Press Releases

Apr 14, 2016

Committee Approves SOAR Act and Other Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a markup to consider multiple pieces of legislation, including the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Reauthorization Act. The following actions were taken by the Committee. The Committee approved the following legislation:

Apr 14, 2016

New Fast and Furious Documents Reveal DOJ’s Efforts to Obstruct Congressional Investigation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) sent a memo to Republican Committee members detailing new documents related to Operation Fast and Furious. These documents reveal efforts by senior officials at the Department of Justice to withhold key materials related to the botched gunwalking operation. Chairman Jason ...

Apr 8, 2016

Chaffetz Statement on Fast and Furious Documents

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) issued the following statement on the ongoing investigation and lawsuit related to Operation Fast and Furious: “As we've long asserted, the Committee requires and is entitled to these documents. They are critical to the Committee’s efforts to complete meaningful oversight. The Committee has a duty to understand and shine light on what was happening inside ...

Mar 29, 2016

Committees Request Information on Conservation Land Designations by Obama Administration

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), along with Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY), sent letters to U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Council on Environmental Quality Managing Director Christy Goldfuss regarding the White House’s designation of 1.8 million acres of land in California for conservation under ...

Mar 17, 2016

Setting the Record Straight on Retaliation at EPA

Committee releases email from July 2015 WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, in response to the release of an email written just yesterday, claiming retaliation against employee Miguel Del Toral did not occur, the Committee released information more accurately depicting the circumstances within U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 as the crisis was unfolding last summer. EPA Region 5 Regulations Manager Miguel Del Toral wrote a

Mar 16, 2016

Chaffetz Statement on Allegations of Misconduct By Federal Judge

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement after serious allegations were raised against a sitting United States District Court Judge. “Our initial review of the allegations has caused alarm and distress over their serious nature. The Utah Attorney General recently made the Committee ...

Mar 14, 2016

Oversight Leaders Seek to Shine Light on DOJ Office of Legal Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, kicking off Sunshine Week, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) sent a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) requesting documents to better understand the Office of Legal Counsel's (OLC) opinion-making process. OLC is responsible for authoring opinions that provide legal direction to executive branch agencies. Due to increasing FOIA requests, OLC is providing ...

Mar 2, 2016

Chaffetz, Cummings to Review Unredacted Jones Memos

Watch Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) discuss today’s announcement during a House Oversight hearing on Geolocation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzxE_rNnrdQ Background: In January 2012, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in the case of U.S. v. Jones that the government's installation of a GPS device on a vehicle constitutes a search under the Fourth Amendment. In the wake of this decision, the Department of Justice ...

Mar 1, 2016

Committee Advances Good Government Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a markup to consider eight pieces of legislation along with three postal naming bills. The following actions were taken by the Committee: H.R. 4359, the Administrative Leave Reform Act (Rep. ...

Feb 23, 2016

Chaffetz Urges Education Acting Secretary to Reevaluate Punishments for Employee Misconduct

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Last night, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) sent a letter to Department of Education (ED) Acting Secretary John King, requesting he reconsider administrative actions in 10 investigations involving senior ED officials. This letter follows an Oversight Committee hearing on