“As the Oversight Committee examined in a hearing a year ago, President Obama’s appointments looked like an obvious election-year pander to big labor bosses. Today, we know that it is American workers who are going to pay the price for the Administration’s arrogant miscalculation.”
“Lanny Breuer’s resignation is long overdue,” Chairman Issa said. “Breuer was at the heart of several critical failures in Operation Fast and Furious: he knew about reckless tactics, failed to take seriously allegations that they were continuing, and only owned up to his failures once they were publicly exposed.”
“The Department has not had a Senate-confirmed Inspector General since 2008, which is the longest vacancy of any of the 73 Inspector General positions across the federal government,” the four Members state in their letter to the President.
Estimates suggest that as much as $20 billion of taxpayer money is wasted each year. “Information technology is at the heart of every federal agency or program’s ability to function successfully,” said House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
“Acting Director Jones was at the helm of ATF as many troubling problems from the fallout of Operation Fast and Furious festered,” said Issa. “His specific decisions on a number of Fast and Furious related issues raise concerns about his judgment and ability to lead the agency.”
The White House’s top IT official, Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel will testify along with the Government Accountability Office, former Oversight Committee Chairman Tom Davis, and several large and small IT contractors.
“This team is enthusiastic about the Oversight Committee’s mission of ensuring a transparent and accountable government for the American people,” Issa said. “These individuals will work tirelessly to identify and eliminate government waste, fraud, and abuse.”
“The President has once again demonstrated his penchant for unrestrained spending by giving federal employees an across the board pay hike and sticking the rest of us with the $11 billion bill,” said Rep. DeSantis.
“We are pleased that Major League Baseball and their players have reached an agreement to implement in-season testing for human growth hormone,” the statement said.
“There is an evident leadership crisis at the Department of Veterans Affairs that is distracting from its core mission of providing timely assistance to our nation’s heroes,” said Chairman Issa.