Releases


June 10, 2014
Issa and Jordan Press Justice Department on Purpose of Illegal 1.1 Million Document IRS Database

“We are aghast to learn that the Justice Department worked with the IRS to assemble a massive database of nonprofit groups, and that this database included confidential taxpayer information that the Department is not authorized to possess,” write Issa and Jordan. “The creation of such an illicit and comprehensive registry by federal law-enforcement officials is concerning in and of itself. Yet, the creation of a registry at the same time that the Department considered possible investigatory steps against nonprofit groups engaged in political speech is alarming. This evidence is a clear indication that the Justice Department took affirmative steps to examine nonprofit groups engaged in otherwise lawful political speech.”

Oversight Report Finds Disability Programs’ Rubber-Stamping Judges Waste Billions

WASHINGTON – Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., released a staff report titled, “Systemic Waste and Abuse at the Social Security Administration: How Rubber-Stamping Disability Judges Cost Hundreds of Billions of Taxpayer Dollars.” The report examines the prevalence and impact of administrative law judges (ALJs)…

June 9, 2014
Issa: FDIC Cooperated with DOJ’s Operation Choke Point to Target Legal Businesses

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) today sent a letter to Chairman Martin J. Gruenberg of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) regarding FDIC’s pressure on banks to terminate relationships with legal businesses, in conjunction with the Department of Justice’s Operation Choke Point, which targets businesses…

IRS’s Lois Lerner had Database of Tax Exempt Organizations Sent to FBI Weeks before 2010 Midterm Elections

“We were extremely troubled by this new information, and by the fact that the IRS has withheld it from the Committee for over a year,” write Issa and Jordan to IRS Commissioner Koskinen. “We were astonished to learn days ago from the Justice Department that these 21 disks contained confidential taxpayer information protected by federal law. We ask that you immediately produce all material explaining how these disks were prepared and transmitted to the FBI.”

June 5, 2014
Issa Statement on Agency Dropping Charges Against Calif. Tree-Trimmer

WASHINGTON – Today, House Oversight and Government Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., issued the following statement in response to the news that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of Justice will not be pursuing charges against Ernesto Pulido, a California tree-trimmer who unintentionally injured five baby birds…

May 30, 2014
Announcement on June 12 Hearing with Secretary Kerry

“Seeing Secretary Kerry and others, who have worked to obstruct critical oversight of Congress’ investigations into Benghazi, attempt to use the upcoming June 12 hearing as a shield against the Select Committee tells me it’s time to reassess. It’s been disappointing to watch a long serving former Senator, like Secretary Kerry, squirm his way to what I’m doing today – releasing him from the upcoming hearing commitment he made only after we issued him a subpoena.

Issa Statement on VA Secretary Shinseki’s Resignation

WASHINGTON – Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., released the following statement on the resignation of Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki: “Our veterans, who sacrificed their safety and risked their lives for their country, deserve the best care our nation can provide. It…

May 29, 2014
Report: DOJ’s Operation Choke Point Secretly Pressured Banks to Cut Ties with Legal Business

WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) today released a staff report, The Department of Justice’s “Operation Choke Point”:  Illegally Choking Off Legitimate Businesses?, on the DOJ’s wide-ranging investigation of banks and payment processors. The ostensible goal of the investigation is to combat mass-market consumer…

May 28, 2014
Issa Questions Federal Prosecution Referral of Calif. Tree-Trimmer

WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., today sent a letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Daniel Ashe questioning the agency’s decision to press charges against a California tree-trimmer who inadvertently violated the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) while performing a job commissioned…

May 27, 2014
Issa Presses White House on Office of Political Affairs Documents, Claims Contradicted by Office of Special Counsel

“The American people have a right to know if their tax dollars are being spent to support congressional campaigns during the 2014 midterm elections in violation of federal law,” Issa writes in a letter to White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.