Press Releases

Mar 19, 2014

Oversight Committee Probes Potential White House Hatch Act Violations

“The Hatch Act requires a clear dichotomy between the constitutional and statutory duties officials and any political or campaign-related activities in which they engage,” said Issa in the letter to Denis McDonough. The letter continues: “Unfortunately, it appears the White House has determined it is appropriate to use taxpayer money in an effort to achieve electoral success.”

Mar 18, 2014

Issa Statement on Pentagon Security Clearance Report

“The Department of Defense reports released this morning concur with the findings of the Committee's Staff Report released on February 11, 2014,” said Chairman Issa. “The Department and the Committee both concluded that Aaron Alexis could have been stopped and his clearance could have been pulled before the Navy Yard shooting if all information available was properly obtained and reported. Additionally, the Department recognizes that the federal security clearance process must be fixed ...

Mar 12, 2014

Oversight Committee Passes Bipartisan Bills to Improve Federal Worker Savings, Whistleblower Protections

“The Smart Savings Act will ensure that workers who are planning ahead for retirement are investing in an account that works for them at every stage of their career,” Chairman Issa said. “Currently, the default fund is comprised of government securities, which historically provide very low returns. The mix of offerings in an L Fund is designed to give higher returns, while decreasing risk as individuals near retirement. According to the TSP, making L Funds the default investment can help ...

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Mar 11, 2014

Oversight Report: Lois Lerner’s Role in IRS Targeting

“In the wake of Ms. Lerner’s refusal to testify and answer questions, this report offers detailed evidence about steps she took to crack down on organizations that exercised their Constitutional rights to free political speech,” said Chairman Issa. “She involved herself in efforts to apply unprecedented scrutiny to new applicants, existing organizations, and to write new rules after President Obama and other prominent Democrats expressed outrage at the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ...

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Mar 6, 2014

Seven Questions Lois Lerner wouldn’t answer at Yesterday’s Hearing: Will House Democrats answer them today?

1. In October 2010, Lerner told a Duke University group: “The Supreme Court dealt a huge blow, overturning a 100-year-old precedent that basically corporations couldn’t give directly to political campaigns.  And everyone is up in arms because they don’t like it.  The Federal Election Commission can’t do anything about it.  They want the IRS to fix the problem.” Who exactly wanted the IRS to “fix the problem” caused by Citizens United? 2. In February 2011, ...

Mar 5, 2014

Issa Statement on Latest ObamaCare Delay

“The latest delay underscores the President’s misguided fixation on political gains over the disastrous impact ObamaCare is having on Americans. This move is a cynical ploy that delays thousands of insurance policy cancellations until after the elections, in the hopes that Americans won’t notice the spiking premiums and shrinking options they face under the President’s health care law. Nothing, however, can distract from the fact that the President blatantly broke his promise that ‘if ...

Mar 4, 2014

FACT SHEET: Lois Lerner and the Oversight Committee Investigation of the IRS Targeting Scandal

The Committee’s investigation began in February 2012, after concerns about disparate treatment and inappropriate scrutiny of applicants for tax exempt status by the IRS were brought to the Committee’s attention.

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Feb 28, 2014

Issa Statement on House Passage of Unfunded Mandates and Regulatory Transparency Bills

“Transparency and accountability will go a long way to addressing this Administration’s runaway expansion of the regulatory state,” Issa said. “These reforms bring job-killing federal mandates out of the dark by giving the public ample time to see and prepare for their real costs and economic impact. The reforms of Stop Government Abuse Week are a step in the right direction toward creating an open rulemaking process and undoing the economic damage of the federal government’s ...

Feb 26, 2014

Oversight Committee Recalls Lois Lerner, Former IRS Targeting Official, to Testify

“Ms. Lerner’s testimony remains critical to the Committee’s investigation,” wrote Chairman Issa. “Documents and testimony obtained by the Committee show that she played a significant role in scrutinizing applications for tax exempt status from conservative organizations. Documents also show that Ms. Lerner participated in “off plan” work to develop rules that would allow the IRS to stifle constitutionally protected political speech by non-profit groups. Ms. Lerner’s testimony ...

  • IRS Press Releases
Feb 26, 2014

Issa, Grassley Report on FDA Employee Monitoring Finds Agency Still Lacks Adequate Whistleblower Protections

WASHINGTON – Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, released a joint report on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s highly-invasive surveillance program that monitored employees who contacted Congress and the media with concerns about FDA’s medical device approval process. In April 2010, the FDA initiated a surveillance ...