A new report released by two House Committees offers a critical examination of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) management and its procurement, deployment and storage of airport security screening technologies. Viewed in light of the recent bomb interdiction operation in Yemen, the report is a critical review of TSA’s front line security operations and notes that over the past decade, the agency has struggled to cost-effectively utilize taxpayer funding to obtain and distribute effective security equipment at 463 airports where it provides screening.
In response to more than a year of Justice Department stonewalling Congress and the American people on Operation Fast and Furious, the U.S. House of Representatives today passed by voice vote an amendment cutting Justice Department salaries until they fully answer questions on the failed gunwalking program.
Issa & McHenry: “As conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, you have a unique obligation to preserve and conserve the assets and property of [Fannie and Freddie].”
“This briefing paper and draft contempt report explains the case, to both Members of the Committee and the American people, for holding Attorney General Holder in contempt of Congress,” said Issa. “In describing the results of the Justice Department’s refusal to cooperate – including the hardships the family of a fallen Border Patrol agent have faced in seeking the truth, and retaliation against agents who blew the whistle on gunwalking – this briefing paper provides the facts, on which decisions will be made.”
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) issued the following joint statement on the letter received last night from United States Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan in response to the committee’s April 18, 2012, questions about agent misconduct in Cartagena, Columbia.
Today, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee YouTube channel reached a new milestone – 2 million views, cementing its place as the most viewed committee YouTube channel in either the House or Senate.
“Today’s bipartisan approval of FISMA shows that Congress is serious about our nation’s cybersecurity,” said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the bill’s lead Republican sponsor. “FISMA 2002 is in desperate need of an update. This legislation will ensure that agencies are better prepared against real threats instead of the monotonous ‘check the box’ activity that FISMA has become.”
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform adopted $83 billion in deficit reduction provisions today. The taxpayer savings were adopted by the Committee to meet the goals of H. Con. Res 112, House Fiscal Year 2013 budget resolution, on a vote of 19-15.
Issa on passage of revolutionary DATA Act: “Today’s strong bipartisan showing is a major win for transparency and accountability. The lavish spending by GSA in Las Vegas has again highlighted the extent of waste and excess that occurs in government. The DATA Act will create accountability by exposing waste and allowing Americans to examine the details of how the federal is spending their tax dollars.”
Issa: “Instead of finding savings to help the Postal Service survive, the Senate postal bill has devolved into a special interest spending binge that would actually make things worse. Simultaneously harming taxpayers and the Postal Service’s shrinking customer base, the Senate bill includes a $33 billion dollar taxpayer funded bailout while increasing USPS debt by nearly $1 billion dollars.”