Press Releases

Feb 23, 2016

Chaffetz Statement on Guantanamo Bay Closure

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) issued the following statement after President Obama announced the Department of Defense will submit a plan to Congress to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility: "The president’s proposal to transfer prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay is a mistake. Transferring detainees to the U.S. is against the law and will remain against the law. Having visited the ...

Feb 22, 2016

Chaffetz Responds to Retirement of OPM CIO Donna Seymour

WASHINGTON, D.C.—This afternoon, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) issued the following statement upon learning of the retirement of U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Chief Information Officer (CIO) Donna Seymour: “Ms. Seymour’s retirement is good news and an important turning point for OPM. While I am disappointed Ms. Seymour will no longer appear before our Committee this week to answer to the American ...

Feb 12, 2016

Oversight to Hold Additional Hearing on Flint, MI Water Crisis

  WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement upon announcing a second Committee hearing examining the Flint, MI water crisis.   “We are committed to investigating the failures in Flint. We appreciate Governor Snyder’s willingness to appear before ...

Feb 11, 2016

Chaffetz Statement on Fast and Furious Progress

WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement today after the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Inspector General (IG) released a report, titled: A Review of the Department of Justice’s and ATF’s Implementation of Recommendations Contained in the OIG’s Report on Operations Fast and Furious and Wide Receiver. ...

Feb 4, 2016

Chaffetz Statement on IRS “Hardware Failure”

WASHINGTON — Today, House Oversight and Government Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz released the following statement on reporters that the IRS suffered a “hardware failure” causing the Agency to stop accepting electronically filed tax returns.  "The IRS doesn’t have its house in order at any level. That is why I've strongly advocated for Commissioner Koskinen's impeachment. ...

Feb 3, 2016

Chaffetz Issues Subpoena for OPM Documents

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) issued a subpoena to Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Acting Secretary Beth Cobert for documents relating to last year’s data breach which compromised the personally identifiable information of 21.5 million Americans. “OPM, under Ms. Cobert’s leadership, is not cooperating with the Committee’s investigation. We made a commitment to the American ...

Jan 29, 2016

Chaffetz Statement on USSS Radio Communications Vulnerabilities

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement in response to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General report highlighting the United States Secret Service’s (USSS) outdated radio systems in the Washington, D.C. area, which failed over ...

Jan 22, 2016

Chaffetz Statement on Administration’s Announcement Regarding Security Clearance Process

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement in response to the Obama administration’s announcement regarding changes to how the federal government performs background checks of its employees and contractors: “Simply creating a new government entity doesn’t solve the problem. The administration needs to undertake meaningful reforms to protect citizens’ most ...

Jan 22, 2016

Chairman Chaffetz Responds to Resignation of EPA Official

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Last night, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) issued the following statement in response to the resignation of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman in light of the Flint water crisis: “EPA is rife with incompetence and Region 5 is no exception. Mismanagement has plagued the region for far too long and ...

Jan 21, 2016

Chaffetz, Jordan Letter to IRS Commissioner Regarding Destroyed Documents

WASHINGTON—Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) sent a letter to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen after learning the IRS destroyed documents covered by a federal district court’s preservation order. The preservation order was issued in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed ...