Press Releases

Aug 28, 2015

Chaffetz Statement on WOTUS Injunction

“Such flawed policy should never see the light of day.” WASHINGTON—House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement today in reaction to a federal judge’s ruling granting a preliminary injunction on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. "Judge Erickson's ruling is a significant and rightful win for states' rights. I am pleased that the ...

Aug 6, 2015

Chaffetz Renews Call for Removal of OPM CIO Donna Seymour

IG memo highlights additional transgressions WASHINGTON—House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) sent a letter today to U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Acting Director Beth Cobert in follow-up to a July 22, 2015 Inspector General (IG) memo. In the memo, the IG advises the Acting Director that ...

Aug 5, 2015

Chaffetz Statement on Senate IRS Targeting Report

Bipartisan Finance Committee report supports need for Commissioner’s removal WASHINGTON—House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) issued the following statement today upon release of the Senate Finance Committee’s bipartisan report on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeting scandal: “This bipartisan report is a helpful addition to our own ongoing investigation. It supports the fact that Commissioner Koskinen provided ...

Jul 29, 2015

Hearing Wrap Up – “EPA Mismanagement Part II”

TAKEAWAYS: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to be plagued by persistent employee misconduct. John Beale, former head of the EPA office of Homeland Security, masqueraded as a covert CIA officer and is now in prison for time and attendance fraud while employed at the EPA. Peter Jutro retired in disgrace after he was found to have sexually assaulted over a ...

Jul 27, 2015

Chaffetz Calls On President to Remove IRS Commissioner Koskinen

Oversight Committee plans to pursue all remedies for accountability https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6kpXaxc87k WASHINGTON—Today, Chairman Jason Chaffetz along with 20 members of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee joined together in calling upon President Obama to remove Internal Revenue ...

Jul 24, 2015

Chaffetz Statement on DOJ OLC Opinion

WASHINGTON—House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)) released the following statement in response to the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) opinion on Inspector General (IG) access to documents: “Today’s opinion places another roadblock in the path of IGs as they work to hold federal agencies accountable and ferret out waste, fraud, and abuse. Nothing should interfere with an IG’s ability to ...

Jul 22, 2015

Committee Passes Twelve Bills With Bipartisan Support

WASHINGTON— Today the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a mark up to consider six pieces of legislation along with six postal naming bills. The following actions were taken by the Committee: H.R. 598, the Taxpayers Right-To-Know ...

Jul 15, 2015

Criminal Justice Reform Hearing Wrap Up

Criminal Justice Reform: Part I Criminal Justice Reform: Part II Witnesses: The Honorable John Cornyn, Senator, Texas The Honorable Cory Booker, Senator, New Jersey The Honorable Jim Sensenbrenner, Representative, Wisconsin 5th District The ...

Jul 15, 2015

House Committee Chairmen Call for Withdrawal of Administration’s Harmful, Unnecessary Blacklisting Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Republican leaders of three congressional committees today wrote to the Department of Labor and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council to call for the withdrawal of the administration’s proposed blacklisting guidance and regulation. Expressing concern over the anticipated harmful consequences of the proposal, leaders on the Education and the Workforce Committee, Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Small Business Committee explain: The ...

Jul 14, 2015

Oversight Committee Issues Subpoena to OIRA for WOTUS Documents

Administrator refuses to produce documents despite numerous Congressional inquiries WASHINGTON – Today, after repeated efforts to work with the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz issued a subpoena to Administrator Howard Shelanski to produce documents and communications related to the agency’s review of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. Upon issuing the subpoena ...