Press Releases

Jan 29, 2016

Chaffetz Statement on USSS Radio Communications Vulnerabilities

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement in response to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General report highlighting the United States Secret Service’s (USSS) outdated radio systems in the Washington, D.C. area, which failed over ...

Jan 22, 2016

Chaffetz Statement on Administration’s Announcement Regarding Security Clearance Process

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement in response to the Obama administration’s announcement regarding changes to how the federal government performs background checks of its employees and contractors: “Simply creating a new government entity doesn’t solve the problem. The administration needs to undertake meaningful reforms to protect citizens’ most ...

Jan 22, 2016

Chairman Chaffetz Responds to Resignation of EPA Official

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Last night, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) issued the following statement in response to the resignation of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman in light of the Flint water crisis: “EPA is rife with incompetence and Region 5 is no exception. Mismanagement has plagued the region for far too long and ...

Jan 21, 2016

Chaffetz, Jordan Letter to IRS Commissioner Regarding Destroyed Documents

WASHINGTON—Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) sent a letter to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen after learning the IRS destroyed documents covered by a federal district court’s preservation order. The preservation order was issued in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed ...

Jan 19, 2016

Chaffetz Statement on District Court Opinion on Fast and Furious Documents

WASHINGTON—Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) issued the following statement after U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled the Obama administration cannot use executive privilege to keep Operation Fast and Furious records from Congress: “Today’s decision will help us advance the Fast & Furious ...

Jan 12, 2016

House Passes FOIA Reform, Presidential Allowance Modernization, and Additional Bipartisan Legislation

WASHINGTON—Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed seven bills designed to make the federal government more efficient and accountable to the American taxpayer.  Bills passed by suspension: H.R. 1777, Presidential Allowance Modernization Act (Rep. Chaffetz, R-UT; Rep. Cummings, D-MD); Amends and modernizes the Former ...

Jan 12, 2016

Chaffetz Statement on Grand Canyon River District IG Report

WASHINGTON—Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) issued the following statement after release of the Department of Interior (DOI) Inspector General's (IG) report on misconduct at the Grand Canyon National Park’s (GRCA) River District. The report found evidence of a 15-year pattern of sexual harassment and hostile work ...

Jan 12, 2016

Committee Approves Federal Personnel Reform Bills

WASHINGTON—Today, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a markup to consider five pieces of legislation, including several proposals enacting federal personnel reforms. The following actions were taken by the Committee: HR. 1671, the

Jan 11, 2016

New Oversight Staff Report Concludes FOIA is Broken

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE REPORT WASHINGTON – Today, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a staff report on its investigation into the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), concluding that the FOIA process is broken and in need of serious reforms. The report illustrates the complexity of the FOIA process that members of the media and ...

Jan 11, 2016

Chaffetz, Cummings Praise Passage of Presidential Allowance Modernization Act

WASHINGTON—Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1777, the Presidential Allowance Modernization Act. This bipartisan legislation limits the pensions of former presidents, increases the pensions of surviving spouses, and limits the allowances provided for post-presidential expenditures. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD), who cosponsored the legislation, released the following ...