IRS on 15 Technology Questions Surrounding ‘Lost’ Lois Lerner E-mails

“Please be prepared to discuss the Internal Revenue Service’s e-mail systems, data retention policies, and document production processes,” Chairman Issa wrote Saturday in a letter to IRS Commissioner Koskinen. “Because the IRS has refused to provide basic information about these matters to the Committee in advance of the hearing, and in the interest of promoting a frank and thorough discussion at the hearing, I ask that you provide answers to the factual questions posed below.”

June 19, 2014
Issa Requests White House Attorney’s Testimony on Lerner Emails

Committee seeks answers from current White House attorney who supervised IRS’s response to congressional inquiry House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., today requested that Ms. Jennifer O’Connor of the White House Counsel’s office testify on Tuesday, following Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen’s testimony on…

HEARING TODAY – Report: Leadership Failure at Chemical Safety Board Jeopardizes Agency Mission, Puts Safety at Risk

Chairman Issa: “Rather than addressing experienced investigators’ concerns about agency mismanagement, Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board leadershiphas stifled internal debate and retaliated against agency whistleblowers. Mismanagement under the current CSB leadership has created a hostile work environment, distracting the Board from fulfilling its core mission to investigate industrial accidents and issue incident safety reports in a timely manner. Real reform is needed at the CSB to restore collegiality, staff morale, and the integrity of the agency.”

June 18, 2014
Issa Statement on Report that IRS Destroyed Lois Lerner’s Hard Drive

“If the IRS truly got rid of evidence in a way that violated the Federal Records Act and ensured the FBI never got a crack at recovering files from an official claiming a Fifth amendment protection against self-incrimination , this is proof their whole line about ‘losing’ e-mails in the targeting scandal was just one more attempted deception. Old and useless binders of information are still stored and maintained on federal agency shelves; official records, like the e-mails of a prominent official, don’t just disappear without a trace unless that was the intention.”

Issa to FTC Watchdog: Investigate Allegations of Corporate Blackmail

“The possibility that inaccurate information played a role in the FTC’s decision to initiate enforcement actions against LabMD is a serious matter,” said Chairman Issa in today’s letter. “The FTC’s enforcement actions have resulted in serious financial difficulties for the company. Additionally, the alleged collaboration between the FTC and Tiversa, a company which has now admitted that the information it provided to federal government entities—including the FTC—may be inaccurate, creates the appearance that the FTC aided a company whose business practices allegedly involve disseminating false data about the nature of data security breaches.”