Releases


April 10, 2012
House Oversight Committee Opens Examination of California High Speed Rail Authority

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is examining California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) operations and use of federal funds. Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) wrote April 9 to all current and former board members as well as current and former executive leadership asking them to preserve documents, records and communications so that CHSRA and other entities can comply with future document requests from the Committee.

April 9, 2012
Issa Announces GSA Hearing for Monday April 16th

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., today announced a hearing examining last week’s General Services Administration Inspector General report, which detailed wasteful spending related to 2010 Las Vegas Convention costing nearly $823,000. In the wake of the report, GSA Administrator Martha Johnson resigned, and the agency dismissed her top deputies. The hearing, titled “Addressing GSA’s Culture of Wasteful Spending”, will take place at 1:30 p.m. in Room 2154 Rayburn House Office Building.

More GSA “American Idle”: Convention Laughs Over Admission that Video Made During Taxpayers’ Time

In one part of an awarded video submitted by GSA Region 7 employees, a roomful of participants holding a picture of President Barack Obama sings:
“POTUS wants a press event, a project he can show … Are you ready for a miracle? GSA’s going Green.”

April 5, 2012
Federal Worker “American Idle” Uncovered: Winning Video Skit from Taxpayer Funded Luxury Las Vegas GSA Convention

From the taxpayer-funded video: “Obama better prepare, when I’m Commissioner. I’d have a road show like [Acting Regional GSA Administrator Jeffrey] Neely, every time you see me rolling on 20s yeah, in my GOV. Spend BA 61 all on fun. ATF can’t touch GS-15 guns! Cause I buy everything your field office can’t afford. Every GS-5 would get a top hat award. Donate my vacation, love to the nation, I’ll never be under OIG investigation.”

April 4, 2012
Oversight Launches ProtectingOurWorkers.com

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today launched ProtectingOurWorkers.com to listen directly to American union workers about forced political contributions and to continue its efforts to hold both government and union leaders accountable to the rank-and-file whose hard-earned dues are funding partisan political activity they don’t support.

April 2, 2012
Issa Statement on GSA IG Report on Wasteful Las Vegas Convention Spending

“After President Obama lectured the private sector about not wasting funds on Las Vegas conventions, it’s hypocritical that such a large agency with critical management responsibilities across government would hold this luxurious conference at the height of the recession and even spend thousands on custom made coins touting the stimulus,” said Chairman Darrell Issa.

March 27, 2012
Issa and Cummings Introduce FISMA Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and  Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Minority Member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-MD., yesterday introduced the Federal Information Security Amendments Act of 2012 (HR 4257). This legislation enhances the Federal Information Security Management Act…

March 26, 2012
Obama More Politician than Commander-in-Chief – Issa

“For all the favors President Obama could have asked of his Russian counterpart – help preventing a nuclear Iran, cutting off support for the regime in Syria, or solidarity on North Korea – he instead asked for patience to work on his re-election. In doing so, President Obama showed himself to be more politician than Commander-in-Chief” – Chairman Issa

March 23, 2012
TSA: Effective Security or Security Theater?

Joint Hearing of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee and The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee   Washington, DC – Transportation Security Administration (TSA) program challenges and failures will be the focus of a joint hearing of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure…

March 21, 2012
Oversight Committee Report Documents Obamacare Costs and Impacts on Job Creators in Their Own Words

(WASHINGTON)—A new report released by Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform documents the direct cost to small- and mid-sized businesses imposed by President Obama’s signature health care legislation.  The release coincides with the two year anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable care…