Releases


August 11, 2014
Issa, Vitter: GAO Report Confirms EPA Fudges Costs of Regulations

“The independent study released today demonstrates that the Obama Administration failed to provide thorough, transparent cost-benefit analyses for major environmental rules that cost American jobs,” said Chairman Issa. “Rather than using a fair and open rulemaking process, EPA pushed through regulations using sloppy analysis without sufficiently informing Congress or the public of the economic impact.”

August 8, 2014
Members Call on OMB Director to Address Concerns of Inspectors General

Today, the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate and House committees on government oversight sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan in light of serious concerns that certain Offices of Inspectors General are experiencing problems obtaining documents from their respective agencies. Senate Homeland Security…

Issa Statement on Federal Phased Retirement Reform

Office of Personnel Management finalizes good government changes passed by Congress to enhance federal employee flexibility House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) today issued the following statement on the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) release of the final rule implementing the Federal Employee Phased Retirement Act,…

August 7, 2014
Issa Statement on Destroyed Healthcare.gov Emails

“Today’s news that a senior HHS executive destroyed emails relevant to a congressional investigation means that the Obama Administration has lost or destroyed emails for more than 20 witnesses, and in each case, the loss wasn’t disclosed to the National Archives or Congress for months or years, in violation of federal law,” said Chairman Issa. “It defies logic that so many senior Administration officials were found to have ignored federal recordkeeping requirements only after Congress asked to see their emails. Just this week, my staff followed up with HHS, who has failed to comply with a subpoena from ten months ago. Even at that point, the administration did not inform us that there was a problem with Ms. Tavenner’s email history. Yet again, we discover that this Administration will not be forthright with the American people unless cornered.”

August 6, 2014
Audit Underscores Need for USASpending.gov Revamp

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., today released the following statement on the recently released Government Accountability Office’s report that agencies failed to provide sufficient information to USASpending.gov, which tracks government spending. According to the report, at least 93 percent of federal awards on the website…

July 29, 2014
Oversight Report Proposes Solutions to Get Politics out of the IRS, Ensure Targeting Never Happens Again

“As the Committee continues its comprehensive investigation into IRS targeting of Americans for their political beliefs, both immediate and long-term reforms are needed to prevent such targeting from ever happening again. We must make structural changes to improve internal oversight and get politics out of the IRS. The current imbalance of IRS power over taxpayers must cede to a system that recognizes and protects the rights of taxpayers.”

July 28, 2014
Top Presidential Advisor Valerie Jarrett Intervened to Expand ObamaCare’s Taxpayer Bailout for Insurers, Report Finds

Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., released a committee staff report titled, “ObamaCare’s Taxpayer Bailout of Health Insurers and the White House’s Involvement to Increase Bailout Size.” The report includes email correspondence showing that Senior Advisor to President Obama Valerie Jarrett directly intervened in response to…

July 25, 2014
Oversight Dems to America: “You Don’t Have the Right to Know” about White House Spending Taxpayer Dollars on Political Activity

Committee votes to reject White House claim that head of political office has absolute immunity from Congress Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved a resolution to reject White House assertions of “absolute immunity” for political affairs office head, David Simas, who has failed to appear before the Committee…

July 24, 2014
White House Complains Request for Simas’ Public Testimony Different from Bush Administration Official’s Deposition; Issa Offers Deposition

Today, in a letter to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the White House complained of dissimilar treatment of its political office head, David Simas, to that of Bush administration political office figures in 2008. In response, Chairman Issa offered White House Counsel Neil Eggleston the…

Oversight Committee Approves Bipartisan Government Accountability Legislation

Today, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee passed several government accountability provisions, including legislation aimed at improving management of the Senior Executive Service; improving federal officials’ compliance with the Federal Records Act; establishing a regulatory review commission to identify outdated, costly, or overly burdensome federal regulations; and removing restrictions…