Press Releases

Mar 17, 2016

Setting the Record Straight on Retaliation at EPA

Committee releases email from July 2015 WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, in response to the release of an email written just yesterday, claiming retaliation against employee Miguel Del Toral did not occur, the Committee released information more accurately depicting the circumstances within U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 as the crisis was unfolding last summer. EPA Region 5 Regulations Manager Miguel Del Toral wrote a

Mar 16, 2016

Chaffetz Statement on Allegations of Misconduct By Federal Judge

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement after serious allegations were raised against a sitting United States District Court Judge. “Our initial review of the allegations has caused alarm and distress over their serious nature. The Utah Attorney General recently made the Committee ...

Mar 14, 2016

Oversight Leaders Seek to Shine Light on DOJ Office of Legal Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, kicking off Sunshine Week, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) sent a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) requesting documents to better understand the Office of Legal Counsel's (OLC) opinion-making process. OLC is responsible for authoring opinions that provide legal direction to executive branch agencies. Due to increasing FOIA requests, OLC is providing ...

Mar 2, 2016

Chaffetz, Cummings to Review Unredacted Jones Memos

Watch Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) discuss today’s announcement during a House Oversight hearing on Geolocation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzxE_rNnrdQ Background: In January 2012, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in the case of U.S. v. Jones that the government's installation of a GPS device on a vehicle constitutes a search under the Fourth Amendment. In the wake of this decision, the Department of Justice ...

Mar 1, 2016

Committee Advances Good Government Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a markup to consider eight pieces of legislation along with three postal naming bills. The following actions were taken by the Committee: H.R. 4359, the Administrative Leave Reform Act (Rep. ...

Feb 23, 2016

Chaffetz Urges Education Acting Secretary to Reevaluate Punishments for Employee Misconduct

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Last night, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) sent a letter to Department of Education (ED) Acting Secretary John King, requesting he reconsider administrative actions in 10 investigations involving senior ED officials. This letter follows an Oversight Committee hearing on

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. ...