Releases


October 2, 2014
Whistleblower Protection Act Intended to Shield Whistleblowers from Agency Rules Undermining the Law

“Only Congress does, and should, have the authority to determine the law when it comes to whistleblowing. Agencies have a clear conflict of interest. Giving them the power to define on their own what information is exempt from whistleblower protections would be like putting the fox in charge of the henhouse. It would sacrifice one of the most important means of uncovering waste, fraud, and abuse,” Grassley said.

October 1, 2014
Issa Statement on Resignation of Secret Service Director Julia Pierson

“Problems at the Secret Service pre-date Ms. Pierson’s tenure as director, and her resignation certainly does not resolve them. Yesterday, the Committee called for an outside review by independent experts. Today, Homeland Security Jeh Johnson agreed that such a review is critical. The Oversight Committee will continue to examine clear and serious agency failures at the Secret Service that have been exposed. While serious questions surround the Secret Service, Director Pierson served her country with honor and has my gratitude for her efforts.”

September 26, 2014
New GAO Report Highlights Cost Savings in Data Center Consolidations, Need for Improved Reporting

Today, a bipartisan group of members of Congress highlighted a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on federal agencies’ efforts to consolidate their data centers and achieve cost savings. The GAO report found that 19 of the 24 agencies participating in the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative reported an estimated…

September 25, 2014
Issa Statement on Attorney General Holder Stepping Down

“Eric Holder is the most divisive U.S. Attorney General in modern history and, in a vote supported by 17 Democratic House Members, has the dubious historic distinction of being the first Attorney General held in criminal contempt by the U.S. House of Representatives,” said Chairman Issa. “Time and again, Eric Holder administered justice as the political activist he describes himself as instead of an unbiased law enforcement official. By needlessly injecting politics into law enforcement, Attorney General Holder’s legacy has eroded more confidence in our legal system than any Attorney General before him. Through strong arming reporters, practically ignoring high level wrongdoing, blocking his own agency Inspector General’s access to information, and overseeing a Department that attempted to stonewall Congressional oversight with denials of what is now established fact, Attorney General Holder abused his office and failed to uphold the values of our Constitution. While President Obama and the Senate should work expeditiously to find a replacement, time and care must be taken to ensure that our next Attorney General recognizes and does not repeat Mr. Holder’s mistakes.”

September 22, 2014
HEARING ADVISORY: Oversight Committee to Examine White House Intrusion Incident, U.S. Secret Service

“The recent intrusion of an individual into the White House is the latest in a string of high profile incidents for the Secret Service. These significant security breaches reveal our weaknesses as well as our response capabilities to our nation’s enemies. I look forward to hearing from Secret Service Director Pierson, in light of scandals ranging from the Salahis to Cartagena, about what steps the agency is taking under her leadership to improve security and put an end to dangerous embarrassments.”

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 confidence that her allies in the Obama Administration will not consider legal action after she resigned and declined to discuss the IRS’ actions against private citizens.”

September 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 Vulnerabilities” in…

September 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 security vulnerabilities while plotting to keep the truth from the American people.”

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 remain in negotiations on a new substance abuse policy for non-performance enhancing drugs, we look forward to continuing to work with the parties to reach a comprehensive agreement.”

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 support.”