“It is suggestive and troubling that more than half a year has passed without DOI providing the requested documents and information. Our concern is heightened given the serious nature of the questions raised and the government’s pattern of indiscretion in providing government assistance to politically connected green energy companies such as Solyndra.”
“The resignation of Chairman Jaczko will close an ugly chapter and allow the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to focus on its mission – ensuring the safe operations of the nation’s nuclear plants,” Issa said.
As part of its AmericanJobCreators.com effort to spotlight the impact of government red tape on workers and companies, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has contacted nearly 200 organizations seeking their insight on regulations that hurt job creation.
Issa on latest $3.2 billion Postal Service loss: “The USPS needs responsible legislative action to restore long-term solvency, preserve delivery of mail, and protect taxpayers from footing the bill for a bailout. While the measure approved by the Senate failed to achieve these benchmarks, the House of Representatives will advance a comprehensive postal reform bill that protects the long-term interests of postal customers. Today’s announcement underscores the urgency and seriousness of the situation.”
Issa on Postal Service reform announcement: “The smallest 10,000 post offices collectively cost USPS less than $600 million dollars to operate each year. That is less than one-eighth of the $5 billion USPS spends each year to operate its network of 32,000 post offices. To achieve real savings creating long-term solvency, the Postal Service needs to focus on consolidation in more populated areas where the greatest opportunities for cost reduction exist.”
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.