Press Releases

May 15, 2014

Oversight Issues Secretary Kerry New Subpoena for Testimony

“I lifted the subpoena requiring Secretary Kerry to testify on May 21 because the State Department made reasonable arguments for an accommodation and told our Committee they were seeking a suitable alternative date for his testimony on a voluntary basis. But soon after I lifted the subpoena, the State Department back tracked – stating publicly that we should accept ‘a more appropriate witness’ and refusing to commit to making Secretary Kerry available.

May 14, 2014

Issa Presses Sebelius and HHS For Failure to Comply with Subpoena

WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman today sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius expressing concern that HHS is “willfully failing to comply with the Committee's subpoena” for documents related to, and detailing the White House's involvement in redacting documents without a clear assertion of Executive Privilege. “The Department’s substantial delay in ...

May 9, 2014

Issa Statement on President Signing DATA Act Into Law

“The enactment of the DATA Act marks a transformation in government transparency by shedding light on runaway federal spending,” said Chairman Issa. “The reforms of this bipartisan legislation not only move the federal bureaucracy into the digital era, but they improve accountability to taxpayers and provide tools to allow lawmakers and citizen watchdogs to root out waste and abuse. Government-wide structured data requirements may sound like technical jargon, but the real impact of this ...

May 9, 2014

Issa Statement on USPS $1.9 Billion Second Quarter Loss

WASHINGTON – Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., issued the following statement on the U.S. Postal Service’s announcement that they posted a net-loss of $1.9 billion this quarter: “The latest quarter of staggering losses for the U.S. Postal Service drives home the agency’s dire financial situation. Both President Obama and myself support a series of cost-cutting reforms, but House Democrats continue to oppose all real reform efforts, ...

May 8, 2014

Issa Votes to Establish the Select Committee on Benghazi

WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) issued the following statement on the U.S. House of Representatives vote to establish the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding Benghazi headed by Oversight Committee member Trey Gowdy (R-SC). “Today’s vote to establish a Select Committee on Benghazi is an important step toward making the White House accountable to the American people.  This administration has obscured facts around their ...

May 7, 2014

Bipartisan House Vote Finds IRS Targeting Scandal Figure Lois Lerner in Criminal Contempt

WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) issued the following statement on the U.S. House of Representatives bipartisan vote finding former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Exempt Organizations Director Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify about the IRS’s targeting of Tea Party and other conservative organizations applying for exempt status: “While I am disappointed that Ms. Lerner decided to face our criminal justice ...

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May 7, 2014

Issa to Oversight Dems: Do You Support President Obama’s Postal Reforms?

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., sent a letter to Democrat members of the Committee asking if they support President Obama’s postal reform provisions laid out in The President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2015 and scheduled for Committee mark up

May 6, 2014

Issa Statement on IG Report Finding $60.8 Million Falsely Claimed by NY Medicaid Program

“The report issued today is only the latest example of the systemic waste and abuse of federal taxpayer dollars that has become a hallmark of the New York State Medicaid program. As this report shows, New York State’s current leadership has not effectively addressed the long-standing problems in its program. The Committee will continue to press the federal government to recoup the $60.8 million identified by this audit, and as much as possible of the billions of dollars in overpayments ...

May 5, 2014

Issa Praises Decision to Name Oversight Member Trey Gowdy as Chairman of Select Committee on Benghazi

“Speaker Boehner could not have chosen a Member more committed to getting the full truth about the before, during, and after of the Benghazi terrorist attacks than Congressman Trey Gowdy. Trey has been an integral contributor to the Oversight Committee investigation and takes the knowledge we have gained, through subpoenas and individual testimony, to his new role leading the new Select Committee. I look forward to continuing to work with him as he leads the effort, across committee ...

May 2, 2014

Issa Statement on Select Committee on Benghazi

“Ongoing White House obstruction has repeatedly delayed and impaired efforts to get to the bottom of what occurred before, during, and after the terrorist attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi. Access to the interagency decision making process, including the White House, is critical to understanding what occurred...